In the Eagles' 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night, Nelson Agholor hauled in eight of 10 targets for 33 yards in the Eagles' 18-12 win over the Falcons on Thursday. He also completed his sole pass attempt for 15 yards to quarterback Nick Foles and rushed once for 16 yards.
He lined up as an outside wide receiver. He lined up as a slot receiver. He was everywhere and indispensable, and if you know anything about Nelson Agholor's career with the Eagles, you know how ridiculous such an assertion once would have been.
Agholor finished with eight catches for 33 yards, the fewest yards gained for a wide receiver who had at least eight catches in a game since Washington’s Brandon Banks in 2012. To catch eight passes and finish with 33 yards is almost unheard of in the NFL, and when it does happen it’s usually a running back who catches a lot of dump-off passes. For a wide receiver to do it is something you hardly ever see.
"I have been really impressed with Nelson and his work ethic and his drive and his motivation to really excel, not only at this level but also with his craft, being a skilled receiver," Pederson said. "It was evident [Thursday] that our confidence in him, my confidence in him, is extremely high. We move inside and outside now and find unique ways to get him the football. He's very explosive with the ball in his hand. My hat's off to him, the way he's worked the last couple of seasons to get himself in this position."
So it was an unusual night for Agholor on Thursday, in more ways than one.