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Nelson Agholor

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #17
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #17
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Nelson Agholor News

Logs 50 snaps versus Jets

Agholor was on the field for 50 of a possible 58 snaps on offense in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets, Mike Reiss of reports. In the process, the wideout caught all three of his targets for 21 yards.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jakobi Meyers logged 52 snaps and six targets and Kendrick Bourne was out there for 31 plays and was targeted three times. With RB James White and TEs Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry also commanding regular targets, Agholor's weekly volume figures to fluctuate in an offense that tends to spread the ball around to multiple targets. That said, it's pretty clear that Agholor is destined for steady playing time this season, health permitting.

Sep 20, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Posts 72 yards, scores

Agholor recorded five receptions on seven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Agholor finished tied for second on the team with seven targets, but he was by far the most efficient pass-catcher. He displayed a diverse skillset, recording short and mid-range receptions over the middle of the field while also racking up a 25-yard catch as a deep target. He highlighted the performance with a seven-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter, which gave the Patriots a brief lead. This opening performance bodes well for Agholor moving forward, as he showcased immediate rapport with rookie quarterback Mac Jones.

Sep 12, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Agholor (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Agholor is thus in line to be part of a Week 1 WR corps that also features Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne. However, with rookie signal-caller Mac Jones at the helm, it's not hard to imagine the Patriots employing a run-heavy attack early on this season, with tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry candidates to be very active in the passing game. Steady volume therefore could be an issue for Agholor, who joined the team as a free agent in March.

Sep 12, 2021 12:10 PM EST

Questionable after return to practice

Agholor (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins after returning to a limited practice Friday.

Analysis: Agholor didn't practice Thursday, so his return to the field Friday bodes well for his chances of suiting up for Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. If, however, the team's free-agent acquisition is limited or out this weekend, added looks would be available for fellow WRs Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne.

Sep 10, 2021 1:46 PM EST

Misses practice Thursday

Agholor (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Agholor's status for Sunday's season opener versus Miami is thus uncertain, though his outlook on that front could brighten if he returns to practice Friday. If he's out this weekend, however, added looks figure to be available for fellow WRs Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne.

Sep 9, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Agholor (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Agholor is managing a previous issue, or tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's practice, but for now consider the projected starting wideout day-to-day as Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins approaches. If available, Agholor is poised to be a key cog in the Patriots' passing attack in Week 1, along with fellow WRs Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne, as well as TEs Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

Sep 8, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Healthy after early exit

Agholor (undisclosed) is practicing Thursday, Ryan Hannable of reports.

Analysis: His early exit from Wednesday's practice may have been related to the heat. Agholor is back on the field Thursday, presumably occupying his usual role with the first-team offense. He and Jakobi Meyers are easily the best bets to see regular targets among Patriots wide receivers, though overall passing-game volume in New England could be lacking again, especially if Cam Newton wins the starting QB job.

Aug 26, 2021 6:58 AM EST

Exits Wednesday's practice

Agholor (undisclosed) left Wednesday's practice early, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that with temperatures approaching 90 degrees Wednesday, it's possible Agholor's departure (as well as that of OT Isaiah Wynn ) was heat-related. Thursday's practice should provided added context regarding Agholor's status as the Patriots approach Sunday's preseason finale against the Giants.

Aug 26, 2021 5:31 AM EST

Gets starter's treatment

Agholor "got the starting wideout treatment" while logging 14 snaps in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jakobi Meyers was out there for 15 snaps and Kendrick Bourne logged 31. Per Cox, "those three look like sure bets to be the Patriots' top receivers this season." In his projected role as a starter in the team's offense, Agholor is in a good position to earn steady snaps and a share of targets this coming season. While the team's attack could well feature a run-heavy approach and plenty of two-TE sets, Agholor's utility as a deep threat gives him a degree of weekly fantasy upside to accompany a modest floor, given that steady volume could be an issue for the team's key wide receivers.

Aug 20, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Returns to field

Agholor (undisclosed) returned to practice Sunday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Reiss notes that Agholor missed the Patriots' preseason opener due to an undisclosed issue that didn't "seem major in scope" and the wideout's return to the field Sunday would seem to put him on track to be available for Thursday's contest against the Eagles. This coming season, Agholor is projected to start in a New England wide receiving corps that also features Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and N'Keal Harry.

Aug 15, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Sitting out Thursday

Agholor (undisclosed) won't play in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: The Patriots held Agholor out of Sunday's practice due to an unknown injury, and while he got back on the field Monday he barely participated in the team portion of drills. Consequently, the team is being cautious with the offseason addition, likely with his health for Week 1 the primary motivator. After Thursday, Agholor will have two more chances to play an exhibition before the season opener.

Aug 12, 2021 4:12 PM EST

Not much work in return to practice

Agholor (undisclosed) was limited in practice Monday, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Agholor got the day off Sunday due to an unknown injury, but upon his return one day later he was "virtually invisible in team periods," per Callahan. With just three days to go before the Patriots' preseason opener Thursday against Washington, Agholor doesn't seem like a candidate to suit up, with his health for Week 1 in mind. His absence opens up reps for the likes of Kendrick Bourne and N'Keal Harry alongside starter Jakobi Meyers.

Aug 9, 2021 3:14 PM EST

Rejoins practice

Agholor (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.

Analysis: Agholor was held out Sunday but apparently isn't dealing with a serious injury. He and Jakobi Meyers look like the top wideouts in New England, with Kendrick Bourne and N'Keal Harry also competing for snaps.

Aug 9, 2021 12:44 PM EST

Absent from practice

Agholor (undisclosed) didn't practice Sunday, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: This marks the first training camp absence for Agholor, who is projected to start for the Patriots after having signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the team this offseason. Also in the mix to be key cogs in the New England wide receiving corps in 2021 are Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and possibly N'Keal Harry, who's been impressive so far this summer.

Aug 8, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Projects as WR1

Agholor, who signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the Patriots in free agency, "projects as the (team's) No. 1 receiver," per's Zack Cox.

Analysis: Given the terms of his deal, that's hardly a surprise, but news of Julian Edelman's retirement only underscores that Agholor is in store for a key role in New England's offense this coming season. The 2015 first-rounder will look to build off a solid 2020 campaign, in which he recorded 48 catches for 896 yards and eight TDs for the Raiders. In the process, Agholor displayed utility as a deep threat, en route to averaging 18.7 yards per catch. Ultimately, the 27-year-old's fantasy upside hinges on his how well his clicks with QB Cam Newton, but unless the Patriots select a wideout early in the upcoming NFL Draft, it's safe to assume that Agholor will be a good position to earn steady snaps and targets in 2021.

Apr 13, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Heading to New England

The Patriots and Agholor agreed to terms of a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: And the signings continue in New England, where the Patriots addressed a clear need at wide receiver. The terms of the deal haven't been revealed, but Agholor will join Julian Edelman (knee) at the top of the depth chart. Agholor had a resurgent campaign with the Raiders in 2020, recording a career-high 896 yards, matching a career best with eight touchdowns and averaging a whopping 18.7 yards on his 49 receptions.

Mar 15, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Career resurgence in Vegas

Agholor, who caught one pass for 57 yards on four targets in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos, finished the 2020 season with 48 catches for 896 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 targets in 16 games.

Analysis: A change of scenery proved beneficial for Agholor, who posted career highs in receiving yards and 20-plus yard catches while matching his previous best with eight touchdowns after signing a one-year deal with the Raiders last offseason. The 27-year-old eventually earned WR1 honors in Vegas with Tyrell Williams (shoulder) shelved for the season, but volume wasn't always consistent for Agholor while tight end Darren Waller erupted for 107 catches (on 145 targets) for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns. Agholor saw double-digit targets just once, and he never caught more than six passes in a single contest. Nonetheless, Agholor may have earned himself a revamped contract with the Raiders as fellow receivers Henry Ruggs (concussion) and Bryan Edwards continue to develop.

Jan 7, 2021 7:25 AM EST

Tears off 85-yard fourth-quarter TD

Agholor reeled in five of six targets for 155 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Agholor's explosive 85-yard TD provided Las Vegas with a six-point lead at the 3:37 mark of the fourth quarter, before Daniel Carlson failed on the subsequent point-after try. The 27-year-old wideout has been revitalized in his debut campaign with the Raiders, surpassing his previous career high Saturday by pushing his season-long receiving total to 839 yards. A Week 16 receiving score pulls Agholor even to his personal best of eight as Las Vegas enters its season finale against the Broncos' 10th-ranked pass defense.

Dec 26, 2020 9:36 PM EST

Four-catch night in defeat

Agholor brought in four of eight targets for 49 yards in the Raiders' 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The speedy veteran fought through what appeared to be a pinkie finger dislocation at one point to check in as a distant second to Darren Waller in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the Raiders for the night. Agholor's downturn after a 100-yard effort versus the Colts in Week 14 represented some unfortunate timing for fantasy managers with him on their postseason rosters, but Agholor has at least continued to be a serviceable option in full PPR formats most weeks -- Thursday represented his fifth straight game with at least four catches. He'll look to up his overall production at the expense of the Dolphins in a Saturday night Week 16 matchup on Dec. 26.

Dec 17, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Scores seventh touchdown

Agholor caught five of nine targets for 100 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Agholor led the team in receiving yardage while finishing second in targets and catches. He scored a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter to bring him within one of his career high of eight in a single season. Agholor's production has varied a bit from week to week, but he's averaged 5.0 catches and 70 yards per game over the last four heading into Thursday's matchup with the Chargers.

Dec 13, 2020 5:09 PM EST

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