Perhaps the most impressive play of the first week of the preseason was a leaping, acrobatic 34-yard touchdown catch by Eagles rookie Nelson Agholor, who has already begun to win over fans in the city of brotherly love. His flash and athleticism is already garnering attention as one of this year’s top fantasy sleeper picks.
These are the same fans that were concerned when Chip Kelly used the 20th pick of this year’s draft to select this impressive wideout from USC, mostly because Agholor never received the hype that other names, such as Kevin White and Amari Cooper, enjoyed.
Already projected to start over Riley Cooper and join Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews in a young, but promising backfield, Agholor may perhaps be the Eagles receiver to own this year in fantasy drafts.
While Jordan Matthews found huge success in the slot last year, he won’t have Jeremy Maclin this season to draw defensive attention, which means that Matthews’ numbers will most likely recede. Agholor will be a solid WR3 who impresses with his precise route running and speed, and should be taken over Jordan Matthews.
Even with an erratic and wildly inconsistent Mark Sanchez at the helm for his first NFL showing against the Colts, Agholor was able to leap and pull the ball down and burst for a quick touchdown. After all, let’s not forget the last big-name receiver whose first catch in the preseason went for a touchdown: Terrell Owens. While it may be too soon for such comparisons, Agholor will surely be a positive surprise for fantasy owners this year. The Agholor era has begun.