Despite Nelson Agholor reportedly leaving the Philadelphia Eagles for the Las Vegas Raiders, Rasul Douglas has no time for slander of his former teammate.
The 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of USC, Agholor has officially signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, to compete with the likes of Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow, and (probably) the 12th overall pick to become Derek Carr‘s go-to target.
And unsurprisingly, his new deal is music to Philly fans’ ears.
Believe you me, we all have our own opinions on Mr. Agholor, some good, most not good, and if you mosey on over to Twitter, you can find a ton of them. However, one person who is having none of this Agholor slander is none other than his former teammate, and potentially the Eagles’ 2020 CB2, Rasul Douglas.
After initially expressing his support for Agholor’s new deal – regrettably forgetting that the Raiders now play in Las Vegas – Douglas slid into the comments to section and went to work defending his dude.
Try to say ‘Thank god he’s gone’? Not so fast my friend, Douglas clapped back with a cool “Nelly was one of the best WRs on the team. That’s facts”. How about calling out that Agholor was only one of the team’s best wide receivers because the team ‘really didn’t have no one‘? Nope, Douglas bodied up that comment like a true man-press cornerback, declaring that his buddy is elite and that fans were tripping.
Ever a realist, Douglas did admit that his former teammate had his fair share of issues with the dropsies, but the soon-to-be fourth-year defensive back gave his assessment of Agholor’s game as only a defensive back who faced off against him one-on-one can offer.
And here’s the thing: Douglas is right.
Agholor has long been described as the Eagles’ best route runner, the man who just signed him, Mike Mayok, praising his ‘precise route running‘ all the way back in 2015 as part of his NFL.com draft profile. Agholor is also deceptively fast, even if he was seldom asked to fully utilize his 4.42 speed on go-route while lined up across some true deep threats like Torrey Smith and DeSean Jackson.
As NJ.com’s Mike Kaye pointed out in his own unrelated Agholor tweet, if Agholor was a third-round pick, he’d probably be lauded for having eight catches in the Super Bowl, not villainized for never quite living up to his initial expectations of being the second coming of Jeremy Maclin.
In unrelated news, the Eagles are also reportedly shopping Douglas as per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk/NBC Sports, but I’m sure that’s unrelated to his ability to scout his former teammates.
Ultimately, Nelson Agholor needed a new home to have any hope of taking a step forward in his professional football career. Despite flashing the occasional, um, flashes of brilliance, the 26-year-old could never put it together consistently and become the Philadelphia Eagles’ top receiving threat, even when he was playing alongside the likes of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Robert Davis, and Greg Ward. But don’t get any of that slander near Rasul Douglas, as he’ll swat that away like his 25 career passes defensed – that is, if he’s still on the roster come Week 1.