PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nelson Agholor couldn’t hold it in any longer.
After the Eagles’ 29-23 overtime loss against the Cowboys on Sunday night, Agholor — who caught three of his four targets — went on a rant when he was asked about his first-quarter red zone drop.READ MORE: Sources: Man Confesses To Murdering Girlfriend, Dumping Body To Upper Darby Police
Head coach Doug Pederson says the 2015 first-round pick is letting the criticism get to him.
“I personally think that sometimes it’s just the person themself,” Pederson said when asked about Agholor’s struggles. “I think that sometimes you can’t get out of your way. I think you press too much, I think you try too hard. Because you’re hearing all of the outside noise from the media and the fans, you’re trying to do too much. It bothers you individually and so I think that’s what is happening with Nelson right now. He’s a talented, talented wide receiver.”
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Agholor has just 21 catches in seven games this season for 216 yards and one touchdown. He is the only receiver in the NFL to start at least 18 games since the start of 2015, and total less than 500 yards and five touchdowns, per 94WIP’s Joe Giglio.
“This will be my message to him this week is, ‘Just relax and go play. Trust your instincts, trust your ability, let’s work hard everyday. Don’t worry about the outside noise,'” Pederson said.
“And I’m just gonna go, ‘Nelson if you’re getting it, guess what? I’m getting it too. Let’s just work through this thing together and we’ll be fine.'”MORE NEWS: Taste With Tori: Sophie's BBQ Offering Smokey Favorites, Delicious Comfort Foods Any Time Of Year
The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and last week reports circulated involving the Eagles’ interest in 49ers WR Torrey Smith and Bears WR Alshon Jeffery. However, Pederson said there was “no legitimacy” to those reports.