Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Agholor is tired of talking about drops. 
 
While he was responsible for just one drop during Sunday night's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, the Eagles had several, and the offense compiled just 291 yards. 
 
Agholor’s drop came in the first half on a slant from Carson Wentz near the end zone on 3rd-and-6 and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. For the game, Agholor finished with three catches on four targets for 25 yards. 
 
In the locker room, he was asked about the drops and plays the Eagles left on the field. 
 
That set him off a little bit.
 
“At the end of the day, man, that s--- is nothing,” a seemingly perturbed Agholor told reporters after the game. “You just got to make the next one. Everybody runs routes, sometimes they're contested, sometimes you drop them. But if you make as many as you possibly can that come your way, you're gonna put yourself in a good position. No one's perfect. 
 
“I don't look at no drops, none of that type of s---. I'm tired of hearing that s---. That s--- [is] stupid. We play football. I dropped the first one, I ain't drop one after that. What does it matter? Because if we lose, now it's like one play is blamed. 'Oh this person did this.' No! 
 
“As a team, we had a responsibility to win football games and I get it. Certain plays could have helped. But there's still four quarters of football to be played and we gotta win. You heard it from me. I don't have time for that no more, man. I got time to win football games only. No statistics, no who did this. Win! That's all that matters. That's what this coaching staff cares about, that's what I care about, that's what we all care about: winning football games.”
 
After Sunday’s game, Agholor said he felt bad for the Eagles’ defense because while the defense couldn’t stop the Cowboys when it really mattered, the Eagles' offense couldn’t put the game away either. 
 
The offense deserved plenty of the blame. 
 
“Completely, man,” Agholor said. “This game comes down to a whole team. Ain't none of that s---. At the end of the day, this whole team had a responsibility to finish the football game. Every individual player that suited up tonight had a responsibility. There's not one player, not one side of the ball, none of that s---. It's a whole team and it sucked to lose the f------ football game. That's just how I feel. I don't put blame on nobody. We needed to win a football game tonight.”
 
Through six games this season, Agholor has 21 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. While he should easily surpass his rookie numbers soon, this season has still been a disappointment for the 2015 first-round pick. 
 
It’s been even more disappointing now that the Eagles have lost three of their last four games following an impressive 3-0 start. 
 
“It's frustrating because at the end of the day, we want to win,” he said. “We deserved to win. We practiced hard and we played hard. We wanted to win that football game and at the end of the day, certain things didn't go our way and it sucks that that was the case. But we need to learn from it, just like Coach said, just like we needed to learn from all the ones before. 
 
“We need to find a way to wake up and start winning football games the way we truly deserve to and we truly prepare to. We practice very hard, we practice with great detail and now we just need to execute and win on Sunday.”

Mike Mayock: Eagles should weigh Gareon Conley vs. offense at 14

Mike Mayock: Eagles should weigh Gareon Conley vs. offense at 14

The Eagles need cornerbacks. Plural. 

It's not a secret that the team's biggest weakness heading into next week's draft is at the cornerback position. So it would stand to reason that their best bet might be to simply take the best one off the board when they're on the clock at 14.

But NFL Network's Mike Mayock, on his annual pre-draft conference call marathon extravaganza Friday, said he thinks they should take a different approach. 

Looking at the top corners in the draft, Mayock is convinced Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore will be off the board well before the Eagles are on the clock at 14. His next rated corner is Gareon Conley. After that, Mayock has Marlon Humphrey but pointed out his major flaw of struggling to find the football in the air. 

So if Conley makes it to 14, the Eagles should pick him, right? 

Not so fast. 

"So I look at it this way, if Conley's on the board at 14, you have to compare him to the best playmaker on offense on your board," Mayock said. "Because I'm not convinced the Eagles should go defense, to be honest with you. 

"If Conley's not there, I think you want to go get your corner in the second or third round and I think they need two corners. But my perspective is, you drafted Carson Wentz. You better support him. You signed two wideouts in free agency (Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith) who are both effectively one-year contracts. Your slot receiver, (Jordan) Matthews is in the final year of his deal. (Brent) Celek, the tight end, is 32 years old. 

"So you might sit there and go, 'This year looks OK,' but get a running back. Get a (Christian) McCaffrey or a Dalvin Cook. Get a tight end, O.J. Howard. Get weapons. Get one of those wideouts you like. So I would be comparing Conley to the highest playmaker you have on the board offensively. And I might be leaning towards offense if it was me." 

Zach Ertz hopes he and Carson Wentz can be NFL's next great duo

Zach Ertz hopes he and Carson Wentz can be NFL's next great duo

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. Cam Newton and Greg Olsen. 

When Zach Ertz looks at the recent history of great quarterback-tight end duos in the NFL, he can't help but notice one thing stands out. 

"Those guys have been together for a long time," Ertz said Thursday afternoon. 

Brady and Gronk have been together for seven seasons. Cam and Olsen have been together for six. And Brees and Graham were together for five. 

"And I think just having that, where you're on the same page regardless of the coverage," Ertz continued. "If they give you this coverage, you know exactly what you're going to do. If they give you that coverage, he knows exactly what I'm going to do. When to expect the ball vs. certain coverages, it might be a little earlier, it might be a little later. So it's just that constant camaraderie where we're able to know what the other person is thinking without thinking about it."

Ertz hopes that's the kind of relationship he can forge with Carson Wentz, who will enter his second NFL season in 2017. 

Ertz and Wentz spend a lot of time together in the facility and away from it. A group of Eagles went to Ertz's wedding earlier this offseason, and of course, Wentz was present. If it seems like Ertz is going to great lengths to build a rapport with his quarterback, he is. 

After going through Mike Vick and Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford, the Eagles' starting tight end finally has a quarterback that isn't going anywhere for a while.  

"It's going to be huge," Ertz said about playing with Wentz for a second straight year. "I think when Carson was drafted, from the receivers and tight ends, that was the one thing we were really excited about. That we knew for the next five, 10, 20 years, hopefully, in Philadelphia, we knew who our quarterback was going to be."

Since he was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Stanford, Ertz has been an extremely productive player. But that has set up huge expectations as fans wait for a "breakout year." Zach Ertz might never be Rob Gronkowski, but the numbers are hard to argue. 

In the first four years of his career, Ertz has 247 catches for 2,840 yards and 13 touchdowns. Since 2013, here's the list of tight ends who have more catches and yards than Ertz: Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Delanie Walker, Antonio Gates. 

Ertz and Jeremy Maclin are the only two players in Eagles history to put up those numbers in their first four seasons. 

The argument often heard about Ertz's numbers is that they come in garbage time. Ertz has historically been an absolute beast in December. In the last few years, that hasn't meant much to a struggling Eagles franchise, but if they're in the playoff hunt in upcoming years, they'll probably want that trend to continue. 

The one statistic that doesn't seem to match the others: touchdowns. While Ertz has been among top tight ends in the league in receptions and yards, his 13 touchdowns rank 17th among tight ends since 2013. (It's not a stat, but for what it's worth, Ertz would likely be among the league leaders in touchdowns called back for penalties in the last few years.)

"I want to be the guy in the red zone, believe me," Ertz said. "For the first four years in my career, I think the most touchdowns I had in a year was four. So this year, we didn't have a lot of red zone touchdowns and that falls on us as players to get it down when we get down there, make plays when the ball's in the air. That's something I do pride myself on, making those tough and contested catches, whether it be in the red zone or third down. I want to be more of a go-to guy in the red zone, but I've got to earn that this spring and summer, earn that trust of the quarterback as well as Doug (Pederson). It's going to be a process, but when you look at the great tight ends in the league, the first thing that stands out is touchdowns."