Eagles insider Geoff Mosher believes the team's slot job is Nelson Agholor's "to lose." The former 1st-rounder reportedly had an impressive spring filling in for WR Jordan Matthews (knee) with the 1st-team offense. "He showed reliable hands, excellent route-running and, most importantly, a newfound confidence that had been lacking in his rookie and sophomore seasons," Mosher writes. It's unclear if Agholor claiming the slot job would kick Matthews outside or out of the starting lineup altogether. (Alshon Jeffery is locked in, and the Eagles also added Torrey Smith this offseason.) We're also not yet completely buying Agholor's emergence based on pad-less spring practices. It'll certainly be a situation to watch over the next few weeks, though. Jeffery is the only reasonably safe pick in Philly's WR corps right now.

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The start of the new league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday means that Nelson Agholor's $9.387 million salary for 2019 is now guaranteed, according to Pro Football Talk. Agholor had been rumored to be on the trade block or even a cut candidate. Barring a trade now, though, he'll be back with the Eagles for the final season on his rookie contract. Agholor will need to fight for the #3 target role in a crowded pass-catching crew that added DeSean Jackson via trade. He'll merely be a late-round option in fantasy football drafts.

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor returned to practice Sunday for the 1st time in "a while," according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. Agholor had been out since early August with an injury HC Doug Pederson deemed only "lower body." Agholor now has about a week and a half to work into football shape before the Thursday night regular-season opener.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Tuesday that WR Nelson Agholor is dealing with a "lower-body injury." He's been sidelined for about a week now. Pederson wouldn't provide any other details but said the plan is to get Agholor ready for Week 1. We'll keep an eye on him over the next few weeks. Between QB Carson Wentz's knee, WR Alshon Jeffery's shoulder and now Agholor, Philly's passing game is on shaky ground.

NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes Nelson Agholor "should be the Eagles' top targeted receiver on offense this season." We always take beat-writer projections with a big grain of salt. But it's certainly worth noting that Shorr-Parks highlights Agholor as 1 of the team's most improved players early in camp. (And that's coming off a 62-768-8 campaign.) "Agholor has been close to unstoppable during the team drills at training camp," Shorr-Parks writes. "His damage has been done all over the field. He has worked the middle of the field. He has gotten behind the Eagles' defense. He has turned short catches into long gains." Agholor spent time with Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss this offseason and has displayed stronger hands and a bigger catch radius. With WR Alshon Jeffery still recovering from shoulder surgery, there's at least opportunity for Agholor to open the season as Philly's top WR. He's a fine value at his 9th-round ADP.

ESPN's Tim McManus writes that Eagles WR Nelson Agholor "was easily one of the standouts of the spring." QB Carson Wentz came away from OTAs and minicamp impressed as well. "He's always been an explosive guy, but boy, it sure seems like he might have gotten quicker and more explosive this offseason," said quarterback Carson Wentz. "He's getting open, making plays. It's good to see." Agholor reportedly worked in the slot quite a bit with Jordan Matthews out nursing knee tendinitis. Once Matthews returns, Agholor's likely looking at no better than the #4 WR spot in an Eagles pass offense with plenty to prove. He'll have a tough time returning any fantasy value in 2017. But a potential turnaround keeps the 24-year-old in the mix as a stash for dynasty owners -- especially with Matthews and Alshon Jeffery in contract years.

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