FOXBORO – Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor claims that all it took for him to sign in to the free agency was a phone call.
“I think having the greatest coach ever, Bill Belichick, call you and tell you he wants you to be a part of something special,” Agholor said Thursday, “that was enough.”
Since then, Agholor has caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He has worked most closely with wide receiver coach Mick Lombardi and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Had he known in March what he knows now, a call from McDaniels could have done the trick as much as one from Belichick.
“I’ve seen how they attack defense, so I’m super happy just to work with (McDaniels) because I think I’m learning more as a player,” Agholor said. “Not even from a performance standpoint, I think I, as just a player who is a fan of football, learn a lot more by seeing how he sees things.”
Agholor then elaborated, saying McDaniels understands all aspects of the defense. McDaniels is the fifth offensive coordinator Agholor has played under since starting his career in Philadelphia and playing last season for the Raiders. During this time, the veteran wideout was also coached by Super Bowl-winning head coaches Jon Gruden and Doug Pederson.
Agholor said he would not compare McDaniels to any of his old coaches, but reiterated his appreciation of the Pats’ longtime offensive leader.
“He’s super intelligent,” Agholor said. “He enables guys to succeed. And he also understands not only protection, a flash, covers, he looks at it all. As an OC, he can understand how the defense attacks you on all three levels. So I definitely have – to be here and see him, that’s something I have a lot of respect for. ”
Pat’s tight end Hunter Henry, who also logged on to free agency, agreed with Agholor’s assessment on Thursday, saying he looks forward to seeing what McDaniels draws every morning before training.
“He’s really, really smart,” Henry said. “It’s fun to be coached by a guy like that.”
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