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Nelson Agholor: 'I can't really explain that'

Nelson Agholor: 'I can't really explain that'

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Another game, another embarrassing moment for Nelson Agholor.

Early in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 37-10 loss to the Cowboys Sunday night (see Roob's observations), Agholor separated from Cowboys safety Jeff Heath on a deep ball from Carson Wentz.

Touchdown?

Nope.

In the worst in a series of infuriating plays this year by Agholor, he lowered his hands as the ball sailed past him, and instead of a 60-yard gain — at least — the ball bounced harmlessly to the ground.

The only way to put it is that the ball went exactly where Agholor’s hands were … until he moved them away from that point.

The Eagles probably weren’t going to win the game. But if Agholor scored, it would have at least made it a 13-point game with 11 minutes left.

It’s a ball Agholor has to catch.

He didn’t even try.

I tried to get open,” he said. “I was hauling tail, make a move on the safety, use the space that I had to run across the field, and I was running and by the time I was trying to track it, the ball was already out of position. I wish I was able to get there, but I don’t know what happened. … I don’t know if he was rushed or whatever, but we had enough field and I was trying to get there.

The Eagles had a 1st-and-10 on their own 20. Perfect time to hit their first big play since the Falcons game five weeks ago.

Agholor was at the 28-yard-line when the ball sailed past him. He might not have scored, but considering his angle and how far back Heath was, he would have gotten at least to the 15.

I made a move on the guy, I’m starting to run to my landmark, and I get closer, and I’m seeing it low in trajectory,” he said. “So it is what it is. I can’t really explain that. Every day we see big plays, but then we see some that just miss and it sucks because we’re on the end of not making them and I wish we were making them, so I understand there is a focus on that. That’s one I wish we had made.

If the ball arrived before Agholor was expecting it, it was because Wentz got hit on the play by Kerry Hyder.

But he still has to catch it. He at least has to try.

Agholor at one point in his career made plays like that routinely. He has 13 career catches of 40 or more yards.

This year he’s made news for the big plays he hasn’t made than the one that he has.

I thought we had a touchdown when we threw it,” Wentz said. “I didn’t see the end result, I was on the ground, so I didn’t get a chance to see it. When I threw it, I thought we had a good one there. I have to make a better throw there obviously and hopefully get him in the end zone next time.

It’s been a miserable season for Agholor, who dropped an easy 60-yard touchdown that would have given the Eagles a lead in the Falcons game.

Agholor caught two passes for 24 yards Sunday night. In the last five games, he has just nine catches for 110 yards and no TDs. He’s on pace for just 580 yards this year.

He’s making nearly $9 1/2 million.

It’s frustrating for us because we’re not winning, because we’re a good football team,” he said. “I’m not concerned about me as an individual. If we’re winning, I’m happy. Statistics mean nothing if you lose football games. Now, if my statistics were to help us win, then I’m happy about that.

Lately, his statistics — or lack of them — have only been helping the Eagles lose.

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Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

A few years ago, Rick Lovato was working in his family’s restaurant, Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, in Lincroft, New Jersey, just waiting for a chance.

He wasn’t the best at making pizza, but Lovato could make a mean breakfast sandwich. 

Maybe he still can, but Lovato won’t have to worry about picking up an apron again anytime soon. He’s in the middle of what might end up being a long and profitable NFL career. 

The Eagles on Tuesday signed the 27-year-old long snapper to a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2023 season. 

Lovato has been playing this season on a one-year deal he signed in February and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s worth noting that kicker Jake Elliott and punter Cameron Johnston are also in the final years of their contracts, so perhaps another move or two will be coming. 

While this deal won’t break the bank the way Brandon Brooks’ extension did last week, the Eagles seem interested right now in re-signing some players they want to keep around. 

The Eagles initially signed Lovato in December of 2016 after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. Lovato performed well enough that the Eagles traded Dorenbos the following August and made Lovato their full-time long snapper. 

Lovato has played in 45 regular-season games and five playoff games with the Eagles, including Super Bowl LII. He has a giant Lombardi Trophy tattooed on his side. 

Being a long snapper is kind of like being an offensive lineman in some ways. The less you hear about the long snapper, the more likely he’s performing well and not making mistakes. So, for Lovato’s sake, hopefully this is the last time you hear his name for a few years.  

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Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

We've got some overall defense, some Zach Ertz and some Miles Sanders in this week's edition of 10 Roob Stats.

Yes, we can always come up with positive stats even when the Eagles lose!

—> The Eagles have held three straight opponents to 17 or fewer points and fewer than 300 yards. This is only the second time that’s happened in the last 11 years. They also did it against the Steelers, Bears and Browns — the first three games of the Doug Pederson Era. Only the Patriots and 49ers have also had such streaks this year.

—> Carson Wentz’s current streak of 13 straight games with a touchdown pass is 3rd-longest in Eagles history, behind Wentz’s 22-game streak over the 2016 through 2018 seasons and Randall Cunningham’s 18-game streak in 1987 and 1988.

—> Wentz played his 50th career game Sunday. Among all QBs in NFL history in their first 50 games, he ranks 9th in most TD passes, 9th in passing yards, 12th in accuracy, second in completions and 3rd in interception percentage and has the 4th-highest passer rating.

—> Zach Ertz’s nine catches Sunday give him 55 this year. He’s the first player in Eagles history with six straight 50-catch seasons. Keith Byars [1988-92], Jeremy Maclin [2009-14], and Brian Westbrook [2004-08] had five.

—> Zach Ertz now has 17 career nine-catch games. Only Tony Gonzalez [25] and Jason Witten [20] have more in NFL history among tight ends. The last two games mark the fourth time in his career he’s had nine catches in consecutive games. The only other players in Eagles history to do that once are Pete Pihos in 1955 Terrell Owens in 2005.

—> One more Ertz: He’s increased his career total to 492 receptions, 20th-most in NFL history by a tight end. He only needs 14 to pass six more tight ends and move into 14th place. At his current rate, he’ll be in the all-time top-10 by Week 3 of next season.

—> The Eagles allowed 14 TD drives of 60 yards or more the first six games of the season. They’ve allowed 4 the last four games.

—> They’ve also held six straight home opponents under 100 rushing yards, the 6th-longest streak in franchise history and 3rd-longest since 1955.

—> The Eagles are on pace to allow fewer than 1,400 rushing yards ad fewer than 3.8 per carry in the same season for only the second time since 1991 and the sixth time since 1955.

—> He didn’t have a huge game Sunday, but Miles Sanders did add 47 scrimmage yards to his 2019 total and now ranks second among all rookie NFL running backs with 688 scrimmage yards, behind only Josh Jacobs of the Raiders, who has 1,067 (and 97 more touches).

—> Sanders’ 688 yards are most ever by an Eagles rookie running back after 10 games (35 more than Lee Bouggess in 1970) and second-most by any rookie, behind only DeSean Jackson (732). Sanders needs to average 52 yards from scrimmage the rest of the season for 1,000. The only Eagles rookie to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards was Jackson (1,008 in 2008). The most by a running back was LeSean McCoy’s 945 in 2009.

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