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Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant. 

Nelson Agholor said on Thursday afternoon that he does not have a Twitter burner account. 

On Thursday, the interwebs got in a tizzy when a photo-less account was spotted by Twitter sleuths responding to Eagles reporters and fans with a bunch of pro-Agholor and anti-Carson Wentz tweets. The account name (@efam33) was seemingly a nod to Agholor’s middle name, Efamehule, and used words like “we” and “us” when talking about the Eagles’ receivers and Agholor. 

But the fact that there was no actual evidence to support the theory of a burner account didn’t stop many from grabbing pitchforks. 

“It’s not me,” Agholor said to the crowd of reporters around his locker. “So which of you guys are going to tweet, ‘It’s not Nelson’?”

Either Agholor was foolish enough to create a Twitter account using his middle name to defend himself and put down teammates or someone used Agholor’s recent struggles and poor standing with the fan base as an opportunity to create some chaos. If the goal was to get attention, it worked. And after the Bryan Colangelo/Sixers fiasco in 2018, Philadelphia is hypersensitive about burner accounts. 

Agholor, 26, was actually the one who brought up talk of the supposed burner account on Thursday afternoon. He wanted to clear his name. 

“You know what, I’m going to be honest with you,” Agholor said. “I have a friend that’s in Tampa, we FaceTimed today in my break and he’s like, ‘This is crazy, somebody has talked about you having a burner account, which is nuts.’ I was like, ‘Dog, what is you talking about?’ And I talked to our PR people and they told me. 

“I just want to know, which one of you, my friends in the media are gonna go on your Twitter handle and say, ‘Alright, stop playing with Nelson. This wasn’t him.’”

One reporter told Agholor they weren’t even going to address the speculation.  

“I would like for you guys to address it,” Agholor said. “You guys know me well.”

And that’s fair. While we have no way to truly know whether or not this account belongs to him — and all the tweets have since been deleted — Agholor has always handled criticism head on. When necessary, he answers tough questions, just like he did in the wake of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. 

The timing was suspect too. The account just popped up a couple days ago. Earlier this week, Agholor deleted his Instagram account to eliminate distractions. So Agholor deleted Instagram to get away from negativity and immediately created an anonymous Twitter account to confront it? 

For the record, Agholor does have a public Twitter account: @nelsonagholor. 

“Social media, it’s a place where you can influence for the positive, but once the energy isn’t helpful, there’s no need for it,” said Agholor, who added that he deleted his Instagram because his family members were reading the comments. 

“I gotta focus on the Eagles, the guys in this locker room and our loyal fans that need us to play well. And I have to have positive energy. It’s a part of eliminating distractions.”

As for the knee injury Agholor suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, he said he felt better on Thursday, but still missed practice for the second straight day. He’s hoping to get on the field Friday and is still holding out hope about playing Sunday against the Seahawks. 

This has been a very disappointing season for Agholor and he has become the target of much of the fan base’s vitriol. So even though Agholor denied being the culprit behind the Twitter account, there will be many who simply don’t believe him and will continue to voice their displeasure on Twitter to @efam33. 

If it’s not Agholor’s account, he won’t have to worry about reading it. 

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Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham is reportedly joining the Las Vegas Raiders organization.

While Cunningham, 57, can still likely throw bombs to Raiders receivers, he'll be guiding them spiritually as the team chaplain, according to ESPN.

"I'm elated, flabbergasted," Cunningham told ESPN on Friday. "I've already been in on some [Zoom] meetings with the team. I plan on spending a lot of time with the guys when it's OK. I've talked with Marcus Mariota, Nelson Agholor. What an amazing group of people Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have put together."

Cunningham played his college ball at UNLV and coached high school football in Las Vegas for a couple of seasons a few years back.

Randall has spent much of the past few years working with daughter, Vashti, and son, Randall II, in their quest for Olympic dreams.

The former NFL MVP is highly regarded around the league and will be a solid addition to the Raiders organization. His Twitter account, which is mostly dormant, has the handle "PastorRandallC."

Randall worked with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during his playing days in Philadelphia.

"He's going to take care of the guys in Las Vegas," Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com. "Jon had him address the team in a team Zoom [recently] and he did a really good job of setting the stage for the team in Las Vegas.

Just last week, NBC Sports Philadelphia ranked Randall as the second best quarterback in Eagles history.

If DeSean Jackson sits, Eagles have an intriguing but risky option

If DeSean Jackson sits, Eagles have an intriguing but risky option

If the Eagles are without DeSean Jackson for any or all of the next football season, which certainly seems within the realm of possibility at this point, there’s one person on their roster who has a similar skill set.

But he comes along with a ton of question marks.

Marquise Goodwin is definitely not DeSean Jackson, but at his best, when he’s healthy — which hasn’t been very often — he can do some of the same things as Jackson.

Over the past four years, Goodwin has only four fewer catches of at least 40 yards than Jackson, and in his one full season, he was among the league’s best big-play practitioners.

In their statement Friday, the Eagles made it clear that if Jackson doesn’t commit to showing genuine growth following what the team called “absolutely appalling” social media posts, he’s gone.

If the Eagles are forced to play regular-season games without Jackson, Goodwin could turn out to be a huge addition.

Jackson of course is one of the greatest deep threats in NFL history. His 31 career TDs of 50 yards or more are second only to Jerry Rice.

Over the last four years, Jackson has 13 catches of at least 40 yards — including two long TDs against the Redskins on opening day last year, his only significant action of the year. Goodwin during the same four-year span has nine 40-yard catches. Only 14 receivers have more during that stretch.

Jackson’s career average of 17.4 yards per catch is highest among active receivers and highest in the NFL over the last 35 years. But Goodwin is 5th on that list at 16.6, behind only Jackson, Josh Gordon (17.2), Mike Williams (17.1) and Kenny Golladay (16.8), with a minimum of 100 catches.

Goodwin, acquired for virtually nothing in a draft-weekend trade with the 49ers, is one of only 11 active players with more than one career 80-yard touchdown. He also has TDs of 67, 67, 59 and 55 yards.

So his resume is solid. He’s fast and he’s a deep threat. He can score from anywhere on the field.

And he’s an Eagle.

The problem is injuries.

Lots of them.

He missed four games in 2013 with a broken hand. He missed six games in 2014 with a concussion and hamstring and rib injuries. He missed 14 games in 2015 with a rib injury. He suffered three more concussions in 2016 and a fifth in 2017. He missed five games in 2018 with injuries and seven last year with a knee injury.

He’s only managed 30 or more snaps in 13 games the last two years.

The only time Goodwin played 16 games was in 2017 with the 49ers, and he had a career-high 962 yards, finished 3rd in the NFL at 17.2 yards per catch and had five 40-yard catches — 7th-most in the league.

But in his six other seasons he’s averaged 14 catches and 226 yards. He has only 35 catches for 581 yards over the last two seasons, although he does have 5 TDs.

So which Goodwin did the Eagles get? 

The one who is one of the NFL’s top deep threats or the one who’s often injured and can’t stay on the field?

The Eagles have had a hard time keeping anybody healthy lately, so relying heavily on a guy with such a long injury history is a risk.

But when it comes to stretching the field, there aren’t a lot of options.

Alshon Jeffery has 20 career receptions of at least 40 yards, but 17 were with the Bears, none since 2018. And we don’t even know when he’ll be healthy enough to play.

Greg Ward had a promising start last year but he’s an inside slot guy and had only had one catch longer than 15 yards last year, a 38-yarder against the Cowboys that set up a Miles Sanders TD.

Deontay Burnett only played 15 snaps last year and had a 41-yard catch against the Giants, but who knows if he’ll even make the team. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is more of a big-frame possession guy than a deep threat and of his 10 passes as a rookie none were longer than 30 yards. 

Jalen Reagor has the potential to be a big-play threat, but he’s still an unknown quantity, a rookie without offseason programs and perhaps without preseason games. Quez Watkins and John Hightower are speedy, but it’s never easy for late-round rookies to get on the field, more so this year.

The reality is the Eagles need Jackson on the field. A healthy Goodwin is the next-best option. But based on his recent history it’s not one they can depend on.

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