Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock was happy with what he saw from Nelson Agholor last season as he hopes the wide receiver will return to the Raiders for 2021. Agholor, who signed with the Raiders in the 2020 offseason, enjoyed a breakout year in the NFL last season as he finished the season with 48 receptions, enough for 896 yards and eight touchdowns.
“First with Nellie, Nellie is one of my favorite people in the whole world. When I lived in Philadelphia, I did the Eagles preseason games and Nellie was an Eagle. I was familiar with his work ethic and appreciated him back then.
What he brought to the Raiders last year was off the charts. He brought a work ethic, a toughness. He brought the young players along with him and he brought productivity and trust with our quarterback. All of those things he brought, we don’t want to lose.
We’d love to have Nellie back. That’s a guy that I can’t tell you how much appreciation I have for,'' ,ayock said of Agholor.
The Raiders hope their defensive players improve
The Raiders had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season and that was one of the main reasons why they missed out on the playoffs.
“We’ve got a first-round safety in John Abram; we got a second-round corner who we think is going to be a very good football player. We’ve got a fourth-round corner in Amik Robertson, another first-round corner in Damon Arnette and we mentioned Trayvon Mullen in the second who we think is going to be a heck of a player,” Mayock acknowledged.
“So, really, what we need more than anything is for all those players to take it up a notch or two. I’m talking about commitment to the game, work ethic, perseverance, being in the locker room working with your brothers.
All those things are critical. We’ve expended some draft capital on what we think are some very talented players, and now all of them need to take a collective step forward”. Even before the 2020 season started, the Raiders traded their 2020 third round pick Lynn Bowden Jr.
to the Miami Dolphins. “If you look back at it and you think, should you be picking guys that perhaps were a projection from one position to another?” Mayock said. “You know, we took in the third round and ended up trading him to Miami before the seasons started.
He was a college slot receiver and a quarterback and we tried to move him to running back in a pandemic year. And to be honest with you, I don’t think it was fair to the kid. We don’t even see him face-to-face live until training camp in July”.