Athol Daily News – New England Patriots’ Jalen Mills, Nelson Agholor return to their roots in Philly

Revealed: 8/16/2021 7:22:46 PM Modified: 8/16/2021 7:22:48 PM PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Mills and Nelson Agholor

Revealed: 8/16/2021 7:22:46 PM

Modified: 8/16/2021 7:22:48 PM

PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Mills and Nelson Agholor assisted the Philadelphia Eagles upset the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl just 3½ decades ago.

On Monday, Mills and Agholor returned to Philadelphia putting on Patriots uniforms as the Eagles hosted New England in the initially installment of a two-day joint exercise ahead of their preseason activity Thursday night.

Mills, who is back at cornerback following taking part in basic safety for the Eagles last season, and Agholor, who had a job-greatest 896 yards obtaining with the Raiders last season, had been two of the greater performers for New England on a day when the Eagles appeared to have more juice, particularly when the starting up units confronted off.

But neither player was keen to go over outdated times, or dwell on the situations of leaving in free company.

Agholor, a 2015 1st-round pick, left Philadelphia a 12 months back just after failing to stay up to superior expectations, He averaged 18.7 yards per capture for the Raiders on his 48 receptions, together with 8 touchdowns, but was not re-signed.

“I can’t focus on that. I’m tremendous delighted with the prospect I have to be a Patriot,” Agholor explained.

A issue about his up-and-down five seasons as an Eagle drew a similar response:

“I never assume everything in my life was a blunder. There’s no ‘what-ifs.’ It is all a aspect of whatever was forming,” Agholor explained. “It’s great (to be back again at the Eagles’ facility). I think this is a attractive place. I’m tremendous joyful for the prospect we get to practice vs. the Eagles. Also, for me to be back here and see a ton of wonderful faces.”

Mills also expended five seasons with the Eagles. He switched positions past yr following Malcolm Jenkins left Philly. Now, he’s again on the outdoors, and with Stephon Gilmore sidelined with a quad injury Monday, Mills seemed to be New England’s most aggressive, helpful cornerback.

“We’re in the doggy days of camp suitable now, the place, you wake up and it’s a different day and you’re conquer up and you are drained. I assume getting joint procedures like this, heading from a new deal with, a new opponent, it just will get the juices flowing,” Mills explained.

“I’ve received recollections below. We did something that will be in the textbooks endlessly. I have background with a few of the men, but I just see it as a new journey. … This is the following chapter.”

In 11-on-11 enjoy, Eagles second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts was extra effective than Cam Newton, who held onto the ball way too very long and usually threw late. Hurts explained afterward that he was honored to fulfill Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP. Newton said he turned informed of Hurts when the youthful QB was in substantial university in the Houston space. Hurts, nearly ideal in entire-staff setups, was intercepted twice in 7-on-7.

Questioned about the Eagles getting extra actual physical, Newton stated with the two teams collectively, there was “a field comprehensive of Alpha males. Ain’t no one gonna blink.”

Newton’s most memorable oversight was an close zone interception that strike Eagles linebacker Eric Wilson appropriate between the figures. Newton explained the circumstance of the crimson zone drill was 3rd-and-4 with 7 seconds remaining, and he did not want to just take a sack — Javon Hargrave was pressuring — so he took a chance on a minimal-proportion throw.

NOTES: Eagles DE Derek Barnett leveled Pats TE Matt LaCosse, who still left the discipline and did not return. LaCosse was seeking to chase down Newton’s move and slammed entire velocity into Barnett, who was standing nevertheless. Barnett braced for the effects by dipping his shoulder, which designed get in touch with with LaCosse’s head. … Eagles CB Darius Slay still left the discipline late in exercise right after a collision with teammate Avonte Maddox, but Slay remained on the sideline. … Eagles initially-round rookie WR DeVonta Smith (knee) took portion in unique drills for the to start with time considering the fact that he was hurt on July 31. … LaCosse’s departure left the Pats brief at limited conclude, where by Hunter Henry (shoulder) and Jonnu Smith (ankle) did not practice. … Even with the Patriots, Mills nonetheless keeps his hair dyed brilliant inexperienced. Mills, who declared himself “The Green Goblin” when he arrived with the Eagles, mentioned: “I’m the Green Goblin. Superman flies all all-around the planet, his cape stays the similar shade, so, gotta preserve the inexperienced.”