It's easy for fans to dismiss the mental funk that struggling wide receiver Nelson Agholor is going through right now. But the Eagles don't have that luxury.
"He's going through a tough time right now, and it's real,'' offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Friday. "You don't want to de-emphasize it. It's real. He feels it. We all feel it.
"At the same time, you have to keep the perspective that the good players, the strong players are going to bounce out of it just like we believe he will.
"As far as pinpointing exactly what it is, we can say, 'Hey, you just gotta relax a little bit.' You can try several things. But what I find gets guys out of it is just make a play. Build confidence one play at a time. That's the key to me. Build confidence one play at a time.''
To do that, Agholor, who has just 27 catches this season, needs to be active and on the field Monday night when the Eagles play the Green Bay Packers at the Linc. Asked whether the 2015 first-round pick is in the offensive game plan for the Packers, Reich said, "We're trying to get five receivers ready to play. Ultimately, coach (Doug Pederson) makes the decision as to who's inactive. I honestly don't know what that decision is going to be at this point. So in the meantime, we're just trying to get everybody ready to play.''
After signing undrafted rookie Paul Turner off their practice squad earlier this week, the Eagles currently have five wide receivers on their 53-man roster. It's likely they'll activate all five against the Packers.
Reich made it clear that leaders in the organization say Agholor's current problems are all between the ears.
"Nelson has great skills,'' he said. "Not good skill. He has great skills as a wide receiver. He didn't get drafted where he got drafted for no reason.
"This guy can beat press coverage. That's gold. In this league, if you can beat press coverage, if you can create separation, if you can get a good release against press coverage, that is gold to a quarterback and to a play caller.
"And to create separation at the top of routes. Nelson excels in those areas. He's just going through a funk with a few drops here and there. But we're all hoping and trusting that that will resolve itself.''