‘I’m excited to have my best season with the Patriots and show why I’m here’

In 15 games with New England in 2021, Agholor caught 37 receptions (his lowest total since his sophomore year) and 473 yards with three touchdowns.

These statistics hardly generate enthusiasm for what is to come.

However, Agholor is not trying to prove any skeptic wrong and finds little inspiration in carrying a chip on his shoulder. Instead, he wants to have fun and let it lead to a successful campaign.

“I think I’m at my best when I’m having fun, I play fast,” Agholor said. “A lot of people have different ways of carrying motivation, carry a chip on their shoulder and stuff like that. I’m a natural competitor. I love to compete. I love to play the game. When I have fun with the game, and I have fun with the guys and I play hard and I practice a lot, I’m doing really well, so I’m in a really happy place and super excited about the work that comes from being in this happy place and the growth that comes from it. So my motivation is to have a memorable season with this team and the guys with who I play next to and make it something special.”

Viewing it from an optimistic lens, Agholor is heading into its second season. He must gain familiarity and comfort. Likewise, quarterback Mac Jones is entering his second NFL season, and there’s been more time to build chemistry. It is inevitable that there is room for improvement. At least that’s what Agholor is betting on.

“For me, it’s familiarity with the concepts first,” Agholor said. “Familiarity with the way we do things, whether it’s scheduling, training, all that stuff. And being more in the routine. I think it helps that I’m familiar with the environment, familiar with my technical team in terms of people in this building, strength, training team. And I know the routes. Because the route tree is unique. Everyone runs certain routes, but the route tree is a little different than what I ran before. Now I know, so I can put my own rotation on how we do things and play fast.

“So I’m just growing, practicing, putting things on tape and getting comfortable with it. Putting my own flavor on what I put on tape. While a year ago I was learning, so you do things at a certain pace of learning.” You can never go full speed because you want to make sure you’re doing it right. So you kind of move cautiously. Now I know what it’s like and I can put my flavor to it. That’s the cool part year two. You did it . You have a year of tape. Now you study alone and play fast.”

This time last year, the Patriots invested in Agholor playing fast and it didn’t work out too well.

The New England WR body looks the same as it did a season ago with Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and Agholor. However, Pats’ negotiation to acquire DeVante Parker appears to jeopardize Agholor’s role.

With a base salary of $9 million in 2022, along with a $5 million signing bonus, Agholor has a cap of $14.8 million. However, he has a dead limit number of $10 million if he is released (before June 1 or after), although this saves the Pats $4.88 million. It seems unlikely that Agholor will be cut, but a salary restructuring could be a possibility.

Whether he wants to talk about it or not, Agholor will be seen to fulfill his contract numbers, producing much better numbers on the pitch.

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