Nelson Agholor praises both Cam Newton, Mac Jones


Nelson Agholor is on his third team in three years, so he’s worked with a number of different quarterbacks.

To that point, he knows how important the wide receiver-quarterback connection is, which is one of the reasons why he’s attending the voluntary offseason workout program with the Patriots.

Following Friday’s OTA session, Agholor had high praise for two of the quarterbacks he’s now working with.

“First thing I always knew about him was he loved the game of football,” Agholor said of Cam Newton. “You see that when he steps on the field. He has great energy. He loves football. He loves to work. And I appreciate that about him and I love working alongside him.”

Although Newton couldn’t complete Friday’s session due to a reported bone bruise on his throwing hand, he was still making an impact.

“He’s still around. He still talks to the wide receivers. He talks to his teammates. You feel him. You still feel him, man. That’s why he’s a great teammate,” Agholor said. “He’s a quarterback but he’s also a great teammate because he loves football. Even when he’s not physically taking any reps you still feel his presence. And that’s every week. Even when it’s another quarterback in throwing. He’s there rooting everybody on. Encouraging. Great throws. Great catches. Teaching. Things like that. So it’s his energy, man. He truly loves the game of football.”

And rookie Mac Jones, he’s made a good first impression on the veteran wide out.

“He loves football, too,” Agholor said. “I think he’s a student of the game. Studies hard. Loves football. Communicates well. I think that’s important, quarterbacks and receivers, the level of communication. Coaches can teach us. Coaches can put you in position. But relationships are built through communication.”

The Patriots will return to the field next week for more OTAs.

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