Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jason Avant: The Answer at Three?



Though I find it difficult to believe, I hear that there is actually some football being played at Lehigh. This is good to hear because this fan is getting tired hearing about unhappy campers, contracts, and mounting injuries.

In reading camp blogs and reports one of the early standouts has been 3rd year wide receiver Jason Avant. Observers have noted Avant's ability to get open, his great route running, and his strong hands. Avant has also made his share of spectacular catches.

If all of the above proves true then it looks like the Eagles have found their number three receiver. Whether you agree or not, Brown and Curtis have locked down the number one and two spots. Despite his tremendous upside, DeSean Jackson is a rookie and we must curb our expectations. Let's have Jackson first excel on special teams and then view anything he does as a WR as icing on the cake.

In 2008 Avant will look to continue his growth with the Eagles. As a rookie Avant posted 7 receptions. Last year the number increased to 23 receptions. If Avant can put together a consistent season his numbers should no doubt continue to rise. Avant got off to a strong start last year, then quieted in the middle part of the season. Maybe Avant is the answer to the red zone woes?

In looking as his collegiate stats it is not unreasonable to think that Avant can't become a reliable option for McNabb. As a senior at Michigan Avant had 82 receptions, 1007 yards, and 8 touchdowns. The talent is there and the physical tools are there.

Since the Eagles did not go out a get an offensive playmaker this off-season, they will need to depend on the holdovers to step up their play this season. No reason why Avant can't be one of these difference makers. He already has the jersey number of a play maker!

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