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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jason Avant Signs

Former Eagles WR Jason Avant is now a Panther.

The 31 year old Michigan star comes from Philly with high recommendations and a solid history.

Avant, who played in a completely different scheme under Chip Kelly last year, started a career high number of games (13, after nipping at roughly half the season in the prior years) but dipped in production to 38 rec/447 yards, adding in two scores, after an average of 52 rec/620 yards in the prior three years (two total scores).

Interesting in that, Avant was 4th in the league in slot yards, behind Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, and Marques Colston (source:  So, on a team with a top WR and RB combo, Avant didn't have a nose for the endzone, but he was a guy who made the most of the underneath routes.

Related to that "different scheme", however, I will say that Avant brings a lot to the table that transfers.  He's used to dealing with mobile QBs, and gets open well on scrambles (he's good in his routes, but he's good in improv as well).  Both Carolina and Philly ran the ball a lot, and he's a good blocker.  He's used to packaged plays, something Carolina runs as well.

Honestly, it seems like a good fit for a team trying not to have a #1 receiver.  If that's smoke, it's smoke, but for now, Carolina's upped the reliability of their WR unit, if not the talent.
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