Jason Avant Fantasy News
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:58pm
Avant has good hands but is merely a possession receiver who will serve as a third or fourth receiver, assuming the Panthers draft 1-2 WRs this offseason.
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Patriots still looking to upgrade at receiver
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:51am
Even by bringing Julian Edelman back and adding Brandon LaFell, the Patriots probably aren’t done adding bodies at receiver. They still brought in former Titan Kenny Britt for a visit on Monday, a source told the Globe, and have checked out names such as Jason Avant and Lance Moore in the past week.
Edelman is a roster lock, while Danny Amendola, who just had $2 million in base salary guaranteed last week, and Aaron Dobson, last year’s second-round pick, should be safe, while LaFell (6-2, 210) gives the Patriots a big presence in the slot.
Meanwhile, it looks like the Patriots want to hold a derby for the fifth receiver spot between fourth-round pick Josh Boyce, who was inactive for seven games and only caught nine passes last year, undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who did not catch a pass in the team’s final six games of the season, a veteran such as Britt, and perhaps a few rookies.
It's interesting that beat writer Ben Volin believes that LaFell will play in the slot, even with Edelman and Amendola in the fold. Dobson is coming off of foot surgery, but figures to start outside if he's healthy. It sounds as if Thompkins or Boyce may be on the chopping block if the team adds another receiver in free agency or the draft.
Beat: LeSean McCoy 'unlikely' to see a 'significant decrease' in usage
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:37am
So, what does the Darren Sproles trade mean for the other Eagles on the roster? LeSean McCoy played the second-most snaps of any running back in the league last year. He was fantastic as a receiver, catching 52 balls and averaging 10.4 yards per reception. Given how productive McCoy was in this offense in 2013, it's unlikely he sees a significant decrease next season.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:41am
Out of nowhere, out of an incident that could have torn the Eagles apart before Chip Kelly had coached his first game, WR Riley Cooper has emerged as perhaps the most pleasant surprise of their season: 28 receptions; seven touchdowns; a gaudy 19.8 yards per catch; and, most important, a group of teammates who were willing to accept him again.
"I'm so proud of him," wide receiver Jason Avant said. "Only he and I know some of the conversations we've had or some of the things that transpired that could have had him down. But he's definitely overcome a lot of things."
No one but Cooper knows whether he has truly changed in the wake of his telling a black security guard at Lincoln Financial Field that he would "fight every n- here," and in a way, we don't have to know.
Everyone carries some amount of prejudice, however small, within his or her heart. No one is immune. No adult is an innocent. As offensive as Cooper's language was, what matters now is that he understood he was wrong, that he has not repeated the behavior, and that his teammates were forthright both in condemning what he said and allowing him the opportunity to repair his relationships with them.
Cooper has exploded this season since QB Nick Foles has taken over. Cooper's numbers with Foles are impressive: 15 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs in about a game-and-a-quarter of work this season. The two have played a lot together on the second team while Foles was behind Michael Vick and Cooper behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:38pm
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:55am
The Eagles don't plan to go outside the organization to replace Jeremy Maclin, which was a huge loss. With Cooper now in trouble for a racial slur, it makes sense the Birds look for more production from what is a deep group of tight ends. Celek probably has the most value of the three but it appears he could lose some work to the versatile Casey and rookie Ertz, who has even lined up on the outside at times in camp.
Confirmed: Jeremy Maclin tears ACL, out for 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:56pm
Maclin was carted off the field Saturday about an hour into practice.
Maclin, a fourth-year wideout in the last year of his rookie deal, went down at the end of 7-on-7 drills.
Jason Avant will likely remain a slot receiver so expect names like Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Arrelious Benn, B.J. Cunningham, Greg Salas along with rookies Ifeanyi Momah, Russell Shepard and Will Murphy to compete for the job. Benn and Cunningham were already out of practice after suffering minor injuries in Friday’s practice that rendered each one day to day. The Eagles could also use more multiple TE formations with Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz.
Monday, July 8, 2013, 2:14pm
CSN Eagles reporter Geoff Mosher said Eagles WR Riley Cooper is one of several veteran Eagles who might not be around for the season opener. WRs DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson can safely be considered locks to make the team.