It wasn’t long ago that Jason Avant appeared to be one of the many players headed out the door with a likely coaching change in 2013. But that may no longer be the case.
Obviously, there’s a direct correlation between the quality of a quarterback and the production of his wide receivers. But sometimes it’s not simply about talent, it’s also about style. And it appears the style of rookie quarterback Nick Foles fits Avant quite nicely. So much so that it may keep seventh-year wide receiver in Philadelphia beyond this season.
Since returning from injury, Avant has caught 14 passes for 256 yards in three games with Foles as the starter. Avant totaled only 283 yards in the nine games started by Michael Vick. Obviously, the absence of injured wide receiver DeSean Jackson has given Avant more opportunities, but it appears he has a much better feel for what Foles want to do with the football and it’s paying dividends.
On a team that will likely undergo a dramatic roster overhaul next season, it will be interesting to see if Avant is one player who will stick around.