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Jason Avant | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Michigan
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Jason Avant (thigh) is questionable for Week 3 against the Steelers.
A better real-life player than fantasy asset, Avant shouldn't be owned anywhere. Sep 19 - 1:10 PM

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Jason Avant (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Avant suffered the thigh injury in Sunday's win. He should return to full practice later this week.
Sep 17 - 5:20 PM

Panthers WR Jason Avant finished with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 victory over Detroit.

Avant was more involved after a quiet opener with Derek Anderson under center, securing 5-of-7 targets from Cam Newton against the Lions. Avant is not worth grabbing in fantasy leagues as the Panthers' No. 3 receiver behind Kelvin Benjamin and Jerricho Cotchery, and No. 4 option when you include Greg Olsen as well.
Sep 14 - 5:42 PM

Panthers WR Jason Avant did not catch a pass against the Patriots Friday night.

He was targeted once. Avant started the game, and will likely play in three-receiver sets this season. Avant has one catch for 25 yards this preseason. He has no fantasy value.
Aug 22 - 10:49 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Jason Avant is a "little more of a blocker" than Jerricho Cotchery, and will also play on special teams.

Cam Newton's top-three options will be Greg Olsen, Kelvin Benjamin and Cotchery. Avant said he "butted heads" with Chip Kelly last year over routes, which isn't surprising because he can't create a mismatch. On the wrong side of 30, Avant was brought in to be a mentor to Benjamin more than an on-field contributor.
Jun 24 - 4:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant have been the Panthers' primary first-team wideouts during offseason practices.

Cotchery and Avant are both aging slot receivers, but one of them is going to have to play outside in three-wide sets. We'd expect that man to be Cotchery, as Avant doesn't have the foot speed. Neither one will be a recommended fantasy option in a passing attack that projects to struggle.
Jun 12 - 11:46 AM

Panthers signed WR Jason Avant, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year deal.

Avant will pair with the newly acquired Jerricho Cotchery to form one of the most underwhelming starting wideout duos in the league. With every impact free agent wide receiver signed, the Panthers are simply looking for cheap veterans to complement the playmakers they will likely draft this May. Avant caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles last season.
Apr 7 - 6:38 PM

The Panthers will host free agent Jason Avant on Monday.

He'd give Carolina another underwhelming possession-slot receiver to pair with Jerricho Cotchery. The Panthers are simply looking for bodies at wideout. Avant, 31, has drawn interest from old head coach Andy Reid's Chiefs, and visited the Patriots in mid-March. He should be available for a minimum salary.
Apr 6 - 11:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher doesn't expect the Chiefs to consider signing free agent Jason Avant until after the draft.

Avant played under Andy Reid for seven seasons in Philadelphia and could provide depth for Kansas City's shallow receiver corps. Wherever Avant ends up, he shouldn't require more than the veteran minimum.
Apr 5 - 9:48 PM

The Patriots hosted free agent Jason Avant on a visit Wednesday.

The Chiefs have also been linked to Avant. Turning 31 in April, Avant has always lacked playmaking ability despite sure hands and plus character. No matter Avant's free agency destination, he will be an underwhelming addition.
Mar 12 - 1:02 PM

The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs are interested in free agent Jason Avant.

Avant was released by the Eagles last week. The connection to Kansas City is clear; coach Andy Reid drafted Avant in Philadelphia and employed him for seven seasons. Avant would replace Dexter McCluster in the slot, though he's best suited for No. 4 receiver duties at this stage of his career.
Mar 10 - 8:12 PM

Eagles released WR Jason Avant.

This move was fully expected, as Avant was due a $1 million roster bonus on March 15. In total, the Eagles save $3.25 million against the 2014 cap. Avant, 31 next month, is a strong leader in the locker room and has a pair of sticky mitts but isn't a playmaker and can't stretch the field. At this stage of his career, he'd ideally be a No. 4 receiver on a one-year deal close to the veteran's minimum.
Mar 4 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan confirms the Eagles are expected to release Jason Avant before his $1 million roster bonus is due on March 15.

It's a no-brainer move despite Avant's locker-room leadership. Going on 31, Avant's role decreased following the departure of Andy Reid, while he's set to count $3.9 million against the cap. Releasing him would create $3.25 million in space. Avant is a respected, sure pair of hands, but just isn't worth that price at this stage of his career.
Feb 27 - 6:41 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer does not expect Jason Avant to be with Eagles next season.

Avant is set to cost $3.96 million against the cap and is owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 15. It's far too much for a low-upside, slow slot receiver heading into his age-31 season. The Eagles won't miss Avant on the field, but his value as a team leader and buffer between volatile DeSean Jackson and the coaches shouldn't be underestimated.
Feb 26 - 10:35 AM

Jason Avant is scheduled to count $3.96 million against the 2014 salary cap.

Avant is highly regarded as a team leader, but offers little else at this stage of his career. He caught just 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, seeing his yards-per-reception average drop for the third straight season. The Eagles will need to make a decision on whether to release Avant before he's due a $1 million roster bonus on March 15.
Feb 15 - 5:26 PM

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FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
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3Philly Brown
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
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K1Graham Gano