Sudden Emergence of WR Jason Avant Could Send DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin Packing

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It goes without saying that the Philadelphia Eagles are in for an off-season chock-full of changes.

The most notable presumed departures are those of Eagles QB Michael Vick and head coach Andy Reid, but could a couple more current members be on their way out as well?

With Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ribs) currently on the Injured Reserve (IR) and WR Jeremy Maclin greatly underachieving, veteran WR Jason Avant was suddenly emerged as a legitimate threat in recent weeks.

Throughout his seven years with the Eagles, Avant has never been one of the team’s top two receivers, but the wide-out’s recent production could possibly be enough to send Jackson or Maclin out of town.

Avant has certainly raised eyebrows in the past two weeks, as he put together one solid game, followed up by a highly impressive performance. Avant was injured (hamstring) during current Eagles QB Nick Foles‘ first pass attempt of his NFL career in Week 10, and subsequently sat out Week 11 and 12.

But during their time together on the gridiron since, Foles and Avant have looked to have some excellent chemistry.

In the Eagles’ Week 13 bout with the Dallas Cowboys, Avant pulled in 4 catches for 79 yards, which was a season high at that time. Avant more than topped that performance this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the wide-out went off for a monster 133 yards on 7 catches.

The 133 receiving yards are the second-most in Avant’s 7-year career (156 yards in 2010), which is an NFL tenure that has gone under-appreciated.

Avant has consistently been the Eagles’ 3rd wide-out during his time with the team, and while he has never been a stand-out, he has been very solid in the opportunities he has been given.

If Jackson or Maclin are handed their walking papers, and Avant is given a shot to step in as a starting receiver, the Eagles could use the extra cap space to address other positions of need. And let’s face it, Avant is much easier to hold onto financially as opposed to Jackson and Maclin.

If Foles and Avant can maintain their positive relationship on the field in the season’s remaining weeks, there is reason to believe that the Eagles’ organization will count on this connection going forward.

 

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