Beyond the services of starters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, the Philadelphia Eagles have no clear-cut ‘number 3′ guy at the wide receiver position.
As a matter of fact, the composition of the Eagles’ WR depth chart for the start of the 2013 NFL Season is a complete mystery at this point. Not only do the Eagles have youngsters Riley Cooper, Arrelious Benn (both 2010 draftees) and Damaris Johnson (a 2012 undrafted free agent) chomping at the bit for extended playing time, but 8th year veteran Jason Avant remains in the Birds’ mix at wide-out as well.
Avant has had a consistently mediocre career in Philly, his one and only NFL home, but has never done enough to be considered a top-tier receiver worthy of a starting spot.
So when news broke last week that Avant was taking reps on the defensive side of the ball in Eagles’ OTAs (organized team activities), it looked like a position change could be in the making.
Following Avant’s defensive experiment, the vet made it clear that he would remain a wide receiver primarily, but also stated, “whatever the team wants me to do, I’ll do it.” Eagles backup TE Clay Harbor also spent time taking defensive reps as a linebacker in OTAs.
Considering the Eagles, and brand new head coach Chip Kelly, are looking to make significant changes in all areas of play, Avant should certainly be concerned about his job status. Along with Jackson, Maclin, Johnson, Benn and Cooper, the Eagles also have a slew of rookies fighting for roster spots, including WR Ifeanyi Momah, a 6′ 6″ giant out of Boston College.
So when you really think about it, a position change for Avant could actually be the only thing that will keep him on the Eagles’ roster in 2013.
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