Help is on the way for the Carolina Panthers. After a not-so-great free agency period where we saw them lose their top three receivers from 2013, the Panthers have gone out and signed Jason Avant to their roster.
Avant will join Jerricho Cotchery in the Panthers ‘new’ wide receiving corps, which puts the team in a much better spot than it was in a couple weeks back. But let’s be honest — Avant and Cotchery aren’t exactly game-changers.
But getting back to Avant, he’s just the kind of veteran WR that every team needs. He’s never going to blow up the box score with ridiculous numbers, but he’s proven to be nothing but solid over his career.
2014 will mark Avant’s ninth year in the NFL, and history tells us that he’s good for at least 40 catches per season. He’s never caught more than 53 passes in one season and he hasn’t caught less than 30 since 2007. At the same time, he’s a wide out that’s always averaged about 12 yards per catch.
As you can see, he’s not a guy who’s going to wow you. However, given the lack of experienced WRs in Carolina, he should be featured more than ever in 2014. Cam Newton will look his way on a regular basis because he’ll find that Avant is solid, and likely because there won’t be many other stars to target.
Is Avant in for a career year with the Panthers in 2014? I say it’s very possible, but only if they go out and acquire some serious pass-catching talent in the draft. The 30-year old veteran has never been a feature WR for a reason — he needs other playmakers around him to be effective.
But overall, if you’re a Panthers fan, this move should make you breath a little easier.