Andy Reid: Jason Avant is the best inside receiver in the NFL

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The Philadelphia Eagles have been without their top two wide receivers throughout training camp, as DeSean Jackson is holding out and Jeremy Maclin is missing with an illness. But Eagles coach Andy Reid says people are overlooking Philly’s third receiver.

Jason Avant, Reid says, is the best player in the NFL at what the Eagles’ offense needs an inside receiver to do.

“That son of a gun catches everything,” Reid said of Avant. “He makes these catches that are fun to watch. Even from a coach’s standpoint, those are fun to watch. He does some things I think are incredible. I would consider him the best guy in this league as an inside player. I’m not sure I’d want anybody else for what we do as an inside receiver. Then you can stick him outside and then he makes plays out there. He’s got great body control and understands leverage. He’s got great quickness.”

Avant, who averaged 11.2 yards a catch last season, doesn’t have anything close to the deep speed of Jackson, who averaged more than twice that at 22.5 yards a catch. But Avant has all the tools to be a valuable slot receiver.

And more importantly to Reid, talking about Avant means talking about the top receiver who is at camp, instead of the two guys who aren’t there.

57 responses to “Andy Reid: Jason Avant is the best inside receiver in the NFL

  1. Unlike Rex Ryan, Andy Reid typically doesn’t lavish over-the-top praise on his players like this so I think this merits some attention. Avant is a dependable role player and an important cog in the offense, but he must really be stepping up his game in camp for Reid to gush like this.

  2. best Avant memory is him banging out some sap on the Giants and knocking himself out while D-Jax diddled into the endzone. Miracle at the Meadowlands part Deuce (as in #2..poop..excrement..grumpy..etc.). Avant is Bernard Hopkins in pads

  3. Andy clearly made it clear that he meant at “WHAT THE EAGLES DO OFFENSIVELY” — which to be honest, I agree with him. All Avant does is make first downs.

    Of course, there are going to be morons who know nothing about football nor how to read thoroughly and criticize the fat man for what he said.

  4. I wouldn’t get carried away with avant. Def not a stud but he is a good slot guy… Having said that, welcome back djax! Go eagles!

  5. yeah …

    Jason Avant is the best Pre-season receiver you will ever see..

    There were 3 games where Avant dropped TD receptions last year.. All in situations that would have either tied the game or moved us into the lead in the 4th quarter.

    Check out our last drive in the loss to washington.

    until this guy comes out and makes a huge play on a big stage, i’ll list him as “just another guy” on the hype squad.

  6. Really Andy? The best inside/slot wr in the league? Really? I know you have to stick by your players but c’mon man! Ever heard of Wes Welker? How about Davone Bess? Mario Mannigham? I could go on forever. The only thing “best in the league” Avant is would probably be 3rd wr named Jason Avant

  7. It isn’t that interesting that a coach, thinks one of his players are the best at what they do. This would make for a better story if Reid said he was terrible. But he didn’t and this is just a worthless story.

  8. Unlike Rex Ryan, Andy Reid typically doesn’t lavish over-the-top praise on his players like this so I think this merits some attention. Avant is a dependable role player and an important cog in the offense, but he must really be stepping up his game in camp for Reid to gush like this.

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    Ya, because coaches never talk good about their own players. Remember when he said that Kevin Kolb was a championship caliber QB?

  9. Love this Guy!. great hands, tough inside player. And a great teammate. I can’t believe somebody actually typed but he’s not perfect. hey even the GOAT drop passes in his career and Montana and Unites threw interceptions in champtionship games no less. WTF! not perfect who the heck is!

  10. Avant isn’t gonna do much unless Reid gets his two wideouts to camp. Reid is just tweaking them with his comments, as if to say go ahead and hold out.

    Welker is the best inside receiver in the league, hands down.

  11. I’ve always like and respected Andy Reid. There are few coaches of his era as knowledgable and successful.

    Historically and characteristically he has always played his cards very close to his vest. Now, after a decade in the same place without a SB win, he’s making the kind of public declarations he never would have in the past. That coupled with his orgy of free agency spending on aging veterans, suggests he might be feeling just a twinge of desperation in the autumn of his career.

  12. can anyone name me 3 slot receivers better than avant? Thanks.

    Davone Bess
    Wes Welker
    Lance Moore
    Percy Harvin
    Austin Collie
    Steve Smith
    Danny Amendola

    I’m sure there are more that’s just off the top of my head.

  13. Wes Welker was a nobody before he teamed up with Tom Brady and would go back to being one with a “normal” quarterback. All he really does is catch short passes out in the flat and use his speed to pick up yardage. You don’t see him banging heads with defensive backs in the middle of the field.

  14. Always liked Jason Avant he does his job without being a diva. On another team he probaly would get more catches and TD’s. Glad he plays for the Birds!

  15. Aug 8, 2011 7:54 AM
    can anyone name me 3 slot receivers better than avant? Thanks.

    Wes Welker
    Davone Bess
    Donald Driver

    need more?

    Kevin Walter
    Austin Collie
    Hines Ward

  16. Avant is very very good. This is coming from a Dallas fan.

    But I don’t think I would rank him ahead of
    Pierre Garcon, Wes Welker, Cotchery or even Davone Bess, in no particular order. Percy Harvin has an argument as a better slot receiver than Avant, so does Lance moore

    Avant has great hands, but I can’t really recall any plays he has made that -everyone- remembers, say like when Cotchery did when he pulled a groin and still “ran” one legged for 8 steps for a first down, or when he got “tackled” by NE but never touched the ground and then ran 30 more yards for a TD.

    As to Reid’s statement “Avant is the best player in the NFL at what the Eagles’ offense needs an inside receiver to do”, there’s nothing profound there. That’s like me saying “Chick-Fil-A makes the best Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches.

  17. Jblah I can Austin collie , Wes welker, Hines ward , jordy Nelson , davone bess, Steve smith , jerricho cothery, list goes
    On n on eagles fans get carried away I still remember when they said Michael Lewis was one of the best safties haaaaa.

  18. So, can we all agree that sixsteelrings is the worst thing to happen to the PFT comments section since Vox/Melon relearned how to type with his tongue?

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    Obsess much?

  19. Anyone remember Wes Welker laying flat on the turf after the pats choked away the undefeated season? Flat on his stomach crying his eyes out. Thats my favorite memory of one of the best slot WRs.

  20. Ummm Andy????

    Doesn’t Wes Welker play in NFL?…Maybe you meant NFC East?..Sorry, but not even close comparison.

    What was that????

  21. @rooneyrulesblues:

    Never happened Mr. Memory. Prob thinking of Seau after Giant td.

    Even if it did, what does taking a loss hard have to do with being a great slot receiver??

    No choke, Giants just better that day and deserved to win.

  22. Avant definitely had some neurons missfire last year when he dropped 2 sure TDs that could’ve decided games. I think those were flukes and Ried is right about this man. Not only an excellent player in the slot, but he’s one of the best behind-the-scenes leaders this team has. Very well respected because of his attituce and toughness.

    He also made the miracle at the meadowlands last year with his block that set D-Jax free to the endzone, and sent the Eagles to the playoffs by selling out and giving himself a concussion in the process!

  23. Avant is very good, but not the best in the league. He’s a great possession receiver though, and a great role player.

  24. Wow Do You Guys Actually Read These Articles #1 Nobody Stays On Subject # 2 He Said At What The Eagles Do Keywords Are (What The Eagles Do) Not The Phins Pats Or Colts

  25. There were 3 games where Avant dropped TD receptions last year.. All in situations that would have either tied the game or moved us into the lead in the 4th quarter.

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    This is just what I was thinking as I read The coach’s quote. Avant is okay as a slot guy but hardly the best.

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