DeSean Jackson has received most of the attention, but he wasn’t the only wide receiver who was sent packing this offseason by Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
Jason Avant, who was cut by the Eagles in March, told the Charlotte Observer that he knew for most of the season that it would be his last in Philadelphia.
“I knew that was coming maybe four games into last season,” Avant said. “When they stop calling your number and guys start running some of the routes that you run – I knew from the beginning that I didn’t fit his style of offense, in that I’m a crafty guy that gets open in an atypical way.”
Avant said Kelly had him running “mostly ran clear-out routes,” and Avant and Kelly did not see eye-to-eye about the way the receiver position is played.
“When it came to certain things, we butted heads sometimes – route running and route technique. So I knew I didn’t fit his system,” Avant said.
Now with the Panthers, Avant is getting along much better with his new coach.
“Jason does things exactly the way you want them – he’s a pro,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.
But Avant didn’t do things exactly the way Chip Kelly wanted, and in Philadelphia, if you don’t do things exactly the way Chip Kelly wants, you get sent packing.