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81 Jason Avant WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 4/20/1983 | Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA | Team: Carolina | College: Michigan | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 130.00
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Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant practicing


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Panthers receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, who are both dealing with hamstring injuries, practiced Wednesday, reports the Charlotte Observer. Carolina visits the Ravens on Sunday.

Panthers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Panthers got some minor contributions in their Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Wideout Brenton Bersin made a 29-yard catch, and receiver Jason Avant caught two of six targets for 12 yards.

Jason Avant will play while Jerricho Cotchery sits out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Panthers receiver Jason Avant (thigh) is active for Sunday night's home game against the Steelers, while fellow wideout Jerricho Cotchery (thigh) is inactive. Both had been listed as questionable.

Panthers WR duo questionable for Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Panthers wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are both questionable for Week 3 against the Steelers due to thigh injuries, the team announced Friday. Both players were limited throughout the week as a result of their injuries. 

Jason Avant returns to practice after day off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant returned to practice Friday, according to The Charlotte Observer, after sitting out Thursday's with a thigh injury. His status for Week 3 against the Steelers will be revealed with the team's official injury report Friday. 

Panthers coach 'a little concerned' about Jason Avant


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday due to a thigh injury. Coach Ron Rivera said he was "a little concerned" about Avant's status for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Jason Avant scores touchdown


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Panthers receiver Jason Avant caught the lone touchdown from Cam Newton in Sunday's win against the Lions in Week 2.

Avant had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. 

He will look to continue making plays when the Panthers play host to the Steelers in Week 3.


Jason Avant held without a grab in Carolina debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant had an uneventful debut with his new club Week 1 at Tampa Bay. Even with Caolina thin at wide receiver, backup quarterback Derek Anderson didn't target Avant until the fourth quarter. It was his only target of the night, as the 31-year-old finished without a grab in a 20-14 victory.

Panthers name top three receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) As expected, Panthers coach Ron Rivera named rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant the team's top three receivers, reports the Associated Press. Benjamin continues to look good in camp, especially in the red zone.

Paper predicts roles for Panthers receivers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer

The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. 

Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons. 


Cam Newton working with new receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is running a three-day training session for the team's quarterbacks and receivers in Greensboro, N.C., reports the Charlotte Observer.

The group includes Newton, two other quarterbacks, nine receivers and one tight end. Of the 13 players there, no one other than Newton threw or caught a pass for the Panthers in the 2013 regular season, which means Greg Olsen is not in attendance.

Newton, close to but still not 100 percent on his surgically repaired ankle, has missed nearly all of the offseason workouts while rehabbing and has not been able to throw as much as he would like with his brand-new receiving corps, which includes rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant.

"We're trying to fill in the question marks, and it starts with these days," Newton said. "No distractions."


Panthers receivers could be better in 2014


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Panthers entire receiving corps has been overhauled this season, but ESPN reports the unit could be better this year.

Gone are Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon. In their place are rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans in Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood.

The report says Smith at 35 was no better than a No. 2 receiver and at the end of his career. LaFell, Ginn and Hixon really weren't big losses when you look at it closely.

The key here will be chemistry, but Benjamin looks like a red zone beast at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and Cotchery and Avant are solid possession receivers, who are more dependable than the players they replaced.


Panthers WRs set to catch Cam Newton's passes soon


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2014) The Panthers open training camp on July 26 but the receivers will begin working with quarterback Cam Newton next week in Charlotte, wideout Tiquan Underwood told USA Today on Thursday. 

"It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like," Underwood said. " ... We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw -- Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers -- just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp."

Newton has barely practiced with his receivers this offseason as he's recovered from ankle surgery. Nearly all of his receivers are new to the Panthers -- Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Underwood all signed as free agents while Kelvin Benjamin was taken with the team's first-round pick.

Any chemistry Newton can develop with his receivers before camp starts would be considered a huge plus for the Panthers offense. 


Panthers receivers ready to make plays


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The new Panthers receivers of Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant aren't trying to replicate what Steve Smith and the previous regime did prior to this year, reports ESPN. They want to make plays on their own.

The report says from the outside looking in, it may appear the Panthers have taken a step back after losing their Top 3 receivers in Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. But in Cotchery and Avant they added a pair of receivers that caught a combined 84 passes for 12 touchdowns last season. The numbers aren't overwhelming, but in terms of touchdowns they had only two less than what Smith, LaFell and Ginn combined for in 2013.

When you factor in rookie Kelvin Benjamin , the report says "this potentially is a more talented group."


Cam Newton needed Kelvin Benjamin


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) No quarterback needed a receiver more than Cam Newton, and thankfully the Panthers gave him one Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. With pick No. 28, the Panthers selected Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State.

Benjamin immediately becomes the best receiver in Carolina (tight end Greg Olsen is obviously the best weapon, but we're talking just wideouts). After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason, the Panthers went into Thursday night with Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood atop the depth chart. Yes, you read that right.

We're not expecting Benjamin to become an elite Fantasy receiver, but this is a great opportunity. In two seasons with the Seminoles (27 games) Benjamin posted 1,452 yards on 80 catches with 18 touchdowns -- 14 last season. He was a great weapon for Jameis Winston for the Seminoles, and we hope he does the same for Newton. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds he is a great target.

Newton, who is coming off ankle surgery, is still a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback on Draft Day because of his lack of weapons. But if Benjamin can develop quickly, and Newton goes back to running more, his value will rise.

As for Benjamin, he's worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues. And he's a second-round pick in rookie-only formats.


Jason Avant, Panthers agree to one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) The Carolina Panthers signed free agent wide receiver Jason Avant to a one-year contract on Monday, ESPN reports.

Avant, who turns 31 this month, was released by the Eagles after catching 38 passes for 447 yards for two touchdowns last season.

Panthers hosting Jason Avant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Free agent receiver Jason Avant will visit the Panthers on Monday, reports the Charlotte Observer. Avant, who turns 31 this month, was released by the Eagles after catching 38 passes for 447 yards for two touchdowns last season.

Patriots checked out Lance Moore, Jason Avant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Still looking to add depth at receiver, the Patriots checked out free agents Lance Moore and Jason Avant in the past week, reports the Boston Globe. Moore is scheduled to visit the Steelers on Tuesday.

Jason Avant: 'I know I can still play'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Receiver Jason Avant, released by the Eagles this week, didn't fit Chip Kelly's offense but believes he can contribute to another team. “I’ve been here eight years and sometimes it’s good for a fresh start," he told CSNPhilly.com. "I know I still can play.”

The website mentions the Chiefs, coached by Andy Reid, and the Jets, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, as potential landing spots. Avant played under both in Philly.


Jason Avant will latch on somewhere


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Eagles released Jason Avant, but he figures to sign with another team as a reserve wideout who can mentor younger receivers and perform well in spot duty. Eagles coach Chip Kelly praised Avant for his work ethic and selfless nature.

“He was a great teammate," Kelly said. "We know he will have a chance to sign with another team and by releasing him now, he will have a full offseason to make the necessary adjustments. I had a chance to speak with him today and he handled himself like the true professional he is.”


Report: Eagles release Jason Avant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Eagles released receiver Jason Avant, reports Pro Football Talk. Avant, who turns 31 next month, was due a $1 million roster bonus March 15 and his release creates $3.25 million in cap space.

Avant has spent his entire eight-year career in Philly. After three straight seasons with 50-plus catches, Avant had 38 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns last year.


Jason Avant expected to be released


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Eagles receiver Jason Avant is likely to be released, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Avant is valued for his leadership and locker room presence, but he'd count nearly $4 million against the cap in 2014, the final year of his contract.

Avant, who turns 31 in April, caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season.


Eagles have decision to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) The Eagles will have to make a decision this offseason about bringing back free agent receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, and Jason Avant also could be a cap casualty based on his salary and lack of production, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The report says "expect Maclin to be a priority" even though he missed the season with a torn ACL. He could settle for a one-year deal trying to prove he's back to full strength with the hope of earning a long-term contract.

Cooper is coming off a career season, and the report says Kelly values Cooper for his size and ability to block. But the Eagles must determine whether he's replaceable compared to the money he'll potentially command on the open market.

As for Avant, he could be released or asked to take a pay cut. He's coming off his worst statistical season since 2008 and his production does not merit $3.25 million – especially if the Eagles pay Maclin and/or Cooper big money.


Jason Avant has five grabs in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant made his presence felt in the short passing game during Saturday's Wild Card home loss to the Saints. Avant caught passes for 2, 6, 6, 1 and then 6 yards in the game. Only one of those catches came in the second half as he finished the game with six targets and had five receptions for 21 yards in a 26-24 defeat.

Five Eagles cleared for playoff game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) The Eagles have ruled defensive back Earl Wolff (knee), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee), defensive back Brandon Boykin (hip), wide receiver Jason Avant (shoulder) and defensive back Colt Anderson (knee) active for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game against the Saints.