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81 Jason Avant WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 4/20/1983 | Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA | Team: Kansas City | College: Michigan | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 130.00
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Jason Avant paces Chiefs' receivers in Week 14 loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Jason Avant led Chiefs' receivers with five catches for 64 yards in the loss at Arizona. He was targeted seven times. Albert Wilson hauled in four of eight targets for 53 yards, and Dwayne Bowe secured two of three targets for 29 yards.

They'll face the Raiders in Week 15.


Chiefs' pass catchers post mediocre performances vs. Broncos


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce led the team with just 36 receiving yards Sunday, catching all three of his targets in his team's 29-16 loss to the Broncos in Week 13.

It was a rough day all around for the Kansas City offense, which managed only 151 total yards despite scoring two touchdowns and a field goal. New addition Jason Avant followed Kelce on the leaderboard with 30 yards while catching two of his four targets. Tight end Anthony Fasano made his only reception count, hauling in a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Nominal No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe only managed to catch two of his five targets for just 18 yards while wide receiver Donnie Avery caught one of his two targets for 20 yards.

The Chiefs passing attack will look to deliver a much stronger performance against the Cardinals in Week 14.


Jason Avant signs with Chiefs Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Jason Avant has signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to his agent on Friday, via the NFL Network. Avant, 31, was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday. In 11 games with Carolina this season, he caught 21 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown.

Panthers waive Jason Avant, promote De'Andre Presley to active roster


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Panthers have announced they've waived wide receiver Jason Avant Tuesday. To replace Avant, the Panthers promoted wide receiver De’Andre Presley from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

In 11 games, Avant has 21 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown. Coach Ron Rivera indicated the team would like to give its younger receivers more of an opportunity.


Panthers' Jason Avant, Brandon Williams do little Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Panthers pass catchers Jason Avant and Brandon Williams did little Week 9 against the Saints.

Avant hauled in just one pass, gaining 8 yards. Williams wasn't much better, gaining 6 yards on his only reception. Williams nearly scored on the play, but he was ruled down a few yards short of the goal line. 

Both players will look for more Week 10 against the Eagles. 


Panthers backup runners do little Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Panthers backup running backs did little Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Carolina was content to run with Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton most of the game. Chris Ogbonnaya had just one carry, picking up nine yards. Wideout Jason Avant even managed a carry, but gained just one yard. Darrin Reaves also gained one yard on his only carry.

They'll look for more Week 9 against the Saints. 


Panthers WRs Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant held in check Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Panthers wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant were both held under 25 receiving yards in a disappointing Week 7 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Cotchery came down with a 5-yard grab in the second quarter for his only catch of the first half. He had two catches the rest of the way and finished with three grabs for 21 yards on eight targets. Avant caught two passes for 6 yards in a 38-17 defeat.


Contingent of Panthers make small contributions to win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Several Panthers pitched in with catches Sunday as their team overcame a deficit to beat Chicago.

Among them were veteran Jerricho Cotchery with three for 36 and Jason Avant with two for 42. Kelvin Benjamin added three receptions for 38 yards while Brenton Bersin caught one for 21, tight end Ed Dickson two for 16 and Philly Brown one for four yards. Brown added two carries for 22 yards.


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.