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Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 4/20/1983 | Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA | Team: Carolina | College: Michigan | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 3/0
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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.

Three Eagles good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Three Eagles are listed as probable for Wild Card weekend.

Wide receiver Jason Avant, cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks should play against the Saints this weekend. Kendricks is dealing with a knee injury. Boykin has a hip issue. Avant has a shoulder injury.


Jason Avant returns from shoulder contusion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Eagles receiver Jason Avant left the game at Dallas in the first half with a shoulder contusion, but was able to return in the third quarter. Avant made two catches for 39 yards before the injury and finished with three grabs on five targets for 45 yards.

The five targets tied for the team lead.


Eagles get myriad offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) The Eagles received many offensive contributions in their 54-11 win over Chicago. Among those, running back Chris Polk ran twice for 12 yards and a touchdown and had an 8-yard reception. It was Polk's second score in the past three weeks.

Tight end Zach Ertz caught a 27-yard pass, while receiver Jason Avant hauled in all three of his targets for 26 yards. Wideout Brad Smith had a 2-yard carry. They'll all visit Dallas in Week 17.


Eagles backup pass catcher do little Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Eagles backup pass catchers did little Week 15 against the Vikings.

Jason Avant actually had a solid game, catching three passes for 40 yards and a score. He was also flagged for offensive pass interference on a deep pass. Brent Celek caught just one pass for 25 yards, and Brad Smith caught one pass for 14 yards. They'll take on the Bears Week 16.


Jason Avant catches one pass in Week 13


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant caught one pass for 20 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Cardinals. He was targeted four times. 

Avant has averaged 16.7 receiving yards over his last three games. He has just two games with 50-plus receiving yards this season. 

The Eagles face the Lions in Week 14. 


Jason Avant an afterthought in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant played just a small role in the passing game Week 11 against the Redskins, catching one pass for 5 yards. He was targeted three times on the day.

Avant has just three catches for 30 yards in his last three games after having 25 for 286 in his first eight.


Jason Avant has 54 yards in Week 8 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant finished with three catches for 54 yards during a Week 8 loss vs. N.Y. Giants. He was targeted four times and his longest catch went 25 yards.

Avant almost scored a touchdown on his first catch late in the second quarter, but he was pulled down at the 2-yard line after a 14-yard catch. Avant also had a first-down catch called back in the fourth quarter because of an offensive pass interference call on 4th-and-10.

The Eagles are back in action Week 9 at Oakland. Avant could be catching passes again from rookie quarterback Matt Barkely with Michael Vick (hamstring) and Nick Foles (concussion) both injured.


Jason Avant misses on two touchdowns Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant had a few chances to record touchdowns Week 7 vs. Dallas, but he came up short every time. Avant, who was targeted a team-high 12 times, settled for three catches for 32 yards.

Avant's best chance for a touchdown came late in the third quarter. Nick Foles had Avant wide open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown, but his throw came up a bit short. Avant got his hands under the catch, but it bounced up in the air and was intercepted. The play was overturned after a review, so it went as an incomplete pass.

Avant was then targeted by backup quarterback Matt Barkley, who replaced an injured Foles (head), on a 12-yard touchdown on the final drive, but the pass was intercepted by Brandon Carr.

The Eagles are back in action Week 8 vs. N.Y. Giants.


Jason Avant nets 21 yards receiving


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant saw six targets come his way during the Week 6 road game at Tampa Bay Sunday. Avant caught four of those passes for 21 yards. His long catch went for 7 yards from quarterback Nick Foles and he did not score in the game. The 30-year-old Avant has one TD catch this year in his only solid performance Week 3 against the Chiefs. 

Three Eagles players combine for five catches Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, wide receiver Jason Avant and wide receiver Riley Cooper didn't have impactful contributions during a 36-21 win Week 5 at N.Y. Giants. 

Ertz had two catches (three targets) for 38 yards, Avant had three catches (seven targets) for 33 yards and Cooper had no catches (one target).

Avant and Cooper were both targeted on failed touchdown passes Sunday. Avant was overthrown on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, while Cooper had a 31-yard touchdown pass thrown out of his reach in the second half.

The Eagles are back in action Week 6 at Tampa Bay.


Jason Avant crashes back to earth


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2013) Eagles receiver Jason Avant, who caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, crashed back to earth in the Week 4 loss in Denver. Avant caught one of his four targets for 7 yards.

Avant has 12 catches for 146 yards this season and is drawing 5 1/2 targets per game. He'll visit the Giants in Week 5.


Jason Avant intriguing Fantasy option against Broncos


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) The Eagles need receivers not named DeSean Jackson to produce. The best bet is Jason Avant, who stepped up in Week 3 to catch five passes for 87 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

Avant might be a wise play as a second receiver or flex option in deeper leagues this week in Denver. Based on a favorable Fantasy matchup that pits a weak Philadelphia defense against an explosive Broncos offense, Avant could receive plenty of targets as his team attempts to keep pace. Denver ranks 30th among NFL teams in passing yards allowed.

He has increased his production every week in 2013. Though he is nowhere to be seen among the top 48 wideouts listed by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers, Avant could be a decent hunch play. It might also be wise, however, to wait a little while longer to note if his Week 3 performance was a flash or a trend.