Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent: WR Jason Avant


We are one week away from the start of the free agency period. With that, the talk will start to heat up big time, leading up to the frenzy, which begins March 11th.

There was a lot of talk about Jeremy Maclin to the Jets. Well, the Eagles resigned him, as well as Riley Cooper. That led to the events of yesterday, where the Eagles released long-time receiver Jason Avant.

So, what do we think?  Should the Jets bring this guy in?

He too, has the connection with Marty Mornhinweg, so he would have an advantage, knowledge of the system.

Here are his career stats so far:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2006 23 PHI wr 81 8 3 7 68 9.7 1 18 0.9 8.5 68 1 1 1
2007 24 PHI wr 81 15 5 23 267 11.6 2 31 1.5 17.8 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 268 2 0 2
2008 25 PHI wr 81 15 6 32 377 11.8 2 31 2.1 25.1 377 2 0 3
2009 26 PHI WR 81 16 9 41 587 14.3 3 58 2.6 36.7 587 3 1 5
2010 27 PHI wr 81 16 3 51 573 11.2 1 34 3.2 35.8 573 1 0 5
2011 28 PHI wr 81 16 7 52 679 13.1 1 35 3.3 42.4 679 1 2 5
2012 29 PHI wr 81 14 6 53 648 12.2 0 39 3.8 46.3 648 0 1 4
2013 30 PHI te/WR 81 16 14 38 447 11.8 2 31 2.4 27.9 447 2 1 4
Career 116 53 297 3646 12.3 12 58 2.6 31.4 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 3647 12 6 29

They have been solid stats, but not number one quality stats. But, you can partially blame that on the effect of playing behind guys like DeSean Jackson. Let’s delve into some more numbers, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.  These are going to show us a bit more of the reliability of Jason Avant.

Specifically, we are going to look at his drop rate.  The stat is just what it sounds like, the amount of dropped passes Avant recorded out of the total of catchable passes, figured out as a percentage.

2013: 3 drops, 41 catchable passes, 7.32% drop rate

2012: 0 drops, 53 catchable passes, 0.00% drop rate

2011: 3 drops, 55 catchable passes, 5.45% drop rate

2010: 4 drops, 55 catchable passes, 7.27% drop rate

2009: 1 drop, 42 catchable passes, 2.38% drop rate

So, Jason is clearly a reliable wide receiver.  He likely won’t take a contract that will break the bank, considering his numbers, and the fact that he only made $2,710,000.  As a middle level receiver, he won’t command the money of an Eric Decker, or a Hakeem Nicks, for example.

Avant would need help, as he wouldn’t be a guy that could lead this group, but he is a guy that could be a good influence on this group.  The Jets could do a lot worse than signing a player like him.

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