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
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.