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Week 3 vs. SEA
Receiving: 3 / 24 / 0 on 5 targets
The first wide receiver taken in the 2008 draft saw limited duty but looked promising. He's quick and Bulger needs to practice getting him the ball on time.
Week 4 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 37 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 22 / 0 on 7 targets
Avery made his first NFL start a memorable one. He was targeted on the Rams first play, a 50 yard bomb that Green under threw slightly and was knocked down by a defender. Later in the first quarter Avery lined up in the backfield with Jackson, faked right, and then took a pitch 37 yards around left end for the touchdown. That play really fired up the fans and the whole team.
Week 6 vs. WAS
Rushing: 1 / -5 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 73 / 0 on 5 targets
The Rams up and coming rookie WR Donnie Avery yet again staked his claim as Isaac Bruce's replacement on Sunday, leading the team in receiving yards with 73 and hauling in four of his five targets. With all of the talk that's been focused on rookie WRs Desean Jackson and Eddie Royal, Avery is very quietly going about his business and having a very commendable year -- especially when you consider the team that he's stuck on.
Week 7 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 65 / 1 on 6 targets
In back to back weeks Avery has made a huge impact in Rams victories. He caught a beautiful pass from Bulger after torching corner Anthony Henry for an easy score. Avery displayed impressive speed and route running throughout the day. Of note, Avery caught another touchdown that was called back to a Rams penalty. He is quickly becoming an excellent complement to pro bowl partner Torry Holt.
Week 8 vs. NE
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 163 / 1 on 10 targets
Avery was far and away the best receiver for the Rams. Bulger hit him three times for long gains, one of them a 69 yard score. Not to put a damper on his accomplishment, but once the Patriots figured out what they were doing with the deep ball (i.e.: throwing it to Avery) they shut him down, limiting him to a single 12 yard catch in the latter stages of the game.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Receiving: 3 / 26 / 0 on 9 targets
Avery had only three receptions for 26 yards and no touchdowns. He was targeted nine times, many of them deep in the Cardinals' secondary.
Week 10 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 1 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 29 / 0 on 7 targets
Avery has emerged as the go to receiver with the Rams and represents a true deep threat. He showed a nice double move for a sizable reception on one play. Otherwise, the Jets rolled coverage his way to limit his impact.
Week 11 vs. SF
Receiving: 9 / 93 / 0 on 13 targets
Avery was by far Bulger's favorite target. The 49ers secondary allowed him a big cushion that usually left him open underneath. The strategy to contain Avery was mostly successful, as he got loose for only one deep pass, a disputed sideline play.
Week 12 vs. CHI
Rushing: 1 / -5 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
Avery only had one catch in this game, making a 14 yard gain out of it.
Week 13 vs. MIA
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
Avery failed to catch a pass all afternoon, though did draw two defensive pass interference calls on the opening drive of the game. Avery added a two yard rush as well.
Week 14 vs. ARI
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 6 targets
Avery had only two catches for 18 yards, but could have had a better game as he was targeted deep a couple of times, at least one time when he was wide open and the ball was overthrown.
Week 15 vs. SEA
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 61 / 0 on 10 targets
The Rams clearly wanted to get Avery involved in the offense. In addition to being the team's most targeted receiver, they also managed to hand the ball off to him three times.
Week 16 vs. SF
Receiving: 5 / 56 / 0 on 10 targets
Avery disappeared in the second half (after a team high seven targets in the first half), until the final two minutes when he made two clutch first down grabs. He was clearly a big part of the game plan for the Rams, and likely heir apparent to Isaac Bruce.
Week 17 vs. ATL
Receiving: 5 / 40 / 1 on 9 targets
Avery caught five passes for 40 yards including a TD pass on a deep post. The speedster also got behind a defender in the second quarter but the ball was slightly under thrown.
Avery finished the season with 52 receptions, two short of the Rams' rookie record of 54 set by Eddie Kennison in 1996. The first receiver taken in the 2008 draft, Avery was third among rookie receivers with 634 receiving yards coming into this game.