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WR Jason Avant - Carolina Panthers

6-1, 210Born: 4-20-1983College: MichiganDrafted: Round 4

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Summary

Jason Avant (31 years old as of April 20, 2014) is listed as the Panthers' #2 wide receiver right now, but he's looking over his shoulder at rookie Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers' first round selection who may well work his way into the starting lineup come regular season. Avant managed around 50 receptions per season at his peak with his previous NFL team, the Eagles, during 2010-2012 - but he finished 2013 with 76 targets for 38/447/2 receiving, a 50% reception percentage. He is playing for the Panthers on a one-year, $1.05 million deal - he's essentially getting backup money so there would be no surprise to see Benjamin pass Avant on the depth chart. (May 23)

Stats and Projections

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2011 PHI 16 0 0 0 81 52 679 1
2012 PHI 14 0 0 0 77 53 648 0
2013 PHI 16 0 0 0 76 38 447 2 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 16 0 * * 22 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 45 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 36 * * *

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Latest News

Panthers | No timetable for Kelvin Benjamin (Mon Jul 28, 07:33 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't have a timetable for his return after bruising his left knee, but he is expected to be back in days, not weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin should be back before the end of training camp Aug. 12. So far in camp, Benjamin has looked really good and hasn't dropped a pass during team drills while running with the first-team offense. WR Jason Avant moved up to the first-team offense Monday, July 28, with Benjamin out.

Our View: The Panthers want to be as cautious as possible here. Benjamin is going to be a big part of their passing game if healthy. The 2014 first-round pick was supposed to be the centerpiece of the team's new-look wide receiver corps. Benjamin has good size and a large wingspan, but he's raw as a receiver. He's sluggish off the line of scrimmage, his routes are rounded off instead of being sharp and he's not as physical as you would expect for a receiver his size. Benjamin's current ADP is WR51 (11.05) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he's a boom/bust play in 2014.
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Panthers | Jason Avant to be No. 3 WR (Sat Jul 19, 10:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant likely will serve as the No. 3 wide receiver this upcoming season.

Our View: Avant has the experience edge over guys like Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. The Panthers are unlikely to have a robust passing game this year, so Avant won't have much fantasy value this year.
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