WR Jason Avant - Carolina Panthers
|6-1, 210||Born: 4-20-1983||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 4|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Sep 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Sep 18): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton sliced up the Lions' secondary for 22/34 yielding 281 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, but did take an uncomfortable five sacks for -30 yards during the contest. Greg Olsen (eight targets for 7/72/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 2/46/0) were the most heavily targeted Panthers, but Benjamin had some issues with drops/lapses of concentration in the game. Jason Avant (seven for 5/54/1) and Jerricho Cotchery (4/46/0) provided steady hands and a diet of first downs to Newton. These four make up a surprisingly effective receiving stable entering the third week of regular season. Pittsburgh gave up 19/31 for 230 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (Hoyer was sacked three times for -24 yards). The Steelers' defense was ranked ninth in the NFL last year, averaging 222 net yards passing allowed per game. So far this year, they average 186 yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL), but have zero interceptions generated vs. three TDs allowed. Pittsburgh's rush D is so weak right now that teams are preferring to run on them (Baltimore tried 36 rushes last week vs. 29 passes attempted). Newton may not need to throw the ball that much against the soft Steelers' D, but he may be able to do some good things with his legs this week - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the 2-0 Panthers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs TB (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jason Avant was largely marginalised in this game as the Panthers played it safe and relied on more run-heavy sets (two tight ends, two backs). When Avant was called upon, Derek Anderson would generally forego targeting him for trusted tight end Greg Olsen or a back out of the backfield. Avant got an opportunity to make some yardage on a flanker screen, but it was quickly snuffed out by a swarming Buccaneers defense.
2014 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Quarterback Cam Newton said it was a goal of his to feed the football to new targets Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery this week, and he didn't let his veteran receivers down. The crafty veteran Avant was targeted deep early on as Newton got into rhythm, but the receiver was not even close to being open. Avant rattled off a 10-yard gain on a backside screen pass, a staple of the Carolina offense often run for Greg Olsen. The former Eagle"s most telling contribution came in the red zone. Split out wide left, Avant"s quick break to the inside on the dig route gave Newton a nice target, and his quarterback duly fired it in between his numbers for the touchdown, Avant falling backwards into the end zone. Late in the contest, Newton went back to Avant on a key third down to help the Panthers ice the game away. Although the chemistry isn"t quite there yet, there is potential for the on-field rapport between Newton and Avant to build in coming weeks.
Latest NewsPanthers | Friday injury report (Fri Sep 19, 02:42 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. WR Jason Avant (thigh) and WR Jerricho Cotchery (thigh) are listed as questionable, while OT Byron Bell (toe), WR Philly Brown (ankle), OT Nate Chandler (toe), DT Colin Cole (non-injury), LB Thomas Davis (hip), DT Dwan Edwards (back), FB Mike Tolbert (chest) and OT Garry Williams (hip) are listed as probable. Cole, Cotchery and Whittaker did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19. Avant was limited during practice, while the other players fully participated in practice. Our View: Cotchery is facing his old mates Sunday night, but he might not get to notch any points on the Steelers. Jason Avant would be a good desperation play in his stead, but he too is banged up. Look for Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin to dominate targets in this one.
link to story Panthers | Thursday practice report (Thu Sep 18, 04:20 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jason Avant (thigh) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. WR Jerricho Cotchery (thigh), FB Mike Tolbert (chest) and OT Garry Williams (thigh) were limited, while OT Byron Bell (toe), WR Philly Brown (ankle), OT Nate Chandler (toe) and DT Dwan Edwards (back) practiced in full. link to story Panthers | Wednesday injury report for Week 3 (Wed Sep 17, 06:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (toe), WR Philly Brown (ankle), OT Nate Chandler (toe), LB Thomas Davis (hip), DT Dwan Edwards (back), RB Mike Tolbert (chest), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) and OT Garry Williams (thigh) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. WR Jason Avant (thigh) was limited.
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