WR Donnie Avery - Free Agent
|5-11, 192||Born: 6-12-1984||College: Houston||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2008|
2014 Week 1 vs TEN (13 / 7 / 84 / 0 rec)
This game was a mixed bag for Avery, as he posted a respectable 7-84-0 line but had several miscues as well. He fell down on two of Smith's picks and had the third bounce off of his chest. In fairness to him, the two he fell down on were both poor throws, but there is still a sense that a better receiver may have prevented one or both of them. All that said Avery was the only receiver that showed an ability to get open in this game and ran some really good routes. Avery showed outstanding footwork to get two feet in bounds on a diving catch in the 4th quarter for a 25 yard gain. He looked very much like a WR2/3 that was thrust into his team's WR1 role without any help around him.
2014 Week 2 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Avery had a 39 yard reception called back because of holding and saw his role greatly diminished from Week 1. He saw a couple of red zone targets short of the goal line and each time went down immediately after catching it instead of attempting to get into the end zone.
2014 Week 3 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Avery was even less involved than Bowe, picking up a pair of short outs. He made a very nice diving catch on one of them, but it's hard to get too excited about a 3 yard gain no matter how good the catch is.
2014 Week 4 vs NE (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
Avery only had two catches in the game but both were big plays. Just before halftime he caught a short hitch on the left side and sprinted up the field for a 19 yard gain. He set up the Chiefs final touchdown with a 27 yard catch in the 4th quarter. Avery caught a hitch on the left sideline this time, then shed a tackler and advanced all the way down to the Patriots 9 yard line. Avery left the game on the next play with a groin injury.
2014 Week 13 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Avery was silent until late in the 4th quarter. As the team was trying to mount a comeback he found himself wide open due to busted coverage. He caught Smith's pass but then fumbled the ball away as he attempted to pick up more yardage.
2013 Week 1 vs JAX (5 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Avery saw most of his targets including his five yard touchdown catch. On that play he ran a simple 3 yard out and then bounced off a would-be-tackler and waltzed into the end zone. After that, the Jaguars began giving him a little attention and Smith stopped looking his way.
2013 Week 3 vs PHI (7 / 7 / 141 / 0 rec)
Avery was the star of the game for the Chiefs offense and the main reason they were able to move the ball in the first three quarters. Four of his biggest catches came on the same type of play, including his 51 yard gain. Avery was running a simple short cross, or dig route and the other receivers were getting downfield to block for him. The difference on the 51 yard gain was that Avery actually broke two tackles once he got to the safeties. Avery's speed is perfect for these types of routes, especially against zone coverage. With no one close to him when he caught the ball he had plenty of time to build up speed behind some really good downfield blocking from his fellow wide outs. Avery also made a nice catch on a post pass for a first down late in the game between two defenders.
2013 Week 4 vs NYG (10 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Donnie Avery ran many of the same routes he did against Philadelphia with the main difference being that the Giants had him blanketed in man coverage on most of them. Avery dropped three passes on plays where he was either well covered or exposed to a big hit. His two catches came on a short slant against soft coverage and a perfectly placed short out with no defenders in the area.
2013 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 91 / 0 rec)
Avery went from being a receiver that was targeted almost entirely on short crosses to the team's only legitimate deep threat. His 44 yard reception was underthrown by Smith but Avery beat the corner back to the ball and made a nice catch. His 41 yard reception was a much better thrown ball and Avery made a leaping catch. Unfortunately, he crashed down on his left shoulder and did not return to the game. On both of Avery's deep routes he had at least two steps on the man that was trying to defend him.
2013 Week 6 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Avery caught only two balls and struggled to get open all day. He fumbled one of those catches in the red zone on a wide receiver screen when he didn't do a good job of securing the ball. The one time Avery did get open, deep down the left sideline, Smith overthrew him on what would have been a sure touchdown.
2013 Week 7 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Avery was clearly behind McCluster in the pecking order. His longest catch was on a deep hitch for 17 yards down the right sideline. His route was crisp, and the pass was on the mark from Smith. Avery's best play came on a 3rd and 7 reception. He caught the ball crossing the field in front of the marker. A stiff arm of a defender allowed him to get past the marker and pick up a key first down. Avery was well covered for much of the game other than these two occurrences.
2013 Week 8 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Avery took a backseat to McCluster but still had a couple of nice plays. His first reception was a 2 yard out that Avery turned into an 8 yard gain by turning up the field on a dime instead of running out of bounds. His biggest grab came in the second half on a deep in that Smith placed perfectly for an 18 yard gain.
2013 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Avery didn't see any deep targets and was used almost exclusively on short slants. He dropped his first target and was leveled after a short gain on his second. His best play came on a short slant caught in between two defenders. Avery spun away from the tacklers to move the Chiefs into the red zone. For the second week in a row it looked like Avery has fallen behind Dexter McCluster in the passing game.
2013 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Avery's first quarter drop was one of the bigger drops of the game. Smith perfectly placed the ball on his back shoulder between two defenders 30 yards down field and Avery just couldn't haul it in. His only grab came on a deep post against soft coverage. He did a good job of using his body as a shield on the play and picked up 20 yards.
2013 Week 12 vs SD (5 / 4 / 91 / 1 rec)
Avery's route on his touchdown catch was one of the best of the day. He ran a post-corner-post, fooling both his man and the safety that was supposed to be helping. The result was a wide open Avery on the receiving end of a 32 yard bullet from Smith. Just a short while later he beat his man down the left sideline for a 36 yard grab between two defenders, and unlike last week he held on to the ball. Avery looks like the clear favorite in the deep passing game and showed a good understanding for how to get open and better hands than he has as of late.
2013 Week 13 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Avery's game was about as bad as a receiver's can be. He was consistently targeted deep down the field in the 4th quarter and consistently dropped well placed throws from Alex Smith. He had at least four drops on the day, the last of which led to him leaving the field with a shoulder injury. He returned later in the game so the injury isn't thought to be serious. Avery had an opportunity for a huge day and let it slip through his hands.
2013 Week 14 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Avery was used very little making his only catch in tight coverage on a slant. Because the Chiefs didn't look downfield often and Dwayne Bowe was so heavily involved in the passing game, Avery took a back seat. The game script also led to a reduction in targets across the board which contributed.
2013 Week 15 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Avery's 23 yard gain came on a busted coverage as he was left wide open down the right sideline for an easy catch. His only other grab was a short hitch in the middle of the field that the Raiders were happy to give him in the 2 minute warning.
2013 Week 16 vs IND (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Avery's three catches all came on short routes over the middle, and he was unable each time to make the first man miss. His best play was a short cross that went for 15 yards because he was able to outrun his man over the middle. Avery was unable to get open downfield throughout the game.
2013 Week 18 vs IND (3 / 1 / 79 / 1 rec)
Avery's 79 yard reception came on a deep post where he beat his man deep by three steps and hauled in a perfectly thrown ball from Smith. He also had a terrible drop later in the game and was injured on the play. He did not return.
2012 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Avery is the #2 WR for the Colts, and although he didn't tally many receptions, he was the guy who eventually came down with Luck's first NFL TD pass. Two of Avery's three receptions came on that drive for seven and four yards respectively. On the TD, Reggie Wayne went in motion, drawing the defensive coverage. But Luck went the other direction and hit Avery on a quick slant for the TD. Avery's only other reception was in garbage time - a big 26 yard reception down the left side of the field just before the end of the game. It was a good pass, but the Bears were not playing tight coverage and it probably contributed to Avery coming down with the reception.
2012 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Avery had a fantastic game, the only black mark on it being he was kept out of the end zone. Andrew Luck looked for him all day and Avery obliged with some fine catches, the longest of which was a 41 yard streak down the sideline. On the play, Luck pulled the defense in on a playaction fake, and Avery was able to get great separation on Vikings' defensive back Antoine Winfield. Avery fell to the ground while making the catch, a nice leaping grab, and Winfield was lucky to get a hand on Avery or he might have crawled into the end zone.
2012 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Avery's first target was a well-defended in route. Avery was beaten to the football by the cornerback as the pass was broken up. His first catch was a deep out route for 18 yards. He did well to drag his feet and hold onto the ball as he fell out of bounds. Avery made an excellent toe tap reception for 15 yards and held onto a very fast pass from Luck that was more difficult than it appeared initially.
2012 Week 5 vs GB (8 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Avery saw a lot of targets but they weren't all quality. Some were a little low and some high, but Andrew Luck was looking for him and that may eventually translate to some better chemistry. Avery also saw a lot of tight coverage from the Packers, even when Reggie Wayne was tearing the Green Bay secondary up, which made it hard for Luck to get him the ball. Avery did have a chance for a huge play on a pass which would have put him on about the five yard line. Luck missed him by a yard or two and Avery laid out for it and it went barely beyond his outstretched hands.
2012 Week 6 vs NYJ (12 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Avery was the Colts' most targeted receiver and Luck's preferred third down target. Avery's biggest play of the game occurred on his team's first drive. On an early 3rd-and-15, Luck found Avery down the right sideline for a big 24-yard gain. Avery demonstrated good body control as he hauled in the pass. Luck came back to Avery on 3rd-and-10 midway through the 3rd quarter for a 14-yard gain. The Colts were only able to pick up three of their 14 third down opportunities, but it's worth noting that Luck kept looking Avery's way in these situations.
2012 Week 7 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Avery made the most of his opportunities with a good match-up against Cleveland defensive backs not named Joe Haden. Avery adjusted to back shoulder throws multiple times in the game, displaying good hands to corral the pass through contact. Avery is a risky start in fantasy due to the revolving nature of the no.2 fantasy option behind Reggie Wayne on a game-by-game basis.
2012 Week 8 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Former Titan Donnie Avery had a productive game against his former team. Avery was targeted eight times against Tennessee and responded by catching four balls for 47 yards. Avery's best catch came on a 17 yard gain down the middle of the field. Avery was able to create separation past the cornerback defending him. Despite being hit after the throw, Andrew Luck delivered a great pass that Avery brought down before being tackled by Jordan Babineaux. Avery primarily ran quick slants short across the middle and deep post routes down the seam. Avery was also hit with a personal foul to take the Colts out of field goal range in the second quarter.
2012 Week 9 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 108 / 0 rec)
Avery rode the wave of Andrew Luck's record-breaking game, catching five passes for one hundred and eight yards against the Dolphins, leading all Colts in receiving yardage. Avery was well on his way to an even bigger day before colliding with Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. The wide receiver left the game with a hip injury. The Houston product's signature play came on a highlight-reel diving catch on a go route, a forty-eight yard downfield shot from Luck that included multiple Miami defenders glued to his body. Avery is clearly Andrew Luck's second option in the Colts' passing attack, a burner who can easily separate from a secondary and take the top off of a defense. If he is able to quickly recover from the hip injury he suffered, he is in line for a career year, on pace for well over nine hundred yards receiving.
2012 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
Donnie Avery played well on Thursday in the limited action he saw. Avery looked fast, athletic and made a terrific play down the field showing off his speed. QB Luck used play action and found Avery wide open down the field. The pass was slightly overthrown but Avery was still able to twist his body and leap at the right time to make the very impressive catch. Avery also made a nice grab against man coverage on an out pattern and took a screen pass for the first down also. Avery's night was going really well until he had a big drop later in the game. Luck found Avery deep down the field but he was unable to make the catch and a big play was left on the field which would have added tremendous value to his overall production on Thursday.
2012 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Avery didn't have a reception on the first drive, but he made the biggest play by beating Kyle Arrington deep and drawing a pass interference call at the goalline. Avery's first reception came soon after when Luck hit him on a quick in route for five yards. His second reception was a screen pass caught in the flat that was well blocked. Avery went for nine yards before being tackled. In the Colts' two minute drill before the half, Avery made an excellent reception in traffic after running a post route deep. He caught the ball between two defenders and absorbed a hit to his back as the ball landed in his chest. Avery had a big impact in the first half, but suffered a concussion and didn't come out for the second half.
2012 Week 12 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Avery was second on the team in targets with eight, but only managed to bring in three for 31 yards. Avery's long went for 17 yards, coming across the middle just before halftime. That same drive, Luck went back to Avery on consecutive throws, overthrowing him on a deep post before the two failed to connect as Avery worked down the sideline on the next throw. Avery had a fumble too, coming just after he converted a 3rd down, but luckily Allen was able to jump on the loose ball after a fortuitous bounce.
2012 Week 13 vs DET (14 / 5 / 91 / 2 rec)
Donnie Avery played a very hard fought football game on Sunday and earned his solid production stat line as a result. Avery got one touchdown very early in the game, beating his man inside on a post route before hauling in a perfectly placed pass from Luck over the middle of the endzone. Avery had one or two drops on Sunday but made up for them with big explosive plays when his team needed them. Avery and Luck clearly have developed big chemistry for the deep passing game and have worked on it heavily in practice. Avery managed to fly past his man and get open down the field again and hauled in a perfectly floated pass from Luck to instantly change field position for his team in a big way. Avery got his hands on some curl/quick out patterns but they were for minimal yards. Avery's second touchdown came as time expired in the redzone. QB Luck flipped the ball to Avery over the middle and Avery was able to split the defense and score up the middle before getting tackled. Avery showed once again his deep threat ability and speed that keeps him fantasy relevant.
2012 Week 14 vs TEN (9 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Avery had three receptions on nine targets against the Titans. Avery primarily ran curls and screens to the left side of the field and go routes to the right. His best catch came on an 18 yard gain down the right hash-mark. Avery primarily plays out of the slot with Reggie Wayne and TY Hilton on the field. The Colts don't appear to be sending him on as many deep routes as the season wears on as was there strategy earlier in the season.
2012 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Avery finished the day with three receptions on five targets. He was covered primarily by a safety or nickel corner and had some difficulty beating his man off the line of scrimmage. Avery primarily ran deep crosses and hitches in the middle of the field. His best catch came on a nine yard gain to the Texans one yard line on a quick pass from Andrew Luck. Unfortunately, the Colts fumbled the ball on the next snap.
2012 Week 16 vs KC (9 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Avery's first reception came on third and three when he ran inside on a rub route, but was tackled well for a short gain. Avery caught a crossing route underneath the opposition defense for four yards on first and 10. After two underneath receptions, Avery broke free as Andrew Luck bought time in the pocket. He streaked past Brandon Flowers to catch a perfectly thrown pass from Luck for 28 yards. Avery beat Javier Arenas streaking across the field on third and four to fight forward for the first down. Avery dropped an underneath crossing route on third and long. Avery caught a quick pass in the flat that was thrown slightly too high by his quarterback. Avery barely got back to the ground before he was tackled.
2012 Week 17 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Avery was barely visible in this game, and he appears to have been left in the dust by TY Hilton in the pecking order for targets.
2012 Week 18 vs BAL (8 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
It was a day of mixed results for Avery against Baltimore. He showed his still impressive burst on the opening play of the game, a reverse where he got into space for 15 yards. Avery added a third down conversion on a tight window reception later in the game. Other than those two plays, Avery struggled with two bad drops, one on third down in field goal range and another that thwarted a potential 22-yard gain. On two other occasions, passes were tipped at the line of scrimmage which were headed in Avery's direction. Like many of his performances throughout the 2012 season, Avery needed a high total of targets to put up a respectable statistical line.
2011 Week 7 vs HOU (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The former Ram made two contributions to this game, one good and one bad. He was able to draw a pass interference early in the first quarter when he was pushed in the back by the defender. Later on though, a pass that went off his hands was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. In Avery's defense, the throw was high and Avery couldn't control it. The ball popped up and into cornerback Brice McCain's hands. It's possible Avery might have done a bit more to prevent that, but it wasn't a great pass. Avery was unable to get clear of the Texans secondary for the rest of the day.
2011 Week 9 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Avery was the only receiver to get behind the Bengals defense but Hasselbeck missed him so it was for not. He also dropped a pass in the 4th quarter than definitely should have been caught.
2011 Week 17 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
After having not caught a pass since 2009, Donnie Avery looked sensational in limited duty against the Texans. Despite only catching 3 passes, Avery looked quick and crisp in his routes. He also showed excellent concentration on each of his catches and fantastic balance on a back-shoulder catch in the corner of the endzone for his first touchdown in two seasons. It remains to be seen if the Titans will bring Avery back next season but based on his effort and energy against Houston, he would make an excellent possession receiver.
2009 Week 1 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Avery only made catches close to the line of scrimmage (comebacks and screens), and he opened the game with a fumbled kickoff. There was no chance to see if his speed is intact coming back from the broken bone in his foot, but there were no apparent signs of lingering problems with the injury. Avery also got an end around, but dangerously tried to hurdle a defender at the end of his run. He's still fine in PPR leagues, but his potential is obviously limited by the offense.
2009 Week 2 vs WAS (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Redskins took Donnie Avery out of the game in Week 2, letting him catch just one of his six targets. Avery's only catch would have been better to have been a drop for the Rams as he fumbled the short grab over the middle and it killed the Rams' best drive deep in Redskin territory and took away their only real chance to score in the second half.
2009 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Donnie Avery was not even targeted in the first quarter. After Laurent Robinson left the game, Avery was thrown to more often but had nothing to show for it, save for his three catches of 3, 4, and 5 yards each. He was rarely open and did not appear to be used on the deep routes that made his rookie campaign successful. He also left late in the game, with an apparent rib injury.
2009 Week 4 vs SF (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Donnie Avery did the best he could against San Francisco in Week 4 as the clear top wideout for the Rams, but he faced long odds. His normal starting quarterback (Marc Bulger) was out, and both the elements (windy) and the tough 49er defense stared him square in the face. Avery only had four targets as Kyle Boller faced a ton of pressure, but Avery made the most of the chances, converting three for 47 yards to lead all Rams' receivers. Avery's first catch of 22 yards was the longest St. Louis play of the game. Avery needs Marc Bulger to get healthy and other receivers to step up and draw coverage away from him to really elevate his chances to perform, as for now Avery is a fantasy WR3 or flex option at best.
2009 Week 5 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)
Avery had his first good game for the Rams this season. Unfortunately most of his stats were accumulated during garbage time on the final two drives. Marc Bulger clearly favors Avery over others and went to him on the long bomb for a TD late in the game. The pass was a little short, but Avery came back to make the catch and spin into the end zone. On the final play of the game, Bulger hit Avery on a 19 yard sideline pass that was high but Avery went up to make a nice catch. Boller also hit Avery earlier in the game on a nice designed roll out pass that found Avery deep down the sideline on 3rd and long. Avery is Bulger's go to guy and with Bulger in the starting lineup next week, Avery's stats should improve.
2009 Week 6 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)
Avery got open easily in the back of the end zone on the only offensive TD for the Rams, and he also got a step deep later in the first quarter, but Bulger underthrew him and the ball was intercepted. In the second quarter, Avery came down hard on the same hip he injured last year, and had to leave the game.
2009 Week 7 vs IND (4 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)
Avery showed that he really was ready to go after his hip injury, getting open deep early in the Week 7 contest against Indianapolis on a flea flicker that resulted in a 50-yard catch for Avery in the first quarter. Of course, Avery then again had to take some time off after that big gainer, but he was able to get right back in the lineup after missing one series. Avery did little the rest of the afternoon against the Colts, getting just one short ball for eight yards the rest of the game. Avery is still the best wideout the Rams have, but that does not make him more than a fantasy WR3 at best most weeks.
2009 Week 8 vs DET (5 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Avery was targeted a few times throughout the game, but his only reception came on the opening series - a short catch and run for 15 yards. He also had several key drops throughout the game. For the most part, Avery was a non-factor in the game.
2009 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 4 / 67 / 2 rec)
Avery was able to make the most of a banged up Saints secondary in week 10 as he caught multiple TD's for the 1st time this season. His 2nd TD catch was a thing of beauty as he made a nice over the shoulder catch in the front corner of the end zone. Avery's main job was the stretch the field, and he did a fine job doing just that. He totaled 67 yards and just 4 catches. This was the Avery that fantasy owners were licking their chops to draft in the pre-season. There is really nothing wrong with Avery's game at this point, he just plays on an offense that has issues getting him the ball frequently.
2009 Week 11 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Donnie Avery struggled to get open against the Cardinals for most of the game, finally getting some space later in the contest once the defense started to respect Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola. Avery added 50 yards to his sparse yardage total in the final minutes to make his numbers look far better than they were for the first three periods. Avery gets a better matchup next week against Seattle.
2009 Week 12 vs SEA (11 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Avery was Boller's top target in the clutch, but disappeared for stretches. He was used effectively on catch and run plays, and caught one touchdown reception, a sneaky red zone play that had him in motion and starting out of the backfield.
2009 Week 13 vs CHI (8 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Avery did break free deep once, but a sprawling breakup prevented a long TD catch. He looked fast on an end around, and also made a tackler miss in the open field on a reception. Avery ran tough after the catch and could have had a bigger day with better throws by Boller on a few of his sideline targets. His best gain came on a reception in the Rams desperation drive as they never got in any kind of rhythm in the passing offense.
2009 Week 14 vs TEN (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Avery's season has been a disappointment to most fantasy owners and Sunday's game against the Titans won't do much to change that perception. Avery was covered much of the game by Courtland Finnegan, a physical cornerback excellent in coverage. Finnegan was winning the battle at the line of scrimmage with Avery and by the time Avery was able to get clear of Finnegan and in to his route, the Titans pass-rush was already on top of Keith Null. He finished the day with two catches for 14 yards, only one of which resulted in as much as first down.
2009 Week 15 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Avery had yet another disappointing game. On routes where he was sent deep, the Texans pass rush had crashed the pocket long before quarterback Keith Null could look for Avery. His 4 receptions were all for under 10 yards, mostly coming on bubble-screens and quick curl patterns. Avery did, however provide a number of key blocks in the running game including on Steven Jackson's 35 yard run to the right sideline.
2009 Week 16 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Avery got a deep target only to see DRC sky and take it away before it even got to him. Otherwise, he worked the sidelines on some short to intermediate routes. There will be no sign of the deep threat we saw last year until the Rams pass protection and QB play improves.
2009 Week 17 vs SF (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Avery had a nice downfield catch in the first half, but suffered a concussion to make it happen. It's starting to feel like he'll be on the injury report for most of his career.
2008 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 37 / 1 rush)
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.
2008 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 7 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 8 vs NE (10 / 6 / 163 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 9 vs ARI (9 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Avery had only three receptions for 26 yards and no touchdowns. He was targeted nine times, many of them deep in the Cardinals' secondary.
2008 Week 10 vs NYJ (7 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 11 vs SF (13 / 9 / 93 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 12 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Avery only had one catch in this game, making a 14 yard gain out of it.
2008 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 15 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 16 vs SF (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 17 vs ATL (9 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)
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.