Add Jason Avant to the list of Eagles who would welcome recently released Plaxico Burress to the team.
After another hard work out in the heat today down in New Jersey, Avant was asked about the possibility of Burress coming in and joining the Eagles group of receivers.
“We could definitely use him in the redzone, I can tell you that” said Avant to Johnathon Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Avant has always been good with the media since he came to the Eagles as a 4th round draft pick in 2006. While it is not exactly news worthy to say that he would welcome Burress to Philadelphia, it is interesting the way Avant casually threw the Eagles redzone offense under the bus.
According to TeamRankings.com, the Eagles were the 15th ranked red zone offense in the league last year, scoring just over 50% of the time. Despite his status as 3rd wide out on the team, Avant is a player that the Eagles did target in the red zone due to his solid hands and height compared to other receivers on the team.
For all of the talent the Eagles have in their receiving core, one thing they do lack is height. Two teams in their division with taller, more physical wide outs- Dallas and New York- both ranked ahead of the Eagles in red zone efficiency.
Avant has been one of the regulars down in New Jersey, and has looked about as sharp as you can look while catching passes from Mike Kafka with no defenders.
Riley Cooper, the player who’s reps would be most affected by the arrival of Burress, has also been in Jersey working out.
When asked what it is about Burress that would help the team, Avant kept it simple.
“You can always use a guy that’s as big as Burress”