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Now more than ever, the Philadelphia Eagles could use any extra help in regards to the young receiving core. Due to these global circumstances, that young receiving core won’t be getting nearly as much live reps as you would want.
The Eagles departed with both Mike Groh and Carson Walsh this past offseason. This was a move many Eagles fans were asking for. Aaron Moorehead was then brought in this offseason to help with the young receivers.
However, former fan favorite; Jason Avant has just committed to helping these young receivers as well. Avant will be working with the wide receivers this summer and moving forward as part of the league’s Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Fellowship.
Jason Avant had this to say,
“I was a coach when I played. I was the coach in the receivers room,” Avant said. “I approached the Eagles a few months ago and, at the time, they didn’t know what Training Camp was going to look like. Then Doug (Pederson, head coach) and Howie (Roseman, executive vice president/general manager), along with Aaron Moorehead (wide receivers coach) gave me the go-ahead and here I am.”
“We’ve got some great veterans here and we have three young draft picks, Jalen (Reagor), John (Hightower), and Quez (Watkins), and I’m going to do anything I can to help them develop their games. It’s just not about speed and movement, and they have plenty of that talent. How can I help them get off the press? How can I assist Aaron with his program? I have known Aaron since he was a host when I went on a recruiting trip to Illinois back in the day. I went to Michigan, but I’ve known Aaron for a long time, and he’s a great coach.”
Obviously, it’s pretty intriguing to see what Avant can do with some of the young speedy receivers on the roster; but Avant was known as a more technical receiver that relied on good footwork rather than athleticism. Those attributes could do wonders for a guy like JJ Arcega-Whiteside for example.
Jason Avant is a very well respected and loved figure in the Philadelphia area. This is a great move for the Eagles locker room and the young receiving core more specifically.