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Eagles WR Jason Avant Worked at Safety

May 18, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT


Fans expected the unexpected when Chip Kelly became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Chipper is already delivering.

TE Clay Harbor’s future with this team became a bit cloudy once the they signed James Casey a few weeks ago, so it’s not overly surprising that the team has tinkered with him at a new position (OLB) on the other side of the ball where they could find themselves thin if an injury occurs. Intriguing and a bit unexpected.

What I found even more surprising was sure-handed veteran receiver Jason Avant working at safety. CSN’s Geoff Mosher has more on the two players working at different positions. Both are quick to point out they are still offensive guys, however, and are just trying new things per the coach’s request. On Avant:

Avant’s role was already in question given Kelly’s emphasis on tight ends and the spread offense. Avant has primarily played the inside receiver throughout his career, the spot where tight ends usually line up in spread offenses, along with being a key part of special teams. Avant has the best hands among the receivers and makes the toughest catches but doesn’t have high-end speed, which is why he was perfect for the slot in Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.

Who knows how any of this experimentation ends up working out, but it’s just another day in the coaching life of a Chip Kelly team apparently.

How sick would a few interceptions like this be?

>>Clay Harbor, Jason Avant working on defense for the Eagles [CSN]

  1. 33 - May 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Fill the LB void with a TE, safety with a slot WR. It’s funny that we’re willing to accept this from Kelly (I count myself in ‘we’), but had the torches and pitchforks ready whenever Reid went unconventional.

    • Bender - May 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      When did Reid go unconventional? Like ever?

      • hitnrun - May 18, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Most NFL people would call throwing the ball 70 times again to be pretty unconventional, especially when you have great running backs and mediocre quarterbacks. The same thing with drafting a 26-year-old fireman, drafting numerous 3-4 LBs to be “high motor” 4-3 DLs, picking your O-Line coach to be your Defensive Coordinator, putting your D-Line coach in charge of your defensive coordinator, etc.

        On the other hand, when your erratic stupidity takes on its own kind of bleak pattern, that becomes kind of convention.

        Plus, Reid actually meant his fixes to produce results. Kelly is clearly just trying to avoid having to cut talented players he doesn’t have room for.

      • Getting Nervous - May 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Reid was the king of the trick play or unexpected onside kick.

        I just want the Eagles to turn themselves into the Giants or Steelers meat and potatoes boringness and win a freaking Superbowl!

      • psudrozz - May 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        onside kick on the road, opening day at the cowboys jumps to mind.

    • locustst - May 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      agreed, however i think they are slightly different cases. kelly is attempting to keep guys on the squad who, barring a change in position, might be released. and maybe it works out; who knows.

      for reid, unconventional meant playing it cute: starting a season without a punt returner, drafting undersized guys from off-brand schools, the castillo debacle. if i’m a player i’m considerably more on board with kelly’s breaks from tradition than reid’s.

      • Bender - May 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Ok….unconventional = being dumb and myopic? I guess thats pretty unconventional.

  2. Crispy - May 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    What’s Chips next move… red shirt Ertz? You cant just move a WR to safety, this is the NFL. This coach is harry high school.

    • hitnrun - May 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      What it probably means is that these two players are going to be cut, not that they’re part of the next Eagles’ Superbowl defense. Which is a shame in Avant’s case.

  3. psudrozz - May 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM



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