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Inside Free Agency - Day 15: Donnie Avery

Posted Feb 24, 2013

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013

The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.

You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

DAY 15 of 30

Donnie Avery can flat out fly down the field and that trait is something that could likely intrigue many teams, who are looking for a wide receiver.


Name: Donnie Avery
Position: WR
Height: 5'11
Weight: 200
College: Houston
Born: June 12th, 1984 (Houston, Texas)
Age: 28
Experience: 5 years
Drafted: 2008, 2nd Round-33rd pick overall by the St. Louis Rams


Avery just completed his fifth NFL season, his first with the Indianapolis Colts. Here is his career stat line:

55 games (43 starts), 18 rushes, 108 yards, 1 TD, 163 receptions, 2,089 yards and 12 TDs


STRENGTHS:

Donnie Avery is a fast man. His 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash, puts him in elite company and able to take the top off of any defense.

During his first two seasons in St. Louis, Avery had a total of 17 receptions over 20 yards and five receptions over 40 yards. He had his best season this year in Indianapolis, finishing  with 60 receptions and 781 yards.

 
WEAKNESSES:


Dropped Footballs

Avery was targeted 25 times on throws aimed over 20 yards in the air (13th highest in the league); he caught six and dropped four.

Here's an interesting take from Khaled Elsayed of ESPN Insider:

“Indeed, drops were a huge problem for the unreliable Avery," Elsayed said.

"He led our drop rate signature stat for wideouts after dropping 12 of 72 catchable balls."

Injuries

In 2010, he missed the whole season to a knee injury and only played in eight games for the Titans in 2011.



FINAL TAKE:

Unreliable hands can easily lead to turnovers, but that problem can also be fixed. If Avery can strengthen his hands and continue improving other areas of his game, apart from injury, I see him as a bigger threat in 2013.

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