Avant, 30, did not record a single catch in the first half but was heavily involved in the offense - as a blocker. There was a lot of room for the Eagles to run on Monday night and a lot of it had to do with the Eagles receivers.
The Eagles fourth drive of the game opened with a 16-yard LeSean McCoy first down to the outside. McCoy got the first down because Avant sealed off the cornerback allowing the former All-Pro to reach the next level. And, as sound of a play as that was, Avant was whistled for offensive pass interference on the next play as he began blocking too early on a screen pass to DeSean Jackson that took awhile to develop.
Avant got into the mix early in the second half as he was involved in McCoy's 34 yard touchdown run to open the scoring. As McCoy broke to the second level wide receiver Riley Cooper sealed off the outside defender when Avant came across on a gorgeous block to take away the inside defender and spring McCoy to the endzone.
It was in the fourth quarter that Avant's roller coaster of a game really reached its peaks and valleys. His first reception of the game came 1:20 into the fourth quarter where he was wrapped up for a six yard gain but fought for more yards and was blindsided by cornerback Josh Wilson. Wilson's hit jarred the football loose and the Redskins would recover at the Eagles 29 yard line. Philadelphia led 33-14 at this point but it started to get close.
Washington would score following the fumble to cut the lead to 33-20. With 4:44 remaining in the game and the Eagles facing a 3rd and 7 from their own 45 yard line, Michael Vick hit Avant out in the flat and Avant fought for a seven yard gain to move the chains for the Eagles first down as they were able to burn some more clock. It was a huge play and a crucial point in the game.
Later, with the Eagles up 33-27 and the Redskins trying an onsides kick, Avant had a chance to recover the football but was blasted by a Redskins defender. Luckily for Avant, linebacker Kason Knott fell on the ball to recover for the Eagles and ensure the victory.
Overall, Jason Avant had a roller coaster night in his first game under new head coach Chip Kelly. He caught two passes for 13 yards and a first down but had an almost-costly fumble in the fourth quarter. The normally consistent wide receiver will look to return to consistent form come Sunday in Philadelphia as they take on the Chargers.
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