Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) catches a touchdown pass against San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Donnie Avery

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The 2014 NFL draft came and went and with that, the so did the chance for the Kansas City Chiefs to draft a wide receiver.

Why? Good question.

From the sounds of it, the Chiefs are content with the guys they have in-house. They traded Jon Baldwin to the Niners for A.J. Jenkins who does have some upside. They have Dwayne Bowe who, when he wants to, can be a legit number one target. They also acquired Weston Dressler from the CFL this past off-season and they have Donnie Avery.

Today, I wanted to focus on Donnie Avery as our player profile. The hot topic seems to be about the Chiefs receiving corp and the lack of production that has come from the position and Avery is they guy who needs to be replaced, right?

First, How did he get here?:

Avery was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL draft and was the first receiver taken in that class. His rookie season would be his best, as he caught 57 passes for 673 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 1 score as well. Avery played well enough to earn The Caroll Rosenbloom award which is given to the teams rookie of the year.

In 2009, he saw a bit of lapse in production but still managed to catch a career high in touchdowns with 5. It all took a turn for Donnie during the pre season of 2010. He tore his ACL and had to miss the entire season. The Rams decided to cut him in September of 2011.

He was quickly signed by the Tennessee Titans where he only played in 8 games and caught one touchdown. Again, Avery was released after the season and picked up by the Indianapolis Colts. It’s in Indy where Avery saw career highs in a lot of categories including catches (60), yards (781), and games with 100+ yards receiving (2). He also caught Andrew Lucks first career touchdown, for what that’s worth.

(Stats via NFL.com)

After being released again, he found his way to Kansas City.

A Look At His 2013 Stats:

Avery started in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season but, only managed to catch 40 passes. He averaged near the bottom in yards (596) and touchdowns (2). Where Avery’s best production get’s over looked was in his yards per catch average. For the season, he averaged 14.9 yards per play which was better than names like A.J. Green and Eric Decker.

Now, I’m not saying he’s anywhere near the talent of those two. He just simply isn’t. But what I am saying is that he can be a legitimate deep threat for this offense.

His speed really flashed against Philly on Thursday Night Football. It was Avery’s best game as he caught 7 passes for 141 yards and averaged 20.1 yards per catch. He stepped up big on that night.

He also showed the ability to go deep against San Diego and Indy during the play off game. Against the Chargers, Avery caught a beautiful 32 yard touchdown and another 79 yard bomb against the Colts.

Overall Thought:

While better production could come from his position, Avery deserves a second season in Kansas City. That doesn’t mean he’ll get it, because I do think A.J. Jenkins will challenge him for that spot. Partner that with the Dressler signing and the selection of De’Anthony Thomas and there could be someone not making the cut.

Lets see what Avery can do with another year under his belt in Andy Reid’s offense. He’s only stayed with one team (the Rams) for two consecutive season so perhaps some stability could go a long way for his production.

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  • Calchiefsfan

    The thing about Avery was his drops on crucial third down plays. If he can get that under control then he could be a legit #2. Otherwise he’s destined to keep bouncing around the league. This year will be a big year for him career wise. I hope he puts it all together and has a fantastic year.

    • Josh Michaels

      Agreed, I meant to mention that

      • Calchiefsfan

        Yeah those drops have to stop. He’s bounced around so much it’s hard to get in sync with a QB under those circumstances. Maybe another year with Smith will help with that. I haven’t looked to see if drops were a problem in college for him. I know it’s been an issue in the pros.

  • Blake Molina

    I think this will be the telling year for Jenkins, if he can come into his own, he’s yet another home run threat (of which we haven’t seen much until recently), and become an extremely valuable piece to the offense. Conversely, I can see him having (another) quiet year, but I’ll give him a pass for having to pick up the offense on the run.
    I think if Kelce emerges, they’ll compliment each other in the middle of the field.

    • Jim Harper

      Agreed

  • cyberry

    Drops where a major problem.. I want to stress, I’m not making excuses for him. I hoping the most of the problem was a mixture of new team, new quarterback and new system that it was the main reason for the distractions and that an year, an off season that he takes a big step forward..

  • Jim Harper

    There has never been any question over Avery’s speed. It is the drops that are so maddening. If he can improve there he may make the squad.