by Kevin Bowen
It was match that seemed too could to be true.
The Colts were looking for a receiver that could stretch the field and Donnie Avery wanted a fresh start to showcase his speed that made him the first receiver chosen in the 2008 NFL Draft.
That combination turned into a free agent signing for Avery and the Colts. Avery said the dedication by the Colts staff outweighed his other four suitors in ultimately deciding on Indianapolis.
“Chuck (Pagano), the head coach, he called me about four or five times and told me how he could get me back to my early years in the NFL, how I can look up to Reggie Wayne and the rest of the guys and how I can fit in the offense,” Avery said.
Avery entered the NFL in 2008 and caught a total of 100 passes in his first two seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
A preseason knee injury would sideline him for the entire 2010 season and Avery then played in eight games for the Tennessee Titans last season.
“This is a great start overcoming from the injury in 2010,” Avery said. “I feel like it is a great start with the organization, with the coaches, just feeling good about coaches that want me, that want me again.”
In getting back that speed, Avery worked with Olympic Track Coach Allan Powell during last season’s lockout and has seen the benefits.
“He got me back up to speed. Had me do a lot of long distance running,” Avery said. “When I saw long distance, I mean 100s and 200s at full speed to train myself, to train those fast-twitch nerves to get back working.”
One of the many reasons that sold Avery on playing in Indianapolis was a chance to learn from one of the franchise all-time leading receivers Reggie Wayne.
Avery, although not the most vocal person, said he won’t bother Wayne too much for advice but you can be assured he will be paying close to the Pro Bowl receiver’s every move.
“I just like to sit back and observe and pick up everything they do; how they carry themselves on the football field and how they recover from a drop or how they block or come out of their breaks and stuff. It is going to be awesome just getting a first-hand look at that.”
With new faces across the board on the Colts offense, Avery said he feels as though everyone will be on the same page as he looks to get back to the player he was in St. Louis.
“I feel like I am on level ground because of the new offensive coordinator coming in, you know, so everybody is learning the playbook at once,” Avery said. “Going into OTAs you get to build chemistry with the quarterbacks, you know that foot memory with running your routes.”
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