Donnie Avery never questioned whether or not he would return to his old form.
Taken as the first wide receiver in the 2008 NFL Draft, Avery caught just three balls the past two seasons after suffering an ACL injury in 2010.
After a touchdown in Week 1 and nine catches for 111 yards on Sunday against the Vikings, Avery now has proof that he can be that player.
“Every day I just told myself, ‘Work hard, work hard, work hard, and things will happen and open up,’ Avery said. “Like (Pagano) says all the time, ‘Just work the process and things will open up for you.’
Avery joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night’s Pagano Show.
He said that he had ‘no doubt’ that he would return to the player that had a total of 100 catches for 1,263 yards in his first two NFL seasons.
The 111-yard performance by Avery is the second highest in his five-year NFL career.
He made numerous catches in traffic against the Vikings and his effort included a 41-yard grab in the first quarter to set up a Dwayne Allen touchdown.
“We just were clicking, calling the right plays at the right time. I had opportunities to catch the ball and that’s what I did,” Avery said.
The Colts signed Avery on March 26 in hopes to see the sub-4.3 40-yard dash speed that he had early in his career.
Avery knows what got him to the NFL and his ability to stretch the field was something he keyed on during the offseason.
“Work on the biggest thing I have to bring which is speed,” Avery said of his offseason work. “Working on my speed, working on my hands and staying in the playbook.”
A hip point injury forced Avery to miss the first two preseason games this year but since returning, he has been a steady option for quarterback Andrew Luck.
At a time of uncertainty in his career, Avery has found an opportunity and a potential long-term home to showcase his skills.
“I’d like to thank (coach Pagano). He called me in the offseason and he told me that I would fit in well here so I believed him and got on board with him,” Avery said.
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