When wide receiver Donnie Avery became a free agent following last season he was not only looking for the right fit for him, but a team that wanted his talents as well.
Avery is known as a speed receiving threat and his ability to stretch the defense intrigued the Colts staff who were looking to fill a need at the wide receiver position.
Injury free and back in a role that will be counted on during the regular season, Avery feels as though this has been the best training camp he has had in his four-year NFL career.
“I’ve been fresher. I’m bigger as a receiver. I’m knowledgeable. I’m just out here having fun now,” Avery said following Friday morning’s walk-through.
Part of the reason Avery feels as though this has been his best camp is learning under the tutelage of fellow wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill and T.Y. Hilton are frequently thought of as the ones hounding Wayne for questions about life in the NFL, but even Avery admitted that he has chatted with the Pro Bowler about becoming a more complete receiver.
“It’s really important because like I said he’s been here for a lot of years and he’s been to Super Bowls,” Avery said of Wayne. “He’s been to numerous training camps so he knows what it takes to excel when you feel like you hit your wall.”
During Avery’s first two seasons in the NFL he caught 53 and 47 passes respectively for the St. Louis Rams including leading the team in receiving during the 2009 campaign.
In 2010, he suffered an unfortunate knee injury, and played in just eight games last year with Tennessee.
Now, Avery feels like the same player who was the first receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has shown off his 4.27, 40-yard dash speed he ran in his pro day at Houston that year.
The speed that Avery and the fellow rookies have brought to the offense has caught the eye of Wayne and even sparked an interest in a potential race between the trio in the near future.
“We have some burners. That’s something we really haven’t had in the past. We’ve had one here, two there, but we have quite a few of them right now. It’s good to see those guys actually go out there and run. Guys are out there just acting like they’re in the Olympics,” Wayne said.
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