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September 1, 2014, 3:07 pm

Avant says team is behind Vick

Jason Avant is a guy who knows how to find the open holes in the zone defense. Avant, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, has been a sure-handed receiver for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Avant will pick his spots on Sunday afternoon (FOX Channel 29, 1 p.m.) when the Eagles (3-2) host the Detroit Lions (1-3) at Lincoln Financial Field. The 6-foot, 212-pounder, will try to give the Eagles offense a boost. The team is averaging just 16 points a game.

“You have to be savvy when it comes to watch film and finding where the holes are,” Avant said. “I think that’s the biggest thing when it comes to the defense. If it’s a zone team, you can look at the safeties and see what they’re doing. When you already know where the weak spots are you try to get there before the defense gets there.”

Avant has 14 receptions for 162 yards. He averages 11.6 yards a catch. The Eagles have been able to move the ball up and down the field this season. Of course, the turnovers have really stopped them. Vick had a bad day handling the ball in the 16-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. He had four fumbles, two of those were recovered by the Steelers. Avant has confidence that Vick will do a better job of handling the football.

“When you look at some of the things like the one in the end zone,” Avant said. “He had both hands on the ball. It’s just one of those things. I believe that he’s an integral part of our team and if it’s being talked about and called out and those type of things. I’m pretty sure it’s going to give him more motivation to make sure that he’s protecting the football. We have total confidence in him.”

Avant feels there are a number of little things the Eagles can do to improve the passing game. Avant doesn’t believe the Eagles have to make a lot of spectacular plays. He just wants to do the things to help the team win.

“I believe there’s multiple different ways of winning the game,” Avant said. “We played against the Giants. We didn’t have many big plays, but we protected the football and were able to win the game at the end of the game. You want to be in position to win the game at the end of the game and that’s my biggest thing. I don’t really go out there and say, ‘Okay we need five big plays.’ That’s not what I’m about. As a team, we want to go out and put ourselves in position to win in the fourth quarter.”


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