Last year with the Colts Avery had 60 receptions for 781 yards and four touchdowns. His 13.0 per yard average catching the ball is exactly what the doctor ordered in Kansas City.
The Chiefs offense as good as it might be based on their rushing attack alone and better play at quarterback, still needs receivers who can convert third downs into first downs. There is no question that Avery has that skill set but will he do that as a starter or a slot receiver?
We won't know that answer for another six weeks. But in coming to Kansas City he recognized in the early stages of free agency that he has a golden opportunity to become a mainstay in Andy Reid's new offense.
"Yes whatever my load is, I'm here to play. Coach came and got me for a reason. I'm just happy to be here," Avery said after Thursday's pre- camp practice.
Avery heads into the 2013 camp after suffering an ankle injury in KC's OTA sessions in May but he says he's ready to go now.
"Yes, I feel good," he told reporters." It's been nine or 10 weeks since the injury. I'm ok"
And when your blessed with great speed, you have to be 100%. If the Chiefs had deficiencies a year ago, they could not get the ball down the field to move large chunks of real estate at a time.
For Avery, that's his forte. In fact, some feel despite his solid per catch average, his strength is his ability to get his hands under a long pass.
The Chiefs certainly have other receiving options like Dexter McCluster and Devon Wiley. But Avery has some NFL Cache that should lead to a solid season in Kansas City.
That is of course if he can get on the same page with this new quarterback, Alex Smith. "He's a good quarterback. He throws good balls, and with the receivers, we just have to catch it and make something happen," Avery said. Let's hope for Reid and Company that Avery and the rest of his receivers feel the exact same way. And that's it's really just that simple.
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