Thursday, September 20, 2012
Colts already feeling Avery is a 'diamond'
By Paul Kuharsky
Through two games, without expected No. 2 receiver Austin Collie in the lineup, the Colts have gotten a nice contribution from Donnie Avery.
I’ll admit I expected very little from him after I watched the Titans bring him in last season when Kenny Britt went down. They got next to nothing from him.
He was a reasonable signing for Ryan Grigson with the Colts as a reclamation long-shot.
He’s got 12 catches for 148 yards and a score, totals that top everyone in the division except teammate Reggie Wayne.
“I loved Donnie coming out,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told local media. “I had him rated as the highest receiver coming out of the draft that year. Sometimes hard luck hits a guy, injuries, he’s not in the right system, but ever since he’s been here, his confidence has grown, his speed is back, he’s healthy. It hasn’t been a surprise to me. It might be a surprise to him. I think the sky is the limit for this guy. He’s still young. I think we’ve got a diamond.”
Avery said he always remained confident he’d get back to form.
He contributed to the Rams in his first two seasons before missing his third year hurt and getting released before his fourth, when the Titans wound up picking him up.
“I knew it would come,” Avery said. “Sometimes it got frustrating after the ACL injury, but you got to tell yourself keep on pushing.”
Is he back to form, and can he give the Colts a full season?
If so, Grigson will get even more credit for having the vision to grab him.
I tend to think Indianapolis will be in good shape if Avery and Collie can combine to produce combined numbers that would amount to good production from a No. 2 receiver.
More than that and they’ll really be doing something.