WR Jason Avant simply came out of nowhere in 2009 and emerged as the Eagles' third receiving option.
Jason is not the fastest man on the Eagles squad, but it is debatable whether or not he has the best hands on the team—if not in the entire league.
In 2009 Avant was in the mix to get some real playing time and he made the most out of it. He is a fearless receiver who will make spectacular diving catches, and who will bobble the ball after it bounces off of a defender only to notch a touchdown (as seen in the picture).
Not only that, but if it's 3rd-and-long, opposing defenses better know where Avant is, because even if he catches the ball before the first down marker, you better believe he has a better chance of getting that first than they do stopping him.
Out of 37 career third-down catches, Avant has converted 32 of them for first downs, which include a 3rd-and-24 against the Giants in 2009, when Jason caught the ball for about a 17-yard gain and then fought for the remaining yards.
When Avant was asked about his ability to make plays in the slot he had this to say:
"Its called taxing. You go over the middle, you're going to have to pay a tax. You can do business there, but you are going to get taxed. That tax is getting hit. You get used to it"
I did say he was a fearless receiver, right? He knows he is going to get "taxed" by some of the leagues best defensive backs and it doesn't phase him a bit. Having Avant as the Eagles' third receiving option gives the Eagles the best trio in the league hands down.
In 2009 Avant posted 41 catches for 587 yards and three touchdowns as the third receiver. Those are promising numbers for a guy who isn't a starter, and Avant is clearly the best option in the slot for the Eagles, which is why they extended him.