Sunday, February 14, 2016

Avant's streak over (maybe), plus other morning practice notes

Stop the presses: a pass to Avant hits the ground, other morning practice notes.

Avant's streak over (maybe), plus other morning practice notes

Joselio Hanson, left, breaks up a pass to Jason Avant during morning pratice. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Joselio Hanson, left, breaks up a pass to Jason Avant during morning pratice. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- It finally happened: a pass touched Jason Avant's hands and ended up on the grass here at Lehigh.

It was a short throw over the middle from Kevin Kolb. Avant got two hands to it, but cornerback Joselio Hanson poked it loose.

Most reporters thought it was a drop -- and the end of a remarkable no-drop record Avant had put together in training camp. At one point last week offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Avant had caught around 80 passes in competitive drills (seven-on-seven and full team) without a drop.

Avant, with a smile, insisted that it was not a drop. "I caught it and he poked it out. It was a fumble," he said.

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Avant said he was not concerned with the streak.

"I don't think about that stuff. Marty came up with it, and I wish he had never said it," Avant said with typical modesty. He said he just wanted to focus on winning games.

Other notes from the morning practice:

-- The offense still looked bad in the red zone. The first team offense did not score in red zone drills against the first team defense. Brent Celek had a pass in his hands in the end zone but couldn't hold it on a play that looked similar to one from Friday's game.

-- Stewart Bradley leaped at the line of scrimmage to knock down a Kevin Kolb pass to an open Clay Harbor. Harbor continued to get work with the first team offense in two tight end sets. Head coach Andy Reid praised Harbor's work ethic. He said Cornelius Ingram's calf remains tender, but Ingram clearly has fallen behind in the competition for the second tight end spot.

-- Safety Kurt Coleman, who showed strong tackling skills Friday night, snuffed out an end around to Chad Hall. He was one-on-one with the elusive receiver, but wrapped him up around the waist before letting go because it was not a full-tackling drill.

-- Trent Cole said the defense is eager for more action after playing just six snaps Friday. "I was pretty hungry," he said, adding that he can speak for the entire defense in that regard.

-- Asked if he might use the Wildcat formation less this year to help avoid potential injuries to Mike Vick, now the number two quarterback, Reid said, "not at all.

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