When the Colts signed WR Donnie Avery this offseason, he was coming off a near-invisible eight-game stint with the Titans in 2011, and was no lock to make the 53-man roster.
But Avery, now two years removed from serious knee surgery, quickly began turning heads in camp and solidified a spot. When starter Austin Collie suffered another concussion in the second preseason game, Avery became a starter and he has yet to look back.
Our sources on the scene raved about Avery’s speed and separation skills in camp, saying he was again full bore and could be ready to contribute to the Colts.
His contributions early in the season have been significant, particularly given the fact Collie has yet to make his ’12 regular-season debut.
Avery led the Colts in targets (10), catches (nine) and receiving yards (111) in the Week Two win over the Vikings, and we hear he continues to gain the trust of QB Andrew Luck and the coaching staff.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said earlier this week that he is not surprised by Avery’s production, as it sometimes takes two full years for a player to make it all the way back mentally after a serious knee injury.
Avery appears to be back, and with Collie’s future uncertain, Avery could be poised for a career year in Indianapolis.