There are numerous stories out there about Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery running a 4.4 40, which we discussed here several weeks ago the first time he did it. Many of these reports seem pretty confident that Avery is ready to play a major role in the offense next season, but color me skeptical. Obviously, I’m not the biggest Avery fan in the world, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. But what has Avery done during his career to make us believe he can be a big-time player? He had a couple nice performances a couple of years ago, but he has spent more time on the training table than he has catching touchdowns. Is the 4.4 impressive? Absolutely. I bet the Raiders would kill to have Avery on their roster. But as the follies of Al Davis and Co. have taught us over the past several years, speed isn’t the only indicator of a great player.
I’m not saying that Avery can’t do it, because he has shown flashes that he can. I think the talent is there, but how many times are we going to get excited about this guy heading into a season just do be disappointed? I think he’s going to have to prove to me he can stay on the field and be effective before I can sign off on relying on him on offense.