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Jason Avant cut by Carolina Panthers after criticizing coaching

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The Carolina Panthers have waived veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, the team announced Tuesday.

Avant joined the Panthers at the start of the season from the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the efforts to replace Steve Smith, who left for Baltimore. That obviously hasn't happened as he's been released, but now we know why he's been let go by Ron Rivera.

Criticizing Coach

The news comes days after Avant made comments that questioned the Panthers' play-calling during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

With less than two minutes remaining, the Panthers gained only four yards on three running plays to set up a game-winning 46-yard field goal.

Avant made some comments about the loss and pointed to the conservative play-calling down the stretch, when the Panthers played for a potential game-winning field goal, which was ultimately missed by Graham Gano.

Be More Aggressive

“I’ve been in the league a long time. I know two things. You never want to give a team a chance to win a game, with how much time was left on the clock. And asking a kicker to make a 50-yard field goal with the game on the line is rough sledding,” Avant said according to the Charlotte Observer.

“If that’s the only option, yes. But if it’s not, you want to get as close as you can and think score and play to score a touchdown. Because I’d rather the team have to score a touchdown to win the game than to have to kick a field goal. It’s just a lot different. It’s a 30-yard difference," Avant added.

So, after 201 yards and one touchdown in 11 games, the Jason Avant era in Carolina has come to a close with the Panthers 3-7-1. No one came out of this one a winner.

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