DeVonta Smith makes debut for Eagles, serves as lone bright spot for offense minus Jalen Hurts

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The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t get to see DeVonta Smith catch passes from Jalen Hurts in his preseason launching, the only regrettable part of a night where the pass receiver looked well beyond his years. Smith was the intense area in an anemic efficiency by the Eagles offense in the very first half, one which most of the snaps were taken by second-team gamers. Hurts was a late scratch due to a non-COVID health problem.

The forecasted beginning pass receivers took all of the first-half snaps for the Eagles — Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins. Smith completed with simply 2 catches for 19 backyards, however his route-running was crisp on each of his 4 targets. The ruling Heisman Trophy winner had the ability to produce separation with ease and got himself open when the ball was coming his method. 

Smith’s very first catch in the NFL opted for simply 9 backyards, however the drawback path he ran looked comparable to prime Isaac Bruce with the St. Louis Rams. Joe Flacco discovered Smith on a first-and-10, turning a 5-yard gain into 9.

Later in the 2nd quarter, Flacco discovered Smith for a 10-yard gain on third-and-4 in the flat that moved the chains, which was another sleek path by the novice versus New England Patriots cornerback Michael Jackson. 

Smith seemed running a slant initially prior to altering instructions and heading to the flat, assisting Flacco discover him quickly. The press protection from Jackson didn’t matter as Smith quickly acquired separation and got the very first down. Smith likewise got open on his very first target of the night, however Flacco provided late leading to an incompletion.

Eagles pass receivers were targeted 8 times in the very first half, however Smith was the only one to make an effect. The numbers for Smith, Reagor, and Watkins most likely would have been much better with Hurts at quarterback and a first-team offending line — which the Eagles do not appear prepared to reveal till the season opener versus the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 12.

Smith capturing passes from Hurts in the 2nd preseason video game would have been perfect, however the novice kipped down an excellent efficiency in his launching. Not bad for a gamer noted as “week to week” with a sprained MCL simply a week earlier. 

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