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|The Eagles were in dire need of playmakers in the passing game, which made them a perfect fit for reigning Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of the University of Alabama.
Smith was a revelation for the Crimson Tide in 2020, with 1856 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns in just 13 games. He can play inside and out, with elite route-running skills and above-average breakaway speed.
Don't be surprised to see him start off slowly like most rookie wide receivers do when getting acclimated to the speed of the NFL. However, he has the skill set to be this year's Justin Jefferson and should lead the WR corps in targets and catches.
One benefit that Smith has over other rookie wide receivers not named Ja'Marr Chase is the fact that he already has a rapport with Hurts, with both players playing for the Crimson tide in 2018.
| DeVonta Smith expected to participate in team drills today|
WR has missed time with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 17, 9:44 am
|Nick Sirianni: DeVonta Smith will do some team reps today. #Eagles (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith has missed a good chunk of training camp with a MCL injury. Originally injured on August 2nd, it was estimated that Smith would return in 2-3 weeks. He'll likely be eased in to practice this week. It's unclear at this time if Smith will play in the Eagles second preseason game on Sunday against the 49ers.
| DeVonta Smith week-to-week with knee sprain|
Team not overly concerned
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 2, 10:14 am
|DeVonta Smith has a knee sprain and is listed as week-to-week, #Eagles said. Team not overly concerned. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Historically, it's never been a good thing for rookie wide receivers to miss a big chunk of training camp. Despite the Eagles saying they're not overly concerned, this isn't a good situation for Smith's outlook in 2021. Smith's ADP should fall in the coming days.