DeVonta Smith‘s first (unofficial) catch in the NFL is in the books.
The 2020 Heisman winner didn’t play in the Eagles‘ first preseason game because of an injury, but he saw action against the New England Patriots Thursday night. He came up empty-handed during the first few Philly possessions before making an impact in the second quarter.
Early in the second quarterback, Smith got separation on his defender thanks to a nice outside-in release. He then broke his route in, finding a soft spot in the Patriots’ zone defense, before catching a bullet from veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. Smith then used his speed to get around a defender and pick up a few yards after the catch.
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This is just a small snippet of what DeVonta Smith brings to the table. Let’s hope this is just the start of what turns out to be a special rookie season for the former Alabama superstar.
Smith’s weight has been a concern from the moment the Eagles took him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It certainly didn’t pose any issues during his playing days with the Crimson Tide playing against SEC foes. It’ll be interesting to see how his skill-set translates to the NFL level. If anything, Smith’s blazing speed should prove to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
Tune into NFL Network right now to catch the rest of Smith’s NFL preseason debut.