Last week, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith made an appearance on the I Am Athlete podcast and made one hell of a claim. He said he’s “definitely” one of the NFL’s top ten wide receivers.
In his first two seasons, Smith has 159 reception for 2,112 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Last season, he had 95 catches for 1,196 yards and 7 touchdowns, as he helped the NFC’s top-seeded Eagles to the Super Bowl.
Smith was the Eagles 2021 first-round draft pick. In his rookie season, he tallied just under 1,000 receiving yards. He set the franchise record for receiving yards by a first-year player, breaking a mark set by DeSean Jackson.
Smith is a Pro Bowl caliber player already as he enters Year 3 in the NFL. He says there’s still room for growth and he wants to learn everything he can about how to play in the NFL.
“The mental side of the game,” Smith said. “Continue to get mentally sharp in my preparation and going out there and play so I can see things faster.”
“Recognition of the defenses,” Smith said. “Teams change every year. A lot of coordinators change and things like that. Teams that you may have played in the past aren’t running the same scheme and things like that.”
The 24 year-old Smith was a Heisman Trophy at Alabama. He came into the NFL as a refined route runner.
It will be exciting to see the progress that Smith makes this year. I believe that the sky’s the limit for the “Slim Reaper.”
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Photo courtsey of AL.com