DeVonta Smith

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #6
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #6
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DeVonta Smith News

Held to three catches

Smith (back) had three receptions (four targets) for 17 yards in Sunday's 29-21 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Jalen Hurts struggled from the pocket Sunday (204 yards, no touchdowns and one interception), resulting in quiet fantasy game for Smith. The 23-year-old was dealing with a minor back issue during practice this week, but he was cleared prior to kickoff and did not appear to be physically limited. Smith will look to bounce back next Sunday against an Arizona secondary that entered Week 4 allowing the third-most passing yards to opposing offenses.

Oct 2, 2022 2:56 PM EST


Full practice Thursday

Smith (back) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: After a limited session Wednesday due to a back issue, Smith handled every practice rep one day later, setting him up to serve as one of the Eagles' starting wide receivers alongside A.J. Brown on Sunday versus the Jaguars. While Smith was blanked on four targets in the season opener, he's since gathered in 15 of 19 targets for 249 yards and one touchdown over the last two games.

Sep 29, 2022 1:25 PM EST



Dealing with back issue

Smith was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a back injury.

Analysis: Smith may just be enduring some bumps and bruises from his breakout 8-169-1 performance on 12 targets during the Eagles' Week 3 win at Washington. Still, his status should be watched as the week continues to learn whether or not his availability is in question for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Sep 28, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Breakout game in Week 3

Smith caught eight passes for 169 yards and one touchdown on 12 targets against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: It might not be easy for Smith to post numbers like these on a consistent basis with A.J. Brown competing for targets, but Smith has proven his own abilities at this point and can be expected to do well with whatever usage he does draw going forward. After a dud box score in Week 1 (zero catches on four targets), Smith has 15 catches for 249 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets in the two games since.

Sep 25, 2022 1:41 PM EST


Back in the saddle in Week 2 win

Smith secured all seven targets for 80 yards in the Eagles' 24-7 win over the Vikings on Monday night.

Analysis: Smith had been shut out on the stat sheet in Week 1 against the Lions, which had led Jalen Hurts to promise the second-year speedster things would be different in short order. The Eagles' signal-caller more than made good on his promise Monday night, feeding Smith the second-most targets, which led to a team-high number of receptions. Smith's 11.4 yards per catch was a modest figure by his standards, but the solid performance had to have elicited a sigh of relief from his flummoxed fantasy managers. Smith's next opportunity to build on the resurgent effort comes in a Week 3 NFC East battle Sunday against a Commanders team that allowed 256 passing yards and four passing touchdowns to the Lions' Jared Goff in Week 2.

Sep 19, 2022 8:58 PM EST



Shockingly blanked in Week 1 win

Smith failed to bring in any of his four targets in the Eagles' 38-35 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: The speedster had a catch wiped out by penalty and ultimately didn't record an official reception for the first time in his young career. Ironically but perhaps not coincidentally, the closest Smith came to a shutout in his rookie campaign was against this same Lions squad back in last season's Week 8 meeting, so perhaps there is a schematic factor at play. Nevertheless, Smith is hardly a candidate to be sidelined much longer in the Eagles' air attack irrespective of the outsized presence of A.J. Brown, so a bounce-back effort could well be in store during a Week 2 home matchup against the Vikings on Monday night, Sept. 19.

Sep 11, 2022 3:18 PM EST


Not slated to play Saturday

Smith is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Dolphins with coach Nick Sirianni expected to sit Eagles starters, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Smith's next game action is slated to arrive Week 1 against the Lions on Sunday, Sept. 11. In his second season as a pro, the 2021 first-round pick is in line to see plenty of snaps and targets from quarterback Jalen Hurts while operating with fellow wideout A.J. Brown.

Aug 27, 2022 3:28 PM EST


Rested Sunday

Smith didn't suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Browns, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: The same applies to other key Philadelphia skill players Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders (hamstring), with Smith's next chance to suit up for preseason action set for this coming Saturday against the Dolphins.

Aug 21, 2022 10:13 AM EST


No setbacks with minor injury

Smith is practicing again Thursday and hasn't had any setbacks with the groin injury that limited him last week, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Smith returned to practice Thursday after missing the Eagles' preseason opener. He's seemingly on track for an appearance against the Browns this Sunday, though it hasn't been confirmed one way or the other and likely depends on the team's plan for starters in general.

Aug 18, 2022 12:08 PM EST


Returns to practice Sunday

Smith (groin) returned to practice Sunday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Smith picked up the groin injury late last week and was ultimately sidelined for the Eagles' preseason opener after missing a few practices in a row. However, as expected, the issue wasn't severe and the second-year wideout appears on track to suit up for Sunday's exhibition game against the Browns.

Aug 14, 2022 7:28 AM EST


Unlikely to play Friday

Smith (groin) isn't in line to play in Friday's preseason contest against the Jets, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Smith picked up a groin injury late last week and hasn't practiced in the interim. On Wednesday, coach Nick Sirianni termed Smith day-to-day, but the wide receiver hasn't made enough progress to be cleared for game action. With Smith on the sidelines, the Eagles' top options at wide receiver are A.J. Brown and Quez Watkins, with the likes of Zach Pascal and Jalen Reagor also on hand.

Aug 12, 2022 4:18 PM EST


Labeled day-to-day

Coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday that Smith (groin) is day-to-day, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Smith remains sidelined due to a minor groin injury, but he's managed to resume handling rehab work off to the side Wednesday. Sirianni also announced that the Eagles' starters will handle one or two series during Friday's preseason opener against the Jets, but it remains to be seen if Smith will be cleared to suit up in time for that contest. When deemed healthy, Smith will rejoin A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert as Jalen Hurts' top receiving options.

Aug 10, 2022 6:21 AM EST


Sits out with minor groin injury

Smith will be held out of Thursday's practice with a groin injury, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the injury doesn't appear serious, as Smith joined his teammates on the field for pre-practice stretching. It's the first report of any injury issue for Smith this year, following a rookie campaign in which he played all 17 games and barely missed any practice time during the regular season.

Aug 4, 2022 6:33 AM EST


Tops depth chart along with Brown

Following the recent NFL Draft, the Eagles' wide receiver depth chart will be topped by newcomer A.J. Brown along with Smith, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown, who the Eagles obtained from the Titans on the first night of the draft, is now slated to pair with Smith, who caught 64 of his 104 targets for 916 yards and five TDs in 17 games as a rookie after going 10th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, Brown adds a physical presence opposite Smith, who's listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds. The duo's fantasy upside hinges largely on how well they click with starting QB Jalen Hurts, but both Brown and Smith should at least see steady volume in 2022, given they clearly head a wideout corps that also rosters Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward.

May 6, 2022 11:53 AM EST


Gets big help in receiving corps

The Eagles hope Smith will be helped by the acquisition of A.J. Brown, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith is a smaller receiver at six feet, 170 pounds while Brown is much larger at 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, and coach Nick Sirianni views the duo as complementary to one another. Brown's addition to the receiver room should at the very least draw defensive focus from the 2021 first-round pick as well as create more opportunity for the whole offense by lengthening drives. Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward will likely now function mostly as afterthoughts in what was a run-first offense in 2021.

Apr 30, 2022 1:17 AM EST


Produces little with 11 targets

Smith recorded four receptions on 11 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 31-15 wild-card round loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Smith finished second on the team with 11 targets, but he averaged only 5.5 yards per look to turn in a disappointing performance. Though his final line was uninspiring, Smith did turn in a strong second half as he had only one reception on two targets through the first two quarters. Though it came in garbage time, Smith picked up chunk gains of 31 and 19 yards in the fourth quarter to account for the majority of his production. He'll now look toward his second season as a pro after turning in a solid rookie campaign that was highlighted by 61 catches, 916 yards and five touchdowns across 17 games.

Jan 16, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Sets rookie record

Smith caught three of four targets for 41 yards in Saturday's 51-26 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Smith was involved early on, enabling him to set the Eagles' rookie record for receiving yards in a season. The first-rounder's performance included a long grab of 25 yards on a heads-up play during Philadelphia's opening series, extending what became a touchdown drive. Fresh off his personal accomplishment, Smith will now set his sights on his first-career playoff appearance next weekend.

Jan 8, 2022 8:51 PM EST


Three catches in win

Smith caught three of his six targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Washington.

Analysis: Smith's first catch of the day accounted for most of his yards as he caught Jalen Hurts' first pass attempt of the game for a 30-yard pickup. The rookie was pretty quiet after that but was still able to lead all Philadelphia receivers in receiving yards once again, trailing only Dallas Goedert (71 yards) among all pass-catchers. Smith has a nice matchup on tap against the Cowboys in Week 18, but his playing time may be affected with both teams having clinched the playoffs already.

Jan 3, 2022 12:26 PM EST


Scores heavily scrutinized TD

Smith secured five of seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 34-10 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Smith paced the Eagles in receptions and receiving yardage, with his production in each category also serving as his best since Week 9. The rookie's four-yard scoring grab in the latter portion of the third quarter was also the subject of not one but two replays, with the latter review confirming the score after the first one seemed to nullify it. Smith is likely to play another prominent role in a key Week 17 road showdown against Washington.

Dec 26, 2021 3:42 PM EST


Three catches in win

Smith brought in three of five targets for 40 yards in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night.

Analysis: The speedster took a back seat in the air attack to tight end Dallas Goedert, who exploded for a season-high 135 receiving yards. Smith got 28 of his yards on one catch, but it was otherwise a quiet night for the talented rookie. Despite the untimely downturn Tuesday, Smith is still seemingly a poor candidate for a Week 16 benching on fantasy playoff rosters considering his home matchup against a Giants secondary that's played poorly on the road all season.

Dec 21, 2021 7:48 PM EST


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