Last season DeVonta Smith was arguably the Eagles’ best weapon on offense. Now with the addition of A.J. Brown into the offense, not a lot of people are talking about DeVonta as much. After a stellar rookie year, Smith has high expectations coming to his second year.
DeVonta broke the Eagles’ rookie receiving record last season with 916 yards. He also added 5 touchdowns. The Eagles were the league’s most run-heavy team, so putting that into perspective, DeVonta had a very solid year for a number one receiver who wasn’t getting as many targets as he should.
The Eagles have clearly made it a priority to help Jalen Hurts improve as a passer, and become a more balanced offense. With DeVonta Smith now being covered by number two corners instead of number ones, he could be in for a very big year. Opposing defenses will look to stop Brown and Dallas Goedert, so DeVonta Smith will most likely be the defense’s third priority. DeVonta as a number two receiver is a nightmare for other teams. He made plenty of big plays last season for the Eagles and he’s now likely going to face weaker corners.
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As for what to expect, DeVonta will once again be one of the focal points of this Eagles offense. The talent around this offense is one of the best in the league. While DeVonta might not be the number one option or even the number two option, he is still one of the best players in this offense and can be a game-changer. There will be games where defenses have no answer for DeVonta. They’re going to have to pick their poison. It’s going to be very hard to stop both A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
Coming into year two DeVonta will look to capitalize off his stellar rookie year and once again be one of the Eagles’ best weapons. If Hurts develops as a passer and the Eagles move to a more pass-happy offense, then DeVonta could be in for huge numbers in year two.
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