Darius Slay giving DeVonta Smith “little tips” on how to attack corners

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The Eagles may have drafted receiver Devonta Smith with the 10th pick, but he still has plenty to learn.

Cornerback Darius Slay is helping the rookie speed up the process.

Slay has been working with Smith after the Eagles OTA practices to help advance his game. Slay told reporters on Wednesday that they’ve discussed technique and what the veteran corner has learned from facing receivers over the years.

“I’m one of the premier corners in this game, been for a long time, I just want to give him little tips,” Slay said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I want him to be the best he can possibly be, him and [receiver Greg Ward]. Anything they ask me, I’ll never hide information from them. My goal is to get them better and my goal is to get me better.

“We’re out there talking good ball, man, just trying to find a way to get each other better and be great for this Eagles team. He’s got a lot of upside, man. I’m looking forward to seeing both of them this year doing dangerous things. I’m very excited.”

Smith gave plenty of college cornerbacks fits, particularly in 2020 when he caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns, winning the Heisman Trophy. Smith would likely be dangerous as a pro regardless, but Slay’s tutelage could make Smith even better prepared for competition in Week One.

7 responses to “Darius Slay giving DeVonta Smith “little tips” on how to attack corners

  1. Typical big talk Slay . As of December 2020 he was PFF’s 75th ranked CB . He was also leading all NFL CBs in most yards allowed. That’s about as far from being a premier CB as possible , lol.

  2. Eagles fans downvote all you want but your GM got totally fleeced by Bob Quinn , yes that Bob Quinn , let that sink in for a minute , lol . Not only did he get fleeced by Quinn but just like he did with Wentz he compounded his boneheaded decision by signing Slay to a big money contract. Cue the circus music , lol .

  3. Darius Slay, Pro-Bowler in 3 of the last 4 seasons, named First Team All Pro, 2017, gives tips to rookie receiver: Applause.

    Darius Slay, Pro-Bowler in 3 of the last 4 seasons, named First Team All Pro, 2017, gives tips to rookie receiver while referring to himself as “premier” receiver: How dare he???

  4. shurmanblog says:
    May 27, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    Eagles fans downvote all you want but your GM got totally fleeced by Bob Quinn , yes that Bob Quinn , let that sink in for a minute , lol . Not only did he get fleeced by Quinn but just like he did with Wentz he compounded his boneheaded decision by signing Slay to a big money contract. Cue the circus music , lol .

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    The Eagles gave Detroit a 2020 3rd and a 5th for a guy who had just finished his fourth pro-bowl season in a row.

    At the time, they were badly in need of CB, had just made the playoffs with Wentz playing out of his mind to get them there, carrying the team on his back during the stretch run and. They almost beat Seattle despite Wentz’s concussion early in the game. It looked for all the world like they were a few pieces away from nudging themselves back into serious contention. Nobody can blame them for making that deal.

    And they didn’t really suffer for the loss of those two picks. In this year’s draft, they wound up picking *nine times.* And in next year’s draft, they have *ten picks.*

    The Lions, on the other hand, had *six* total picks in 2021.

    How any of this amounts to a fleecing of the Eagles by the Lions is beyond me.

  5. therealtrenches says:
    May 28, 2021 at 8:23 am
    shurmanblog says:
    May 27, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    Eagles fans downvote all you want but your GM got totally fleeced by Bob Quinn , yes that Bob Quinn , let that sink in for a minute , lol . Not only did he get fleeced by Quinn but just like he did with Wentz he compounded his boneheaded decision by signing Slay to a big money contract. Cue the circus music , lol .

    ———–

    The Eagles gave Detroit a 2020 3rd and a 5th for a guy who had just finished his fourth pro-bowl season in a row.

    At the time, they were badly in need of CB, had just made the playoffs with Wentz playing out of his mind to get them there, carrying the team on his back during the stretch run and. They almost beat Seattle despite Wentz’s concussion early in the game. It looked for all the world like they were a few pieces away from nudging themselves back into serious contention. Nobody can blame them for making that deal.

    And they didn’t really suffer for the loss of those two picks. In this year’s draft, they wound up picking *nine times.* And in next year’s draft, they have *ten picks.*

    The Lions, on the other hand, had *six* total picks in 2021.

    How any of this amounts to a fleecing of the Eagles by the Lions is beyond me.
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    Ask anybody in the NFL would you rather have the draft picks the Lions received or Slay and his big contract thinking the answer would be unanimous , the draft picks . When you overpay in trade value for a player who was clearly heading downhill as his performance in Philadelphia has proved thinking that’s the definition of getting fleeced . Any competent GM knows the correct way to evaluate a players trade value or contract value is look at what his value is going forward not what he did 2 or 3 years ago . Based on this trade and contract along with all his other blunders Roseman is the complete opposite of a competent GM .

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