DeVonta Smith: It feels like old times with Jalen Hurts

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Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said on Monday that wide receiver Devonta Smith “impressed early on” in his time with the team and that he thinks the first-round pick will “do tremendous things this year.”

Smith’s smooth transition to the NFL and his prospects of reaching Johnson’s expectations may be helped by his prior relationship with quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Before OTAs, Smith said “just because we had that connection in college doesn’t mean that it’s the same now” in reference to their shared history at Alabama. Now that they’ve worked together again, Smith told reporters from a football camp on Monday that rekindling old sparks has turned out to be a big positive for him.

“It’s great to have that connection come back,” Smith said, via John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It just feels like old times. Like back in college.”

Smith also told reporters that his plan is to be the guy for the Eagles in the passing game and continuing to draw on his connection to Hurts would be a good way to make that happen.

5 responses to “DeVonta Smith: It feels like old times with Jalen Hurts

  1. I hope they both flourish and become potential HOF career contenders. America filled with too much hate for both these guys.
    Let the kids play people!

  2. After watching Devonta Smith’s tape he reminds me of a smooth slim Paul Warfield. Not only does Devonta Smith have the speed but he is an silky smooth route runner with long, loose strides. He has the ability for a speedy strider to quickly sink and break sharply in and out of his routes. Cornerbacks that were highly rated/most talented struggle to keep him close throughout routes. Smith will have to get stronger because big corners forced against the sideline on outside release.

  3. clk55amg36 says:
    July 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    After watching Devonta Smith’s tape he reminds me of a smooth slim Paul Warfield. Not only does Devonta Smith have the speed but he is an silky smooth route runner with long, loose strides. He has the ability for a speedy strider to quickly sink and break sharply in and out of his routes. Cornerbacks that were highly rated/most talented struggle to keep him close throughout routes. Smith will have to get stronger because big corners forced against the sideline on outside release.

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    Hopefully his body holds up. He weighs about 175 soaking wet.

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