DeVonta Smith says his knee feels good after preseason debut

NFL: AUG 19 Preseason - Patriots at Eagles
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Eagles rookie receiver Devonta Smith made his preseason debut on Thursday night after missing the first preseason game with a knee injury, and he said the knee held up well to live game action.

I think I’m right on schedule,” Smith said. “I felt good. I just kept attacking rehab. Right now, I’m feeling good.”

For the Eagles, there wasn’t a lot to feel good about in a 35-0 loss to the Patriots. Smith had two catches for 19 yards but admitted there were a couple of other catches he should have made.

“I know what I did wrong,” Smith said. “I gotta focus on catching the ball. I mean, that’s all it is. Just taking my eyes away too early. I mean, there’s nothing else to it. Those are plays I’ve gotta make.”

The Eagles selected Smith, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, with the 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. They have very high hopes that he’ll make the plays he has to make.

19 responses to “DeVonta Smith says his knee feels good after preseason debut

  1. Watching for those big hits…can’t blame him…he simply doesn’t have an NFL body…and in the NFL…he has normal athleticism insteada having elite athleticism in college…

    Chip Kelly is gone…but it’s like he’s still drafting for the Iggles…

  2. Not sure if anyone is noticing but New England looks pretty good. I know it’s just couple of preseason games in but they have a good tiers of QBs, running backs and a good defense… it will be interesting matchup between NE and Tom Brady and Tampa this year ….

  3. DeVonta demonstrated his elite footwork and ability to get off the LOS against press man coverage, he got separation consistently all night long. Smith hadn’t worked with Flacco in practice so there was an adjustment period. Smith was playing in his first game since January and had just returned to practice, after he knocked some of the rust off he was fine. DeVonta Smith has elite skills, he’ll be fine..glad he’s an Eagle!

  4. aglehaslanded !!! says:
    August 20, 2021 at 10:26 am
    DeVonta demonstrated his elite footwork and ability to get off the LOS against press man coverage, he got separation consistently all night long. Smith hadn’t worked with Flacco in practice so there was an adjustment period. Smith was playing in his first game since January and had just returned to practice, after he knocked some of the rust off he was fine. DeVonta Smith has elite skills, he’ll be fine..glad he’s an Eagle!

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    Umm, did you watch the game? He did nothing of what you just said.

  5. Bro, maybe our receivers have been that bad but the way this guy looked was amazing to me. He naturally looked like he knows how to avoid hits which is big, the way he got separation sometimes looked so easy and his speed reminded me of DeSean so effortless. I think we hit big on this one and I actually think he will stay healthy…let’s see, go birds

  6. bigeee says:

    August 20, 2021 at 9:25 am

    This kid will be fine. He was the best player in College Football last season.—–doesn’t mean a thing. Tim Tebow was one of the greatest college qbs ever. Doesn’t always project to the pro level

  7. I wouldn’t think too much of his drops – probably should’ve had them, but they were all poor throws and he doesn’t have any history of drop issues whatsoever. I was looking more at his separation, which looked outstanding. He will be fine.

  8. touchback6 says:
    August 20, 2021 at 11:14 am
    aglehaslanded !!! says:
    August 20, 2021 at 10:26 am
    DeVonta demonstrated his elite footwork and ability to get off the LOS against press man coverage, he got separation consistently all night long. Smith hadn’t worked with Flacco in practice so there was an adjustment period. Smith was playing in his first game since January and had just returned to practice, after he knocked some of the rust off he was fine. DeVonta Smith has elite skills, he’ll be fine..glad he’s an Eagle!

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    Umm, did you watch the game? He did nothing of what you just said
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    He sure did get separation. And against the pats starters. Patriots did very little against the eagles during 11 on 11 while they were scrimmaging this week. Probably a big reason why siriani didn’t need to evaluate the starting offensive and defensive lines so he benched them this game. Cam had little success vs eagles starters in practice, but hey, he sure looked good vs 3rd string d-line with all that time to throw. I guess Bill was getting a lot of evaluation on his players by watching winovich and those guys bringing heavy blitzes against 3rd string o-line in the 2nd half lol. I get it, and I have no problem with that, but it’s funny reading comments on here about how good new England has looked this preseason. I WILL say that cams arm strength looked good though.

  9. raiderhatersarepatheticlosers says:
    August 20, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    Eagles fans are so delusional
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    Haa! Bro I live in Northern California surrounded by plenty of raider fans. Your team has made the playoffs like what, once in the last 19 years? And every year you guys get your hopes up and think you can hang with the chiefs lol or even crack the wildcard. But yea, WE’RE the delusional fan base here.

  10. I just went and watched and none of these comments make sense. From what I see the Eagles need a Quarterback that can throw the ball. Devonta was trying to catch the worst throws I have ever seen. Why isn’t anyone bashing Flacco!?!

  11. Not sure if we’ll ever see what he can truly be. It’s not like the team has a QB room to write home about. I like Jalen Hurts as a competitor. He proved it in college. Problem is looking to run first in college is a gateway to success. The NFL? Not so much. Lamar Jackson has been the outlier. Has he won anything for the team? No. Is he competitive? Of course. Hurts was a fantastic college QB and he can compete. But he’s gotta shake that itch to take off.

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