A knee injury has limited Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick DeVonta Smith throughout training camp. But he finally made his NFL debut in last night’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Smith had two receptions for 19 yards on four targets in a 35-0 loss to New England. But despite having limited reps in the game, he seemed optimistic about his recovery afterwards.
Speaking to the Eagles’ official website, Smith declared that he is “right on schedule” for a full recovery. He said he felt good during the game and has been rehabbing well.
“I think I’m right on schedule,” Smith said. “I felt good and I just kept attacking rehab. Right now, I’m feeling good.”
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At Alabama, DeVonta Smith enjoyed one of the most productive seasons in college football history, culminating in national title and Heisman Trophy honors. But he wasn’t viewed as the top wide receiver prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, falling to No. 10, where the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to get him.
Smith got off to a rough start in Philadelphia, suffering a knee injury before camp that limited him for most of the summer.
He is expected to play a big role in the team’s offense under new head coach Nick Sirianni. Last night’s game against the Patriots was a big step in the right direction for him.
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