The Philadelphia Eagles didn't get to see DeVonta Smith catch passes from Jalen Hurts in his preseason debut, the only unfortunate part of a night where the wide receiver looked well beyond his years. Smith was the bright spot in an anemic performance by the Eagles offense in the first half, one which the majority of the snaps were taken by second-team players. Hurts was a late scratch due to a non-COVID illness.
The projected starting wide receivers took all of the first-half snaps for the Eagles -- Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins. Smith finished with just two catches for 19 yards, but his route-running was crisp on each of his four targets. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was able to create separation with ease and got himself open when the ball was coming his way.
Smith's first catch in the NFL went for just 9 yards, but the hitch route he ran looked similar to prime Isaac Bruce with the St. Louis Rams. Joe Flacco found Smith on a first-and-10, turning a 5-yard gain into 9.