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What to expect in DeVonta Smith’s second season? | #FlyEaglesFly

The Philadelphia Eagles struck gold in 2021 when they got wide receiver DeVonta Smith

with the 10th overall pick of the draft. He instantly became the team’s number one target,

which, frankly, wasn’t that hard to do considering the other options available for Jalen Hurts.

Still, Smith’s rookie season was one to remember.

After a year of experience, with a playoff game on the cards, Smith now sets to take a leap

forward in his level. His chemistry with Hurts should get even better in their second season

together and, even more important, he's not going to be the one receiving the biggest

attention from opposing defenses: A.J. Brown joined the team in a draft-day trade and Smith should now see his number of opportunities and targets get even bigger as defenses will prepare to slow down Brown's production.

With a craft route running and enough speed to stress defenses vertically, Smith created

separation with ease throughout his first year in the league, but with Hurts struggling through the first half of the season, not all routes resulted in targets or accurate passes. His

quarterback got much better, though, and the kid from Alabama did the same thing as the

season went on.

It's fair to expect Smith to be a difference-maker for the Eagles in 2022 and the passing offense to get even better with Brown aligning on the outside. There are a number of reasons for Philadelphia to finally be excited with a young wide receiver after years of

suffering from their receiving draftees.