- Metchie Jr. details lessons he learned from Smith
News: 4 days agoSmith secured six of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 32-6 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Spin: The spectacular rookie paid immediate dividends in his regular-season debut, running under a pretty Jalen Hurts pass from 19 yards out in the first quarter for the Eagles' first points of the afternoon. Smith ultimately went on to co-lead the team in receptions while pacing the squad in both receiving yardage and targets, a highly encouraging sign for the apparently rapidly burgeoning connection between him and Hurts. Smith will look to build on the quick start to his career in a Week 2 home showdown against the 49ers.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: The Eagles traded up to select Smith with the 10th overall pick of April's draft. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Smith put up 1,856 yards and 23 TDs during his dominant 2020 campaign. The big knock on the Alabama star is size (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), but his ball skills are unmatched in this class and he has the versatility, speed, quickness, separation ability, route-running prowess and hands (six drops on 298 targets over the past three seasons) to emerge as a high-volume, elite NFL wide receiver. Smith joins Jalen Reagor as the Eagles clear-cut top two WRs and, while it's yet to be seen if Jalen Hurts will develop into a capable NFL starter, we at least know Smith will be a full-timer out of the gate. He's a flex option with obvious upside for more.