Rookie Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith isn’t losing any buzz

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

At the time of this story being published, we’re midway through the month of May, and that buzz surrounding rookie Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith hasn’t died down any. Nor, should it. Birds fans have been waiting for a long time for someone like this to come through the door, so forgive them if they’re a tad giddy.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it?

Here’s a walk down memory lane if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Not even two months ago, there were thoughts about whether or not Smith should be taken in front of Ja’Marr Chase or his teammate at the collegiate level, Jaylen Waddle, but there were a lot of voices that we trusted that were saying despite the fact that Chase sat out of the 2020 NCAA football season and despite the fact that Waddle had been injured, that both were the better prospects.

That still didn’t answer the question though. What would Philly do if they had to decide between Chase, Waddle, or Smith? Then, there was the talk about a certain tight end from Florida.

If you’ll remember, when all of this started, Philly had the sixth-overall selection, and there were questions about whether or not Philly should go with either of these guys or settle on Kyle Pitts.

Then the Birds traded back to 12, and there was the angst over the fact that any hope of landing Pitts had been lost forever. Hindsight is seen in 20/20 vision though, and we now know that, had Philadelphia stayed in the sixth spot, they would have missed on Pitts and Chase anyway.

The former went to the Atlanta Falcons with the fourth-overall selection. The latter went to the Dolphins at five. Waddle was taken in the spot that Philly originally held before trading back to 12, but thanks to their decision, the Birds have another first-round selection in 2022.

Then, there’s this. They may have gotten the guy that they wanted all along anyway. Recently, the rookie talked about his relationship with Jalen Hurts, their relationship, and “how they spoke this reunion into existence”.

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Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere are smiling.

When discussing the great wide receivers in Philadelphia Eagles history, you have your Tommy McDonald, Harold Carmichael, and Mike Quick discussions, but when you get to relatively newer history, the names of great Eagles receivers pop up less frequently.

Irving Fryar was pretty good. Calvin Williams and Fred Barnett were alright. Oh and Philly had about a season and a half with Terrell Owens, but there was also ‘Trash and Stinkston’. Oh, that’s spelled wrong. That’s supposed to say James Thrash and Todd Pinkston.

Birds fans have had their hearts broken recently by guys like JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Shelton Gibson, Mack Hollins, and even Jalen Reagor to some extent, so again, if fans are overjoyed about Smith, let them have their moment.

The reviews so far have been extraordinary. Here’s one by Reuben Frank, one of the most trusted voices for all things Eagles.

"We’re stuck waiting for Smith’s regular season debut, which will come Sept. 12 in Atlanta. It’s going to be electric… The early returns are overwhelmingly positive… The Eagles, as a whole, might not be the most watchable team in 2021, but Smith’s rookie year under a head coach who loves developing wide receivers is going to be awesome."

Hey, if Number 6 has ‘Roob’ pumped up, that should be good enough for all of us. The big guy is right though. This is going to be fun, and it’s going to be electric. This kid checks a lot of boxes that we’ve all been waiting to put a checkmark in.