DeVonta Smith came alive during the Eagles’ win over the Washington Commanders in Week 3.
Year two didn’t necessarily begin with fireworks. After two weeks of NFL action, DeVonta Smith had only tallied seven receptions for 80 yards. We weren’t worried. We knew the breakout would come at some point. In Week 3, our wishes were granted.
Philly’s third game of the year was one versus the rival Washington Commanders. Oh yeah! You remember! DeVonta went off, ending his day with eight receptions for 169 yards and his first touchdown of the season. He racked up a 21.1 yards-per-catch average in the win.
Number 6 shredded the Commanders’ defense in the first half to the tune of 156 receiving yards, a beautiful and graceful grab to set up first and goal, and an impressive grab in the back of the end zone to close the second quarter.
DeVonta was brilliant. Look no further than his over-the-shoulder grab in the first quarter if you need evidence.
Smith’s performance helped the Eagles turn to their running game and a relentless pass rush to help salt this one away. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner had notched his first 100-yard receiving campaign of the regular season. His next came ten weeks later.