DeVonta Smith, wide receiver
The Eagles' third-year wideout has had a pedestrian year with the 2023 season approaching its halfway point. Hurts has established a rapport with Brown, but his chemsitry with DeVonta Smith has been inconsistent.
The Reaper's numbers throughout his playing career don't always evidence how good he has been. He hasn't eclipsed more than 50 yards receiving since the most recent matchup against the Commanders. He collected seven catches and 78 yards receiving on nine targets.
When Smith is successful, the Eagles' offense is more dangerous and poses a bigger threat to opposing defenses. However, the former first-round pick from the University of Alabama has only eclipsed 100 yards or more once this season. That was Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
He hasn't been found when he has gotten open. He has uncharacteristically dropped passes. We found out later that he may have been injured during Philadelphia's sluggish offensive performance versus the New York Jets, but that may have been the worst game of his career.
The Commanders' defense ranks 27th in passing with 1739 yards allowed in seven contests - an average of 248.4 per game. During the last three weeks, Chicago Bears star D.J. Moore (eight catches, 230 yards, three touchdowns), Drake London (nine catches, 125 yards) of the Atlanta Falcons, and the Giants' Jalin Hyatt (two catches, 75 yards) have all made an impact against Washington.
Rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes has struggled for the Commanders and didn't play much a week ago. Benjamin St-Juste is dealing with a thigh ailment, and that makes Kendall Fuller Washington's lone defensive weapon. Smith has a good opportunity to surpass his yardage total from the Week 4 contest in the upcoming matchup.
Stat Predictions for Smith - four catches, 88 yards, one touchdown, eight targets