Rookie wideout DeVonta Smith has been upgraded to day-to-day by the Philadelphia Eagles, giving the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft and reigning Heisman Trophy winner a shot at getting some preseason snaps.
Smith had been expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks after suffering a knee sprain in training camp on July 31.
Smith, 22, joined the Eagles for a walkthrough practice Saturday as the team prepares for joint practices with the New England Patriots.
The Eagles and Patriots will meet in a preseason game Thursday.
Head coach Nick Sirianni wasn’t ready to commit to Smith making an appearance.
“I don’t want to put a timetable as far as if he’ll be ready … I don’t know yet,” Sirianni said Saturday, per CBS Sports. “He’s working hard and working hard to get back and our trainers (are) doing a great job of bringing him back. I look forward to seeing him out there in practice soon.”
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First-round pick DeVonta Smith has a knee sprain that will keep him out 1-2 weeks of his first Philadelphia Eagles training camp.
Smith, the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft and reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was injured in the team’s Saturday night practice and underwent testing Sunday.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Smith were teammates at Alabama. Hurts said during minicamp the pro game will not be a challenge for Smith because he’s self-driven and understands the nuances of the position.
“(At Alabama) he was trying to work. We were in the indoor (facility) late at night, getting the work in,” Hurts said. “So I think that shows the mentality he has and I think he’s bringing all of that with him here.”
Jalen Reagor will get more work with Smith sidelined. Reagor, a first-round pick in 2020, did not participate in the first three practices due to a failed conditioning test.
Travis Fulgham, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward are the other receivers competing for spots in training camp.
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The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with 2021 first-round draft pick DeVonta Smith, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
All first-round draft picks receive a four-year contract with a team-held option for the fifth season.
Per OvertheCap.com, the total value of Smith’s contract is $20.14 million.
The Eagles selected Smith, an Alabama product, with the 10th overall pick of the draft after he became the first wide receiver — and only the fourth wideout overall — to win the Heisman Trophy since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
The Eagles acquired the 10th pick from the Cowboys for the No. 12 pick — which Dallas used to select Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons — and the 84th pick, which the Cowboys used to select Iowa pass rusher Chauncey Golston.
Smith, 22, had 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 TDs last season to lead FBS in each category. He capped his collegiate career with 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-24 national championship-winning victory over Ohio State in January.
It was the second national title at Alabama for Smith, who left the game against the Buckeyes in the third quarter with a hand injury. Fully recovered, Smith participated in Philadelphia’s rookie camp last month.
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After a mostly predictable start, three NFC East rivals cranked up the intrigue in the 2021 NFL Draft with high-stakes maneuvers that reshaped the proceedings.
The Dallas Cowboys, due up at No. 10, openly coveted one of the top two cornerbacks in the class, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II or South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. But the Carolina Panthers made Horn the first defensive player off the board at No. 8 and the Denver Broncos chose Surtain at No. 9, leaving Dallas empty-handed.
Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver DeVonta Smith of Alabama was still available at No. 10, with the New York Giants possibly interested in him at No. 11. The Philadelphia Eagles made a rare deal, executing a trade with one division rival to leapfrog another.
The receiver-needy Eagles jumped to the 10th pick to select Smith by trading the 12th and 84th overall picks to the Cowboys. Dallas used the No. 12 pick on Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons rather than a corner.
“When you trade it in the division, you understand that you’re not going to get any values (added) to that, either. It’s going to have to work for them as well,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.
The turn of events had consequences.
With Smith gone, the Giants instead traded back with the Chicago Bears, who moved up from No. 20 to No. 11 to land Ohio State’s Justin Fields, the fourth quarterback chosen.
At No. 20 the Giants went with a different wide receiver, slot Kadarius Toney of Florida. It marked the first time Dave Gettleman traded back in eight drafts as general manager of the Giants and the Carolina Panthers.
Belichick stands Pat for QB: The New England Patriots didn’t have to trade up to snag one of the best quarterbacks available. Alabama’s Mac Jones fell to the Patriots at No. 15.
Now he’s tasked with becoming New England’s next franchise quarterback more than a year after Tom Brady left for the Buccaneers.
“I can’t wait to play for the greatest franchise in NFL history,” Jones said.
Records for offense, Alabama: The first seven picks of the draft were offensive players for the first time. The previous mark was six straight offensive players to open the 1999 draft.
After quarterbacks went 1-2-3, the Atlanta Falcons selected highly touted tight end Kyle Pitts. The Cincinnati Bengals chose LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase fifth, the Miami Dolphins selected Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle sixth and the Detroit Lions chose Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell seventh.
Nick Saban’s pro factory in Tuscaloosa also had an historic night, as the Crimson Tide tied a record with six players chosen in the first round of a single draft. The 2004 Miami Hurricanes had the first draft class with six first-rounders.
After Waddle, Surtain, Smith and Jones, the Las Vegas Raiders reached at No. 17 for Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood, who projects as a right tackle on their depth chart with Kolton Miller locked in at left tackle. The Pittsburgh Steelers then drafted running back Najee Harris at No. 24 to bolster a thin depth chart at the position.
Jags, Jets take two: The entire NFL knew the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets would select quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson with the first two picks. But both teams had a second first-round pick to spend toward building their teams around their respective rookies.
The Jets owned the Seahawks’ 23rd pick from last year’s Jamal Adams trade. They packaged that and two third-rounders to the Minnesota Vikings to move up to No. 14 and take the top-rated offensive guard in the class, Alijah Vera-Tucker of Southern Cal. Vera-Tucker figures to slot in next to last year’s first-round pick, mammoth tackle Mekhi Becton, to protect Wilson.
The Jaguars used the 25th overall pick (from the Los Angeles Rams in the Jalen Ramsey trade) to reunite Lawrence with his Clemson teammate, running back Travis Etienne. Etienne is the ACC’s all-time leading rusher with high marks of 4,952 yards and 70 touchdowns over four seasons.
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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who was enjoying a record-setting night, left the College Football Playoff national championship game in the third quarter Monday to be evaluated for a hand injury. The school announced he was questionable to return.
On the second play from scrimmage of the second half, Smith dropped a pass and immediately walked to the sideline, where he was ushered to the white medical tent behind the Crimson Tide bench. He reportedly injured his right index finger.
Smith walked to the locker room with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter with his right hand covered by a towel.
Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to help Alabama to a 35-17 halftime lead. His reception total was a single-game record for a Bowl Championship Series or CFP national title game, dating back to 1998, and his yardage total ranked second in those contests.
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle followed Smith to the sideline a few plays later, walking gingerly on his left leg. Waddle missed the previous seven games due to a broken right ankle but was cleared to return Monday for his first game action since Oct. 24.
Waddle did not receive medical attention.
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Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and No. 1 Alabama were nearly unstoppable in taking a 35-17 halftime lead on No. 3 Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Smith had 12 catches for 215 yards and touchdowns of 5, 5 and 42 yards. In just one half, the senior wide receiver already had set the receptions record for a Bowl Championship Series or CFP title game, and he was second for most receiving yards in a BCS or CFP championship contest, which date to 1998.
Najee Harris added a 1-yard TD run and a 26-yard TD catch as the Crimson Tide scored on five of their first six possessions.
The only blemish was quarterback Mac Jones being strip-sacked by Baron Browning with Browning recovering the ball at the Crimson Tide 19. The second TD run of the game for Ohio State’s Master Teague III, playing for the injured Trey Sermon, made it 14-14 early in the second quarter.
Harris’ subsequent touchdown catch made it 21-14. After the Buckeyes pulled within 21-17, Jones connected twice with Smith.
Jones was 25 of 30 for a 342 yards and four TDs before the break.
Sermon, who had 524 rushing yards in the previous two games combined, carried for 2 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then left with a possible collarbone injury and did not return.
The Buckeyes had 13 players unavailable, including three starters, defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, defensive end Tyreke Smith and kicker Blake Haubeil. The school did give reasons for their absences, although the team has been hit hard by COVID-19 issues.
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DeVonta Smith of Alabama became arguably the first pure first wide receiver ever to win the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, when he outpolled three quarterbacks.
The senior from Amite, La., outdistancing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, who were also finalists.
Not since Michigan multipurpose cornerback/receiver/returner Charles Woodson in 1997 — in a shocking announcement over Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning — has anyone other than a quarterback or running back received the honor.
Smith becomes the third Alabama player to win college football’s top individual award, joining running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015).
The trophy has been awarded annually since 1936, and almost always has gone to a passer or runner.
Previously, Michigan’s Desmond Howard (1991), Notre Dame’s Tim Brown (1987), and Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers (1972) were wide receivers, but they also gained much of their acclaim as return specialists.
This season, for the first time, Smith returned punts for Alabama, but he returned only nine punts. He averaged 24.3 yards on those returns, with one touchdown. He also had one rushing score.
It was his receiving that earned Smith the Heisman. He has 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, with one game remaining — the national championship against Ohio State.
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