Eagles coach Nick Sirianni explains why DeVonta Smith didn’t have a catch

Nick Sirianni is aware of what Eagles enthusiasts had been pondering Sunday:

“’Oh my goodness, they are never going to use DeVonta Smith again,’” Sirianni mentioned.

He temporarily added: “I can promise you that’s not the case.”

Sirianni mentioned Monday there was once a lot to love about what the Eagles did offensively of their season-opening win in Detroit – 31 issues, 455 yards, 27 first downs – however stated the Eagles have to ensure Smith is concerned within the offense.

“For whatever reason, it seemed to time up perfectly: A.J. had this huge game and DeVonta didn’t touch the ball at all,” Sirianni mentioned.

“We have to (involve him) because you never want to be one-dimensional and let them say, ‘Hey, we are taking this away or taking that away.’ DeVonta Smith is not a good playmaker, (he’s) a great playmaker. I think everybody in this city saw that last year.”

Brown was once focused 13 occasions and stuck 10 passes for 155 yards Sunday, however the one different Eagles receiver to catch a move was once Zach Pascal, who had a seven-yarder on a 3rd-and-2 within the 3rd quarter. Quez Watkins, who had 647 yards closing 12 months, wasn’t focused in any respect. 


Smith changed into the primary Eagles receiver focused no less than 4 occasions to be held with out a reception in six years, since Dorial Green-Beckham was once focused 5 occasions with out a catch in a loss to the Giants in East Rutherford in November 2016.

As a rookie, Smith had 916 receiving yards and stuck no less than one move in all 17 video games the Eagles performed. 

“I came out of that game thinking, ‘OK, we have communication issues to clean up, but, man, we ran the ball well, we were pretty efficient passing the ball, we were great on third down, we were really good in the red zone, we had a really good two-minute drive to get points at the end of the half,” Sirianni mentioned.

“When you finish with the ball on your hand in a four-minute power, this is massive, massive, massive.

“There (were) so many good things we did, but coming away, you’re like, ‘DeVonta Smith didn’t get any catches.’ Sometimes you don’t feel that in the game, (but) he has to touch the ball. There’s no doubt about it. He has to touch the ball, and it’s just the way the game went.”

Smith wasn’t formally charged with any drops, however there was once no less than one move he most certainly appears like he must have stuck. Maybe two.

He in fact did have an 11-yard reception overdue within the first quarter, but it surely was once burnt up through a keeping name on Jordan Mailata – certainly one of 10 Eagles consequences.

Sirianni mentioned the Eagles went into the sport desiring to get Smith concerned, it simply by no means came about.

“When we looked at it, he did have the four targets, but there were a handful of other things that were called for him, and there are so many different reasons why it doesn’t go to him and for whatever reason, it didn’t here,” he mentioned.

“Again, there are multiple reasons why it didn’t. A lot of these plays were still run through him.”

Smith is the second one immediately 12 months the Eagles receiving chief from the former season didn’t have a catch within the opener. Their 2020 receiving chief – Travis Fulgham – started closing 12 months at the follow squad.

Sirianni vowed that Smith gets his alternatives and get his catches.


“Him, A.J. and Dallas are who the offense will run through, who the pass offense will run through, and it just was the perfect storm (Sunday) where he didn’t get any touches,” Sirianni mentioned. 

“And, hey, that’s my job, though, to make sure that he gets the touches, and we’ll fix that.”

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