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Report: DeVonta Smith will make his Eagles debut tonight

At least, “if all goes expected.”

Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

DeVonta Smith “will get some plays tonight” if “all goes expected” leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason game against the New England Patriots, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.

I’m guessing the qualifier exists in case Smith either doesn’t feel great or experiences a setback in pregame warmups. Barring those events, it sounds like we’re on track to see the Eagles’ first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft make his Lincoln Financial Field debut.

Pretty exciting stuff! Smith is arguably the biggest reason to be excited about this year’s team.

Smith’s potential is tantalizing. He’s not some project that the Eagles have high hopes for. The Heisman Trophy winner is a proven commodity in that he actually knows how to play wide receiver at a high level. Smith is incredibly skilled and he figures to be a volume target from Day 1. He should reasonably be the Eagles’ first wide receiver to hit 1,000 yards since Jeremy Maclin last did it all the way back in 2014. I legitimately cannot wait to watch Smith terrorize NFC East defensive backs. Especially when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys (allowed the Eagles to trade up for him!) and the New York Giants (wanted to draft him). Smith is going to be a star and this season should only be the beginning of a very bright career.

Naturally, Smith made BGN’s list of the 10 especially most interesting players to watch this evening.

Smith missed the Eagles’ first preseason game due to a knee injury that also forced him to miss a couple weeks of training camp. Smith returned to team drills on Tuesday, however.

Now, will the Eagles actually throw the ball to Smith in this game? Because they didn’t have him participate in 1-on-1s or throw his way during 11-on-11s against the Pats. The thought here is they were managing injury risk by having him merely working on his route-running, releases, and knowledge of the offense. It’d be nice to see him at least get a target or two.

DeVonta SZN is nigh.