DeVonta Smith won a Heisman Trophy with Alabama, the first wide receiver to do so in 30 years.
His dominance at the University of Alabama impressed many, leading to a first-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.
Despite his history as an elite collegiate receiver, his size led some pundits to question his potential success in the NFL.
Smith recently spoke to his doubters in a segment of the “Pivot Podcast,” saying “People go out there doing all that buckin’, it’s a waste of energy.
— Pivot Podcast (@thepivot) August 22, 2023
Smith ended this strong statement by saying “I’m here.”
His first two NFL seasons have been nothing short of spectacular, putting up 2,112 yards on 159 catches, adding in 12 touchdowns.
Smith has established himself as a staple of the Eagles’ offense, quickly becoming a favorite target for Jalen Hurts.
Hurts was an MVP candidate after his performance in the 2022 season, partially credited to Smith’s play.
The Eagles are now a favorite to win the NFC, looking to do so for the second-straight season.
They are in that position due to a strong defense, and an offense that’s among the league’s best.
Smith is empowered by the critics, indicating that he hears all of the noise, rising above all of his nay-sayers.
With any luck, the 2023 season will provide an even greater opportunity for Smith to showcase his abilities, continuing to grow as a third-year receiver.
He’ll have to compete for WR1 reps given the emergence of A.J. Brown in this offense, but he’s certainly poised with a must-win attitude.NEXT: Jason Kelce Opens Up On His Role In Eagles-Colts Brawl