DeVonta Smith put on an absolute clinic in Week 3, breaking out for 169 yards on eight catches—both career-highs—in a 24-8 onslaught of Washington. Unfortunately, that success didn’t carry over into Week 4 with heavy rain from Hurricane Ian limiting the second-year receiver to just three catches for 17 yards against Jacksonville.
Adapting to the speed and intensity of football played at its highest professional level can be a rigorous process for incoming players. But for a born-and-bred Southerner like Smith, who grew up playing under blue skies in Amite City, Louisiana, the biggest transition might be adjusting to the northeast and its unpredictable weather patterns. No fan of the cold, Smith, who was mic’d up for NFL Films, seemed downright miserable throughout Sunday’s game, fighting the elements amid a downpour of biblical proportions.
Even with Mother Nature not cooperating, Philadelphia, the NFL’s only unbeaten team through four weeks, still managed over 400 yards of offense, most of it coming on the ground with Miles Sanders and quarterback Jalen Hurts rushing for a combined 172 yards on 43 carries (4.0 yards per attempt). Luckily they won’t have to contend with any weather this week with the Eagles playing under a retractable roof at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.
The Eagles will be greeted by a familiar face when they arrive in Phoenix, sharing the field with former franchise icon Zach Ertz. Best known for his go-ahead touchdown to beat New England in Super Bowl LII, Ertz holds Philadelphia’s single-season record for catches (116), which is also the most by a tight end in NFL history.