PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith is proud of his craft.
Since the Eagles took him off the board in the first round of the draft the rookie out of Alabama vowed that no one would outwork him. That apparently is on the field, and off.
No one seems to put more thought and style into his game day attire than Smith, who has a polished Gentlemen’s Quarterly look dating back to his high school days.
Natural as Smith looks, he works at it much like he refines his route running. Deciding what to wear to games is important to Smith, who turns 23 in a couple of months. Just guessing that the process is more involved than the explanation he gave when caught off guard about it after practice Saturday.
“Go in the closet, look at it, kind of see what I like and just go with it,” Smith said. “I’ve always been into suits. That’s kind of been my thing since high school. And the older I got the more detailed I got with it.”
Smith isn’t the only Eagle who dresses for game day success. He consults with quarterback Jalen Hurts, and not because he’s afraid of wearing the same sport coat to the game. Hurts has a new age look.
“I mean, I like it,” Smith said of the Hurts style. “That’s something that we talk about when we get close to game time. Like, ‘What are you wearing this week?’ We give each other the ideas and what we think about it.”
With the Eagles embarking on a trip to Dallas this week, we suggest the quarterback-receiver duo avoid the boots and 10-gallon hat ensemble.
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The stat of the week comes from Clark Judge (@ClarkJudgeTOF), one of the most interested and decorated writers on the NFL circuit.
Judge rattled off another number that actually makes you think when he noted that Jared Goff is 0-9 without head coach Sean McVay.
Goff is 0-4 with the Rams under Jeff Fisher, 0-3 with interim coach John Fassel, who replaced Fisher, and 0-2 this season with Lions head coach Dan Campbell.
Goff was 42-20 in the regular season with McVay, who became the Rams’ head coach at age 30.
Carson Wentz, by the way, is 0-2 without Doug Pederson.
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Eagles receiver Quez Watkins gave insight into what it’s like being in the huddle with Hurts.
During the TV timeout preceding Watkins’ 91-yard reception against the Niners last week, the quarterback kept his receiver on high alert. Hurts told Watkins if the defender was playing off in coverage to go for it.
“Then he was like, ‘you know, this is 98 yards. Get in the end zone,’” Hurts said. “And then when I didn’t, he was so mad at me. But at the end of the day, it’s something we’ve got to grow from and be better at.”
Twisting and turning while looking into the sun gave the pursuit just enough time to catch Watkins at the 6-yard line. It proved to be a series from hell, the Eagles eventually failing to score after getting a first-and-goal at the 1.
“I definitely feel like I should have scored,” Watkins said, “but things happen.”
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Speaking publicly for the first time since landing a three-year, $40 million contract extension, Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat said he took the money now to get himself “security.”
Tough to argue with a guy who was told he might not play football again after dislocating a kneecap and tearing three ligaments.
“Going through all the rehabs took so many years just to get back to feeling 80 percent,” Sweat said Saturday. “Now I’m good to go. I have no issues. Haven’t had issues for years. I just thought it was right. I thought it was a great opportunity. We came to a great agreement and I thought it would be nice to get some nice security before I went out and played football.”
With veteran defensive end Brandon Graham scheduled to undergo surgery on a torn Achilles’ tendon, Sweat suspects he’ll have a larger role going forward. The Eagles pressured Jimmy Garoppolo last week but didn’t register a sack. The Ravens were the only other team in Week 2 not to get a sack.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Sweat said. “I’m just going to play as hard as I can for whatever it is. Everybody is putting in to be a little piece of Brandon. I’m trying to bring the energy.”
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THE REST >> The Eagles and the Ravens were the only teams that didn’t register a sack in Week 2. The Ravens were chasing Patrick Mahomes, the Eagles that elusive Garoppolo. … The Bucs put a 10-game win streak on the line at the underdog Rams Sunday. … The Cowboys (1-1) and the Vikings (0-2) have three straight home games after playing their first two games on the road. … With Bears quarterback Andy Dalton ailing, rookie Justin Fields makes his. starting debut against the Browns Sunday.