DeVonta Smith frustrated at lack of targets late in 13-7 loss to Giants
Much like every Eagles fan in the world, DeVonta Smith was pissed after yesterday’s 13-7 loss to the New York Giants. The Eagles played their worst game of the season but still had a chance in the final minute at MetLife Stadium to steal a win. As we all know, they did not.
On their fourth down play, Jalen Reagor dropped his second pass that hit him dead in the hands. Smith was wide open at the end of the game, not once, but twice on the final play.
Now before we get into it, let’s be clear on the fact that Jalen Hurts threw two very catchable balls to Jalen Reagor and both were dropped. There’s a lot of talk on Twitter saying that it was Hurts’ fault and that he shouldn’t have been targeting Jalen Reagor with the game on the line, but that’s just stupid. Jalen Reagor was open and failed to make the catches. End of the story.
If you’re not satisfied with that rational thinking, there’s obviously plenty of blame to go around. Hurts was terrible throughout the game. It’s always going to be hard to win a football game when your quarterback throws three interceptions and your running back fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter. Since the Giants are a poverty team, they still only scored 13 total points in the game which gave the Eagles a chance to win.
On the last drive, the Eagles’ Heisman Trophy winner went over to the sidelines and told head coach Nick Sirianni that he wanted the ball. Get him the ball and he would bring home the victory. After almost a full four quarters of complete misery, when your only competent wide receiver is beaming with confidence, it’s then on the head coach to make sure that he works with Hurts, Smith, and the rest of his offense to ensure that DeVonta Smith has an opportunity to win the game.
Instead, the Eagles left Miles Sanders on the bench and did not target DeVonta Smith on the last drive. Sirianni continued by saying that he did not believe the play Smith wanted was going to work on the defense. So he moved on with what he thought would work.
To a certain extent, I can understand that. Where Sirianni loses me, is still on the fact that Smith wanted the ball and instead of figuring out something that WOULD work, he just kept things moving.
Sirianni hopped on WIP this morning and said that neither play was designed to go to Reagor, but that doesn’t dismiss the lack of targets for Smith, who was begging for the ball at the end of the game. Three targets for Reagor and none for DeVonta Smith simply cannot happen.
Blame Hurts for not looking at DeVonta Smith when he was open. Blame Sirianni for terrible game management. Blame Reagor for dropping two catchable passes. Blame Boston Scott for fumbling. All of that is true and warranted.
But for the love of God, find a way to get the ball to DeVonta Smith, no matter what it takes.
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