“It’s great to have that connection come back. It just feels like old times, like back in college,” Smith said Monday from his football camp in Alabama, per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.
Despite some pre-draft misgivings about his size, Smith has made an easy transition to the NFL. Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson hyped the rookie wideout during an appearance on Good Morning Football on Monday.
“We call him the Slim Reaper, I think that’s his nickname,” Johnson said. “He’s impressed early on in camp — his change of direction, his ball skills. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but he does show a whole lot of what he’s capable of. And I think when you have a guy that high caliber, I think he does nothing but brings everybody else along in the receiving corps. So we’re excited about him. I think he’s going to do tremendous things this year. And yeah, man, the Slim Reaper — watch out for him.”
When asked if he’s ready to be WR1 in Philly this year, Smith said: “That’s the plan.”
NFL.com reports that Smith should immediately step in as the Eagles’ top wideout alongside fellow first-round pick Jalen Reagor and third-year receiver Travis Fulgham.