Here’s how Eagles’ fans and experts graded DeVonta Smith’s preseason debut

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DeVonta Smith finally made his preseason debut, and after some early struggles with quarterback Joe Flacco, the Heisman Trophy winner proved he’s the Eagles’ No. 1 wide receiver.

The reservations about Smith’s size were immediately put to rest because a cornerback can’t bully the wide receiver if he can’t get his hands on them. Smith’s superior route-running and surgical precision were described as an “artist painting his masterpiece” by NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks.

Smith logged two catches for 19-yards on five targets, but it was the route-running that left fans and experts buzzing.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith in action during a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) warms up before action against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs the ball after a reception against the New England Patriots during the second quarter during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Philadelphia Eagles' DeVonta Smith (6) looks to get past New England Patriots J.C. Jackson (27) during the second quarter of a pre-season NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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Philadelphia Eagles' DeVonta Smith watches the the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith in action during a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith in action during a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Philadelphia Eagles' DeVonta Smith (6) during warm ups before a pre-season NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith in action during a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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