Good morning, Eagles fans. If you’re reading this Wednesday morning, you’ve got four more sleeps until the season opener Sunday against Atlanta. Exciting stuff, I know. The Eagles are back on the practice field Wednesday, and coach Nick Sirianni will speak with reporters beforehand. Sirianni had a message for the team earlier this week.
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Sirianni opened the Eagles’ week of preparation Monday with what seemed to be a simple, but resonant message: Embrace your role.
When DeVonta Smith was asked about his expectations for the season Monday, he referenced the meeting he’d just come from and Sirianni’s directive.
“Coach Sirianni, we just had a meeting and it was all about people just playing their role,” the first-round rookie said. “Whatever my role is, [I’m focusing on] just embracing and playing my role.”
Smith’s role figures to be a significant one. The first-round rookie projects as a starting outside receiver going into Sunday’s season opener in Atlanta, and he’ll be tasked with turning around a group of receivers that had only one player surpass the 500-receiving-yards mark (Travis Fulgham) last season.
“DeVonta is going to have a big role on this team,” Sirianni said Monday. “We talked about the role today; that was one thing just with everybody. ... The other thing we talked about a lot with our team is, ‘What are the things that are going to prevent you from getting better every single day?’ Because that’s the goal at the end of the day, is just continue to make these gains of getting better every single day.”
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