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Eagles’ Darius Slay already giving DeVonta Smith tips: ‘I want him to be the best he can possibly be’

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DeVonta Smith will be experiencing a significantly more durable examination of cornerbacks in the NFL than at Alabama, and Darius Slay is finding the Philadelphia Eagles initial-spherical draft select completely ready for the problem. Smith is likely up from Slay in Eagles minicamp as the three-time Professional Bowl cornerback is lending him a encouraging hand toward NFL achievement. 

“I am a person of the leading corners in this video game (and) been for a very long time. I am just giving him some recommendations due to the fact I want him to be the ideal he can probably be,” Slay claimed in a conference simply call at Eagles minicamp Wednesday. “Everything he would like to request me, I will under no circumstances hide any information from him. My intention is to get them (the large receivers) improved and their intention is to get me improved. 

“He got a ton of upside, gentleman. I am quite psyched. he can do some dangerous issues.” 

Smith presently has ordeals functioning with good young cornerbacks at Alabama. None have the standing of Slay, who has the most passes defended in the NFL because 2013 (one hundred ten) and he is just a person of 14 players with 20 interceptions because getting into the league that time. Slay led the Eagles with 10 passes defensed very last time — but opposing quarterbacks experienced a passer rating of 111.nine when focusing on him. 

Slay has gained the appropriate to the nickname “Large Enjoy” Slay, but the opponent’s passer rating and deficiency of interceptions (a person) in his initial calendar year with the Eagles raises some issues — particularly because he is 30 many years aged. The Eagles will be enjoying fewer gentleman principles and far more zone in 2021, which is just not a challenge for Slay. 

“I am quite functional, try to do it all,” Slay claimed. “I suggest, inquiring me to perform gentleman, zone — whichever demands to be completed, I can get it completed.”