On a stacked New Orleans Saints offense, Tre’Quan Smith seized his opportunities on Sunday.
The rookie wide receiver amassed 10 receptions for 157 yards and his first touchdown as the Saints (9-1) cruised to a 48-7 victory vs. the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
This comes after not getting any targets last week vs. the Bengals and entering the game with 12 receptions.
With Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara serving as focal points in the passing game, the rest of the Saints receivers can slide under the radar.
However, Smith certainly made his presence felt in front of Who Dat Nation. Afterwards, Smith was humble about the best performance of his young career.
Tre’Quan Smith spoke to the media following his career-high performance in both yards and receptions
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“Coming in, I expected to catch one or two balls, but 10 catches?” Smith said to NOLA.com. “No, I didn’t expect that, but as the game goes on, you got to do what you got to do.”
Thomas, who tallied four receptions for 92 yards, was complimentary of his peer.
“I’m real proud of him,” Thomas said to NOLA.com. “He came up there and he stepped up. He made some crucial catches.”
Twenty eight percent of the Saints’ passes have gone to Thomas and 23 percent to Kamara according to NOLA.com.
Smith was happy to do his part to keep the offense rolling.
“This week, they covered up Mike, so this was my time to shine,” Smith said to NOLA.com.
After Smith’s sensational 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Drew Brees reinforced his confidence in the rookie.
“After that play, he was like, ‘Why do you think I threw you the ball? I trust you,'” Smith said to NOLA.com. “And (as) a rookie, that just made me so happy inside.”
If Smith can build on this performance, the Saints will have another weapon for defenses to have to gameplan for.
Smith promises that he’s always going to seize the moment whenever his number is called.
“I just know when the ball comes my way, I may not get the opportunity again, so I do the best of my ability to make the play,” Smith said to NOLA.com.