By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Even Tre’Quan Smith didn’t see this coming.
In his first nine NFL games, the New Orleans Saints receiver had just 12 catches, and the most he’d caught in a single game was three.
Last week against the Bengals, Smith had zero targets. The Saints scored 51 points and threw the ball 27 times, but it never went in the direction of the rookie who has become the team’s No. 2 receiver.
Things changed on Sunday. Drew Brees frequently looked to Smith, and in the end, he had 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, helping lead the Saints (9-1) to a dominant 48-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“Coming in, I expected to catch one or two balls, but 10 catches?” Smith said. “No, I didn’t expect that, but as the game goes on, you got to do what you got to do.” ...
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