Eagles guard Danny Watkins was perhaps the single best story of the draft’s first round, but he’s learning quickly that you don’t get a long honeymoon in the NFL. Especially in Philadelphia.
Watkins’ preaseason play has been the focus of a lot of criticism and worry in Philly. He’s one part of a shaky offensive line, but his first round status guarantees he’s going to get a lot of attention. With former Colts guard Kyle DeVan in town, the Eagles now have a safety net at the position.
“It’s definitely overwhelming. That’s for sure,” Watkins said via CSNPhilly.com. ”Compared to what I was doing before this, I was just a regular working guy. Now, I’ve got microphones stuffed in my face and everything. It’s an adjustment, that’s for sure, in every aspect.”
Adjusting to life in the spotlight as a pro may be just as big a transition for Watkins as anything on the field. For now his learning process will continue to take place in the starting lineup.
We’ve harped about the Eagles offensive line as a concern for the last month, but let’s give them a few games that actually count before burying them as a lost cause.