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Danny Watkins admits transition to NFL has been “overwhelming”

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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.

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25 Responses to “Danny Watkins admits transition to NFL has been “overwhelming””
  1. ticalcaldwell says: Sep 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    see Phil Taylor…..he already knows this……lol

  2. abninf says: Sep 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    It must be overwhelming for any rookie to be in the presence of the Dream team.

  3. ninjapleazee says: Sep 6, 2011 2:39 PM

    I like Danny Watkins… I hope he succeeds in the NFL.. all around good guy

  4. cured76 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:46 PM

    Like many of the younger players on the team, I just hope they get it together and stay injury-free and have it all together by the end of the year.

  5. americankris says: Sep 6, 2011 2:48 PM

    OTA’s make honeymoons longer

  6. nagidac says: Sep 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    Hey, he helped save a teammate from dying, and he’s Canadian! Give him a chance.

  7. fillyfan9988 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    “It’s definitely overwhelming. That’s for sure. Compared to what I was doing before this, I was just a regular working guy,” said Watkins.

    Great #1 draft choice Eagles.A Canadian who never learned how to skate.

  8. cletusvandam says: Sep 6, 2011 3:02 PM

    Vince Young didn’t have any problems adjusting, but this guy is no Vince Young. Oh, and dream team, but Vince Young didn’t say dream team, Vince Young said dream team.
    Signed Vince Young

  9. snakeplizkn says: Sep 6, 2011 3:03 PM

    Yawn…headline is a more than a bit misleading.

    Watkins used “overwhelming” to characterize his being thrust into the media spotlight…not anything having to do with the NFL game.

  10. mad55555 says: Sep 6, 2011 3:09 PM

    nagidac says:Sep 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    Hey, he helped save a teammate from dying, and he’s Canadian! Give him a chance.
    _____________________________

    Did he? What exactly did he do to save his teammate? HE DID NOTHING. He stood around just like all the other team mates. The local media tried to make it seem like he did something to help he teammate, but in actuality, he did nothing just like you.

  11. johnnyoclock says: Sep 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    This is more reason why the Eagles front office has been needed to be cleaned out for years.

    You don’t use a first round asset on A. a 26 yr old rookie who will need a learning curve bc a guy like that will be available in the lower rounds, and B. a 26 yr old rookie who plays guard because good guards are found all over the draft.

    Then in the second the take a saftey from Temple. No one from Temple ever goes before the 4th round.

    Last year’s second round gave you nothing either.

    The sad part is the best player drafted will probably be the 4th round kicker.

    The front office has to go. Dream Team, this is not. Without Vick and his improv magic this is an 8-8 team, not a Dream Team. You have to put football people in the front office, not the nerdy suits with the charts and graphs.

    Hear that Lurie?

  12. duncanthecat says: Sep 6, 2011 3:21 PM

    Comments are the first sign of a draft pick bust.

    Dude needs to hold it together.

  13. bleedgreen says: Sep 6, 2011 3:30 PM

    I think he’ll eventually be fine, but he’s really had less than a month to get ready. That and they put him next to a rookie center as well. Of course no one is going to know the damned protections. Peters and Herremans are the only solid vet players that played at all in pre-season with Kelce and Watkins, of COURSE its going to be a tough transition. They should have left jackson in, for no other reason than he knows how to read a defense and adjust protection.

  14. superbowl42champs says: Sep 6, 2011 3:52 PM

    Bugger bust? jerome mcdougle or Danny watkins

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 6, 2011 3:59 PM

    yeah,, i hear Gabe Carimi is doin well up in Chicago,,

    weird that a guy who has been playing football all his life is having an easier time adjusting to the NFL. . could it be because he’s been a starter at OL longer than Watkins has been playing football??

    weird how it woulda worked out, Carimi woulda been a nice RT since justice s#it the bed again… but instead we have to alter our entire offense of line and go into the season with our OL completely reworked before the 4th preseason game.. now this unit has had no time to play together. U cant tell me they know Watkins aint the answer after they bring in this new X-colt that just happens to play G .

    Another classic case of Andy Reid outsmarting himself. nice work.

  16. robertjamis says: Sep 6, 2011 4:10 PM

    It’s almost like it’s really dumb to draft a 27 year old, athletically unimpressive interior lineman in the first round simply because his life may or may not be turned into a tv movie one day.

  17. selgaeinla says: Sep 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Good thing he held out from the beginning of training camp. Smart way to pick up a system.

  18. jnks10 says: Sep 6, 2011 4:35 PM

    fillyfan9988 says:
    Sep 6, 2011 2:57 PM
    “It’s definitely overwhelming. That’s for sure. Compared to what I was doing before this, I was just a regular working guy,” said Watkins.

    Great #1 draft choice Eagles.A Canadian who never learned how to skate.

    —————-
    He played hockey before he ever played a snap of football in his life?

  19. briang123 says: Sep 6, 2011 5:04 PM

    johnnyoclock says: Sep 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    …………..

    Then in the second the take a saftey from Temple. No one from Temple ever goes before the 4th round.

    ………………

    Hey Johnny,

    2 Temple players went before the 4th round this year. The other was Muhammad Wilkerson, who was drafted in the first round by the Jets.

    Go Owls! (This ain’t your Daddy’s Owls anymore)

  20. saturn1111 says: Sep 6, 2011 5:09 PM

    Good lord…this could be an Onion article:

    “NFL Rookie Discovers that Being in the NFL is Like Being in the NFL.”

    “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,” said the overwhelmed Watkins. “Now that I know that being in the NFL is exactly like being in the NFL, I guess I’ll have to play like I’m in the NFL.”

    sheesh…

  21. fmwarner says: Sep 6, 2011 5:16 PM

    johnnyoclock says: Sep 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    This is more reason why the Eagles front office has been needed to be cleaned out for years.

    You don’t use a first round asset on A. a 26 yr old rookie who will need a learning curve bc a guy like that will be available in the lower rounds, and B. a 26 yr old rookie who plays guard because good guards are found all over the draft.

    Then in the second the take a saftey from Temple. No one from Temple ever goes before the 4th round.

    Last year’s second round gave you nothing either.

    The sad part is the best player drafted will probably be the 4th round kicker.

    The front office has to go. Dream Team, this is not. Without Vick and his improv magic this is an 8-8 team, not a Dream Team. You have to put football people in the front office, not the nerdy suits with the charts and graphs.

    Hear that Lurie?
    ==================================

    I hope to God Lurie doesn’t hear that. Are you serious? There is a reason that the front office people have their jobs and you have yours.

  22. monsterscream says: Sep 6, 2011 5:18 PM

    Danny Watkins couldn’t play dead in a ‘B’ western. He stinks.

  23. jerseysportsbullies says: Sep 6, 2011 6:09 PM

    Hey mad555 i was there that day and Watkins was running around like a maniac helping out the EMT’s and everyone on staff. All the other players stood around and prayed while Watkins helped take charge.

    Maybe you should know your info before mouthing off and looking like an idiotic toolbag.

  24. zeussuperman says: Sep 6, 2011 6:49 PM

    mad55555 says: Sep 6, 2011 3:09 PM

    nagidac says:Sep 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    Hey, he helped save a teammate from dying, and he’s Canadian! Give him a chance.
    _____________________________

    Did he? What exactly did he do to save his teammate? HE DID NOTHING. He stood around just like all the other team mates. The local media tried to make it seem like he did something to help he teammate, but in actuality, he did nothing just like you.

    =====================

    You’re right! How DARE nagidac do nothing to help Mike Patterson when most likely the dude was nowhere around the incident nor qualified medically to help anyway.

    Lot of thought went into that insult, I’m sure.

    Anyway, Watkins rushed to Patterson as soon as he collapsed, and helped stabilize him (along with the medical personnel) in order to get him to the hospital.

    He did what he could, given the situation, and that’s a good thing. Don’t crap all over it.

    Also, please keep in mind Watkins did all of this while being Canadian the entire time. That takes guts.

  25. zeussuperman says: Sep 6, 2011 6:53 PM

    Also, I’d put money down that half of the people saying “Watkins stinks, immediate bust!” are some of the same people who said “OMG, Howard Mudd is going to revolutionize our offensive line!”

    Watkins is a Mudd pick. You can’t turn your nose up at that pick without doing the same to the OL coach. Either you trust the “best OL coach in the game” (as Mudd was billed) or you don’t.

    Personally, I think I’ll see Watkins play a game or five — maybe watch him in a game that means something, as shocking as that sounds — before I start calling him a bust.

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