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Howie Roseman on Danny Watkins: The toughness never materialized

Michael Vick,  LeSean McCoy,  Danny Watkins AP

The Eagles gave up on 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins on Saturday, ending the guard’s disappointing tenure with the team after 23 games and 18 starts that featured few moments when it was clear why Watkins went so high in the draft after leaving Baylor.

After making the move on Saturday, General Manager Howie Roseman said that he thought Watkins would benefit from a change in scenery because the guard had “internalized” the pressure of being a top pick in Philadelphia in a way that wasn’t working for him. The biggest problem, according to Roseman, is that the “innate toughness” Watkins showed in college never materialized in the NFL.

“You felt like you were getting an enforcer, and he never let himself go here on that, and I don’t know why that was,” Roseman said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “I told him that was what I was the most confused by. Because that was something that everyone at Baylor told you about and you saw on his play on the field, and I think it all goes back to the pressure he put on himself here. He put a lot of pressure on himself, and he couldn’t just go out and play, and I think getting away from being Danny Watkins the first-round pick and just being Danny Watkins will really help him.”

Watkins didn’t start playing football until his early 20s and he was 26 when the Eagles made him a first round pick. He’s now 29 and a change of scenery will have to work its wonders quickly in order for Watkins to extend his career well into his 30s.

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7 Responses to “Howie Roseman on Danny Watkins: The toughness never materialized”
  1. elliottcovert says: Sep 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    I hope he finds success elsewhere.

  2. 12strikes says: Sep 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    It’s not Watkins fault.
    But in reality, this is the moment the Eagles “Jumped the shark”.

  3. jerseyfozzy says: Sep 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    This was a dumb pick from the moment it happened. A 25 year old interior lineman in the first round made no sense. He looked great at Baylor because he was 4 or 5 years older than most of the d-lineman he was beating up. When he got to the big kids in the NFL, he wasnt pushing anyone around. Maybe it was poor scouting or just poor recognition, but this blunder is typical of Andy Reids last few years. All of the draft misses and dumb signings have them still reeling.

  4. ewitkowski says: Sep 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    Its picks like this and B. Graham over Jason Pierre Paul that did Reid in. For a guy who preached O and D lineman as the most important positions on the team, he made some awful choices late in his career with the team.

  5. romoscollarbone says: Sep 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    I stIll think Dallas needs to kick the tires on this guy, he can’t be worse than what they’ve been trotting out there with Arkin and Bernadeau.

  6. jdhein22 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:35 PM

    Watkins really wants to just be a fireman. Look it up.

  7. brasho says: Sep 1, 2013 8:31 PM

    Perhaps he wasn’t so tough because unlike in college, he was no longer a man playing against boys.

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