Upon releasing former first-rounder Danny Watkins, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman suggested that the pressure of being a first-rounder might have been too much for Watkins.
In his first interview with reporters after being signed by the Dolphins, Watkins didn’t necessarily disagree.
“I got to Philadelphia and it was just a rough go from the get-go,” Watkins said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “I felt like it just got broken down to bones and never got built back. It was more a mental thing. I was very disappointing to myself that it never panned out the way it could. Because I know I can play physical and tough football but it just never, . . . I think it was more a mental aspect than anything.
“These last three years have been such a whirlwind. it was great opportunity to play in the NFL. My college career was great, I love Baylor and what they did for me there. Looking back, six years ago if you had told me I’d be in the position I am today, I would have laughed at you. I’m very fortunate and very blessed to be where I am today.”
Where he is now is on a Dolphins team that brought back both starting guards, but has been looking for someone to add some competition to the mix.
That’s not quite the same as being asked to be a cornerstone from the first day on the job, which might be best for all parties involved.