Following a holdout at the beginning of training camp, a disappointing training camp, and a dismal preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have benched first-round draft pick Danny Watkins.
Watkins’ spot will be taken by Kyle DeVan, who was just signed by the team a few days ago.
DeVan played with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010, starting 21 games. He was the starter in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints. And DeVan also played with Howard Mudd, who was the Colts’ offensive line coach at the time.
Personally, I think the move comes at the right time. Watkins was probably the single most disappointing player of training camp and the preseason, and it only makes sense to put him on the bench for the first game (or more).
If DeVan struggles, I’d go back to Watkins, but my prediction is that DeVan plays well and Watkins ends up starting over Evan Mathis at left guard.