The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster Sunday releasing 12 players getting down to 76 currently on the active roster and must make one final cut before Tuesday’s 4pm deadline to be under the mandated 75.
Danny Watkins could very well be that player.
Watkins, a former 2011 first round draft choice, has failed to live up to those expectations in his three-year career, which may grant him amnesty as the team makes one final attempt to get the most of the Baylor product. However, his average training camp may not be enough to stave off the Turk’s call this week.
When Todd Herremans missed practice time with various injuries this camp, it was journeyman Allan Barbre, and not Watkins, who stepped into the starting lineup. Watkins himself missed the team’s second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers with a concussion, which certainly will not help his cause.
It seems as though the only thing that has granted Watkins even second-team reps during practice this summer is veteran Dennis Kelly undergoing back surgery earlier in camp.
While being far from a state secret that 28-year old Watkins struggled under former offensive line coach Howard Mudd, it’s worth noting that it was Mudd who lobbied for the Eagles to select an offensive lineman who only started playing the game at age 22 in the first place. Mudd is no longer here and neither is the excuse for Watkins’ lackluster performance and current depth chart position.
The Eagles must be down to their final 53-man roster by Saturday at 4pm, and if Watkins fails to impress on Thursday night against the New York Jets in the final preseason game, it isn’t a stretch by any means that he could be summoned to the head coach’s office with his playbook well before then.
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