The Philadelphia Eagles are approaching the 53-man roster deadline which comes Saturday, August 31, and there will be a lot of difficult choices that need to be made.
One of those difficult choices will involve former first-round pick Danny Watkins. That leads to the question: What should the Eagles do with Watkins? Now most fans will have a simple answer to that, “just cut him”. However, the Eagles can’t go into the regular season with no depth nor experience behind the starters like they did last season. The backups for this team such as Julian Vandervelde, Allen Barbre, Matt Kopa, Dallas Reynolds, and Michael Barimo have little to no experience at the NFL, level and one of these guys will be called upon if an injury occurred. Even the guy that I probably have the most faith in next to Watkins, Dennis Kelly, whose future is up in the air after his back surgery, had a below-average rookie season last year.
It may not be the popular choice, but keeping Watkins might be the best decision for the team. There is very little talent behind the starters, and if Evan Mathis or Todd Heremans goes down then Watkins is the best option. Even if Jason Peters or Lane Johnson goes down the Eagles may have to slide Herremans to either tackle spot and Watkins will have to fill in for Herremans at left guard. At least Watkins has some sort of NFL experience to help anchor down the offensive line in case of an injury, so that reason alone should help Watkins avoid roster cuts.
I’m actually very surprised Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman did not address the issue of depth to the offensive line in the offseason. Obviously the draft pick of Johnson was a huge help, but fans should be concerned if an injury to an offensive lineman happens, because the lack of talent on second and third stringers is a problem.
So as you can see the Eagles can’t afford to just cut Watkins. However, if Watkins is cut then the Eagles somehow have faith in the other backups around him which would be odd. Watkins is bust at this point in his career , but he does bring experience to the table and can be a decent backup for this team.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50