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April 29, 2011 | By Daily News staff
Who: Danny Watkins The pick: First round, 23rd overall Born: Nov. 6, 1984 (age 26) College: Baylor Position: Offensive lineman Size: 6-4/310 pounds Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada High school: Mount Boucherie Secondary. He did not play football in high school. He played hockey and rugby. "When you're 270 pounds in 12th grade, there weren't many players in the NHL that size," he said of his switch to football. No spring chicken: Watkins is the oldest first-round pick since Oklahoma's Billy Sims, 25, was picked No. 1 overall by the Lions in 1980.
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August 2, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Danny Watkins waited 26 years. What was another five days? Apparently, it was a lot. "This is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. That's for sure," Watkins said after he and the Eagles agreed to a four-year contract on Monday. "Ever since I got in Philly I've been chomping at the bit to get in. " But Watkins had to wait as his representation and the Eagles had a five-day standoff during training camp. The issue was the number of guaranteed years.
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November 6, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howard Mudd admits it now: It would have been a miracle if Danny Watkins had started in the Eagles' opener. When Andy Reid decided just before the regular season to demote Watkins, the Eagles coach checked off a bunch of reasons the team's top draft pick was not yet prepared to start: He missed the first two weeks of training camp because of contract negotiations. Already behind because of the NFL lockout, he had to learn Mudd's different blocking technique. He had to go from playing left tackle at Baylor to playing right guard.
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November 13, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles guard Danny Watkins might return this week after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. Coach Andy Reid said Watkins is "making progress" and "there's a chance" Watkins could practice this week. That is more encouraging than Reid's description of the injury during the last few weeks. If Watkins returns, Reid might shuffle a struggling offensive line. Dennis Kelly has started in place of Watkins, although Kelly is a natural tackle who could replace King Dunlap at right tackle.
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October 26, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Watkins missed Thursday's practice with a sprained ankle, and the status of the Eagles' starting right guard for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons is uncertain. "I gave him a breather today, and then I'm just going to see from [trainer Rick Burkholder] how he does," coach Andy Reid said. "If I have to give him a breather tomorrow, I'll give him a breather tomorrow, and then we'll see where we go from there. " Rookie Dennis Kelly filled in during Thursday's practice and will start if Watkins cannot play.
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November 15, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Watkins returned to practice Wednesday, which meant another shuffling of the Eagles offensive line. With Watkins back at right guard, Dennis Kelly slid to right tackle and King Dunlap switched sides and replaced Demetress Bell at left tackle. Watkins missed the last three games with an ankle injury. Coach Andy Reid had said that the injury was "chronic" and that the offensive lineman was having trouble moving laterally. Before practice, Watkins said he expected to be ready for Sunday's game at Washington.
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November 4, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If they were drinking truth serum down at the NovaCare, instead of the usual mix of delusion and denial, the Eagles would admit that they shouldn't have drafted Danny Watkins in the first round of the 2011 draft. As is often the case, getting Andy Reid and company to say they goofed isn't easy. Sometimes, the Eagles coach doesn't have to say a word. His actions speak louder. Then there are those times when you have to connect the dots. With Watkins, it's too early to label the offensive lineman a bust, even if he turns 28 in two days.
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January 17, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and left tackle Jason Peters were named to the Pro Football Weekly-Professional Football Writers of America all-NFL team on Monday. Right guard Danny Watkins was named to the all-rookie team. Coach of the year was the San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh. The group named Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers the MVP. Former Eagles kicker David Akers shared the Golden Toe award (best placekicker or punter) with 49ers teammate Andy Lee.
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August 3, 2012
Crunch Time is a compilation of notable hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp at Bethlehem.   There was no live hitting Thursday, just some "thud" sessions in which players collide but don't wrap up. Maybe that will help Derek Landri explain getting run over by LeSean McCoy. Joselio Hanson tried to jump the route, but DeSean Jackson plucked the Michael Vick pass away from him and took it to the house. Fletcher Cox really went after Danny Watkins in the 1-on-1 line drills, earning praise from Jim Washburn.
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August 4, 2011
Here are some things to expect at Eagles camp on Thursday: Top pick Danny Watkins is struggling at right guard after missing the first few days of camp, so keep an eye out to see whether he looks sharper today. Maybe DeSean Jackson will show up, too. Workouts are set at 8:05 for the morning practice and 2:45 for the afternoon walk-through. Special-teams coach Bobby April is scheduled to speak to the media, so check out our Birds' Eye View blog for a real-time update.
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March 7, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
The Philadelphia Eagles celebrated the single most important roster achievement for any NFL team last week when they identified and signed a quarterback the organization believes can lead it successfully for years. Other accomplishments in terms of recruiting, drafting, and landing players don't just merely take a backseat to settling on a quarterback. Those moves are on a different bus altogether. If there was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the general public - and there is always an undercurrent of dissatisfaction in Philadelphia - it was because keeping Sam Bradford with a two-year contract that short-circuited a spin of the free-agency wheel represented a move that was slightly boring.
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January 20, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Jeffrey Lurie took questions about the firing of Chip Kelly three weeks ago, he was very clear on one point - hiring the guy hadn't worked. It was a bold move, and encompassed a bold vision, but as with those nascent fliers who fashioned their own feathered wings and jumped off the garage, sometimes being bold can be overrated. That brings us to the impending press conference to introduce Doug Pederson as the new head coach of the Eagles. On a scale of Zero to Bold, Pederson's hire ranks somewhere between Timid and Prudent.
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November 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a story about Danny Watkins and the Eagles, and it bears mentioning because the team's current top draft pick is struggling as much as the fireman did in his first NFL season. The Eagles knew from almost the first practice that Watkins didn't have what it took to perform in the pros, and certainly not at a level expected for a first-round offensive lineman. Before the Eagles had even donned pads in the lockout-delayed 2011 training camp, Andy Reid believed he had seen enough and confided to some in the organization that Watkins was a mental novice when it came to football.
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September 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wade Smith has less than 72 hours to learn the Eagles offense to where he would feel comfortable starting at left guard against the Indianapolis Colts. Once considered a long shot because the Eagles acquired Smith on Tuesday, coach Chip Kelly suggested on Friday that the veteran offensive lineman had the acumen to learn the plays and calls in time for Monday night's game. "Dealing with Wade the last two or three days, I think he's got a really good grasp of what we're trying to do," Kelly said.
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July 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WE WERE reminded once again yesterday, in what Bill Davis said and in what he didn't say, that the Eagles are kind of easing into this whole Marcus Smith thing. Fans might be underwhelmed by the news that Smith yesterday worked with the second defensive unit, after running with the third-stringers much of the spring. Progress, yes, but Smith was the team's first-round draft choice, 26th overall, just a few months back. The organization made it clear when he was drafted that Smith wasn't expected to step into a starting role as a rookie, the way Lane Johnson (2013)
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May 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS NOT easy starting 17 games, playing every right-tackle snap but one over the entire season, as a rookie in Chip Kelly's Eagles offense. Lane Johnson didn't really let on how hard it was; the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft always seemed poised, confident and relaxed when he spoke with reporters. But when his rookie year finally ended with that 26-24 playoff loss to New Orleans, "I was tired," Johnson allowed yesterday, as he took a break from working out at NovaCare in preparation for next week's organized team activity.
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November 1, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WILL fade into Eagles history as little more than a speed bump either on their road to relevance or, if they continue to struggle, on their continued path toward futility. It should not be allowed to fade. The Eagles on Tuesday traded one of the main building blocks for their reconstitution, veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, a seven-game starter, for, essentially, nothing. The more obvious drafting mistakes - guard Danny Watkins and safeties Jaiquawn Jarrett and Nate Allen - overshadowed the more egregious errors in shopping for pro personnel, such as the $3.25 million mistake Sopoaga has been.
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September 11, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - The bloviating over Chip Kelly's Machine Gun offense will be, for the moment, inevitably incomplete. After a mind-blowing performance outside of D.C., the real virtues and problems of his breathless scheme cannot be known for weeks, if not months; maybe years. Fair assessment requires even more polished execution by even more appropriate personnel, and that might be a season or two away; or, for Kelly, it might even be a job or two away. The blitz occasionally seemed to work.
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September 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DANNY WATKINS practiced with his new Miami Dolphins teammates yesterday. Time will tell if being just "Danny Watkins" instead of "first-round draft pick Danny Watkins" will help him be more effective, the hope Eagles general manager Howie Roseman voiced over the weekend. Roseman spoke again of Watkins on Roseman's new 94 WIP radio show last night. "On that evaluation, I was wrong. I thought he was going to be a good player in the league," Roseman said. Reporters in Miami spoke to the Eagles' 2011 first-round pick after practice, Watkins' first public words since the Eagles released him on Saturday.
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September 4, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Eagles gave Danny Watkins his walking papers on Saturday. Sunday passed with him unclaimed on waivers. But on Monday came reports that Andy Reid's 2011 first-round pick has received some interest from another team. According to Grand Slam Sports, the offensive lineman was to have a tryout with the Dolphins. It's unclear when. Watkins played in 23 regular-season games in two seasons with the Birds, making 18 starts.   Canadian club for Tebow? The Montreal Alouettes hold the CFL negotiating rights for Tim Tebow.
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