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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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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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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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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 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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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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June 1, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
IT HAS BEEN a while now since Danny Watkins worked as a firefighter, back home in British Columbia, but the fire hall will always be a big part of his identity. One of the first things Watkins did when he arrived last year from Baylor after being drafted by the Eagles in the first round was make friends in the Philadelphia firefighting community. One of the best friends Watkins made, Fran Cheney, from Ladder 10, was injured in the April 9 fire at the former Buck Hosiery factory in Kensington, a blaze in which Philadelphia Fire Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney died.
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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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September 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
AT SOME POINT during the long weekend in which we didn't publish a newspaper, you probably heard and read pretty much all you cared to hear or read about Danny Watkins. But teams don't give up on first-round draft picks after 2 years very often; the Eagles hadn't done that since they acknowledged their terrible error in the 1997 drafting of defensive end Jon Harris. So some sort of postmortem is required for the departure of the man who epitomizes the futility of the Eagles' 2011 draft, and underlines the personnel mistakes that paved Andy Reid's road to Kansas City.
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September 4, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY really had us going, didn't he? All that "May the best man win" stuff. All that "Every job is open for competition. " And then, after the blood was let, there were zero surprises on Kelly's first Eagles roster. Zero. Kelly, early in training camp, listed co-starters at quarterback, when one guy fit his offense like a New England accent fits in Philly sports (there's a lot of that going on these days). Making Michael Vick watch Nick Foles run Kelly's read-option scheme would be like making Kelly put his best receiver and his most professional player, Jason Avant, at safety for a day. Avant, all along clearly the only choice in the slot, should drop two passes just to get even . . . but then, Avant lacks that sort of malice.
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September 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were several surprises when the Eagles announced their 53-man roster Saturday, but nit-picking over why unknowns such as Jeff Maehl beat out Greg Salas or Casey Matthews survived and Chris McCoy didn't just illustrated the lack of depth on the team. The Eagles are building from the bottom up, even if there is some optimism about new coach Chip Kelly and his offense eight days before the regular season opens in Washington. Asked if he thought the Eagles had enough depth to win games this season, general manager Howie Roseman responded with a question of his own. "Which side of the ball are you talking about?"
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September 1, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HERE'S MY CRACK at the 53-man roster the Eagles must end up with by 6 p.m. today, working with who was still around after yesterday's cut from 75 to 62, not inferring any additions. The Eagles might pick up several players as other teams cut down; that would knock some guys who've made my 53 off the bubble. Quarterback: Of course, Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. I have been told Dennis Dixon retains practice-squad eligibility in what I believe to be his 15th NFL season, because he hasn't played in nine career games, or spent three seasons on a practice squad.
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