November 4, 2012 |
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.
October 4, 2012 |
Demetress Bell said that he took most of the first-team snaps during Eagles practice Wednesday, an indication that he will start at left tackle Sunday against Pittsburgh even though King Dunlap returned. "We'll have to see what tomorrow is," Bell said. Earlier, Andy Reid did not name Dunlap as his starter even though two weeks ago when the tackle was first injured, the Eagles coach said the job was still Dunlap's. "I'll cross that bridge when we get there," Reid said before practice.
August 2, 2011 |
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.
April 29, 2011 |
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.
November 6, 2011 |
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.
October 26, 2012 |
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.
November 13, 2012 |
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.
November 15, 2012 |
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.
May 14, 2013 |
Part one of a series. The Eagles gather for their first "organized team activity" - otherwise known as "practice" - on Monday. It will also be the first time Chip Kelly has the entire 90-man roster on the field together. He will spend the next four weeks evaluating his team and organizing his depth chart before a month-and-a-half break before training camp. But Zach Berman and I will get you up to date on the roster and spend the next two weeks assessing where the Eagles stand at each spot.
May 15, 2013 |
As expected, Todd Herremans was moved to right guard after the Eagles took tackle Lane Johnson with their first overall draft pick. Herremans played every snap with the first-team offense on Monday, the first day of organized team activities. Johnson did not run with the starters - he had only a three-day rookie minicamp under his belt before Monday - but that is certainly the expectation. In Johnson's place was second-year lineman Dennis Kelly. Jason Peters was at his usual spot at left tackle.