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Eagles waive former first-round pick G Danny Watkins

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Danny Watkins lasted just two seasons in Philadelphia. (USATSI)

Two and a half years after using a first-round pick on Danny Watkins to bolster the offensive line, the Eagles waived the former Baylor standout and one-time firefighter on Saturday.

Watkins arrive in Philadelphia as a 26-year-old rookie. He was lauded by then-coach Andy Reid for his tenacity, something he was supposed to add to an Eagles' o-line that struggled in 2012 with injuries and inconsistencies.

"He'll bring toughness and a blue-collar attitude to the offense," Reid said at the time. "He's very powerful in the core and in his jam. Those are hard things to teach and he has that."

It never happened, of course. Watkins started 23 games at guard over two seasons but never did live up to his first-round pedigree. And now he joins some 700 other players looking for work less than a week before the 2013 regular-season opener.

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