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.
Danny Watkins is the first Eagles first-round draft pick released after just two years since 1997 first-round pick Jon Harris.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 31, 2013