Watkins (knee) is in contention for the starting free safety job, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Watkins suffered a torn ACL during the 2018 preseason, but he's expected to be back to full health for the start of the team's offseason program. Rayshawn Jenkins likely has a leg up on the starting spot if only because he was able to play last season, but Watkins was pushing Jahleel Addae, who has since been released, for more playing time before suffering the untimely injury.
Watkins (knee) signed a one-year contract extension with the Chargers on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Watkins tore his ACL during the 2018 preseason and missed the entire campaign. The Chargers will retain the 26-year-old and likely test him out in a special teams role, considering their well-stocked secondary. It's yet to be determined whether Watkins will be ready for the offseason program.
Watkins (knee) is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday, Jack Wang of The Press-Enterprise reports. Watkins is battling for snaps with the Chargers, but he'll likely settle for a special teams role if he makes the 53-man roster. A serious injury would derail those plans altogether, though. The results of his evaluation should be available in the next day or two.
Watkins signed a one-year contract with the Chargers on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Watkins was used sparingly by the Eagles last season, finishing with 17 tackles as a reserve secondary player. The 25-year-old is expected to perform on special teams and provide depth at cornerback and safety for Chargers.
Watkins recorded 17 tackles (16 solo) in 12 games for the Eagles in 2017. Watkins served as a reserve option in Philadelphia's secondary, and his only significant production came with seven solo tackles in the 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in Week 17. The 26-year-old enters 2018 as a restricted free agent but is far from guaranteed to return to the Eagles.
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