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Eagles release Danny Watkins

Fare thee well, our firefighter friend.


Danny Watkins has been released by the Eagles, according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network:

If there was any doubt about Watkins' status as a 1st round bust, it is now cemented. Watkins lasted just two years with the Eagles after being drafted 23rd overall in the 2011 draft. In reality, it wasn't Watkins' fault the Eagles drafted him so ridiculously high. He was not an elite talent coming out of college, he was extraordinarily old for a rookie, and he played a non-premium position. It was just a horrible pick, through and through.

The Eagles had a bad day in the war room that weekend in general. Here was their 2011 draft haul:

Player Position Round Status
Danny Watkins G 1 Cut after just 2 seasons with the team.
Jaiquawn Jarrett S 2 Cut after just 1 season with the team.
Curtis Marsh CB 3 Currently on the bubble. 4th CB this year, at best.
Casey Matthews LB 4 Currently on bubble, backup ILB, at best.
Alex Henery K 4 Good NFL kicker.
Dion Lewis RB 5 Off-the-field issues, traded for Emmanuel Acho, who may turn out to be a good player.
Julian Vandervelde C/G 5 Cut in each of his first 2 years with the team, likely to stick this year as a backup C/G.
Jason Kelce C 6 Good starting C, with upside.
Brian Rolle LB 6 Cut after one season.
Greg Lloyd LB 7 Never made team.
Stanley Havili FB 7 Played in his second year in 2012, traded for Clifton Geathers.


Watkins didn't help himself when he held out from camp for 5 days his rookie season, despite the lockout-shortened offseason. Being "behind the curve" just seemed to be the theme of his career here.

We'll always have Watkins old jokes.

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