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Eagles Notebook: Watkins fired up in Miami
LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 3:01 AM
DANNY WATKINS practiced with his new Miami Dolphins teammates yesterday. Time will tell if being just Danny Watkins instead of first-round draft pick Danny Watkins will help him be more effective, the hope Eagles general manager Howie Roseman voiced over the weekend.
Roseman spoke again of Watkins on Rosemans new 94 WIP radio show last night. On that evaluation, I was wrong. I thought he was going to be a good player in the league, Roseman said.
Reporters in Miami spoke to the Eagles 2011 first-round pick after practice, Watkins first public words since the Eagles released him on Saturday. His responses hinted at the loss of confidence Roseman said was Watkins downfall here.
I got to Philadelphia and it was just a rough go from the get-go, Watkins said, when asked about his toughness. I felt like it just got broken down to bones and never got built back. It was more of a mental thing. I was very disappointed in myself that it never panned out the way it could. Because I know I can play physical and tough football, but it just never - I think it was more of a mental aspect than anything. More coverageVote: How will RGIII fare against the Eagles? Vote: Which RB is better: Morris or McCoy?Get the latest football news with our mobile apps Poll: How many games will the Eagles win?Buying tickets? Make sure you get a good viewPhotos: Eagles cheerleaders photo shootForum: Will the Eagles make the playoffs? Which running back is better? Alfred Morris (1,613 rushing yards in 2012)LeSean McCoy (840) View results
Watkins, a guard, was asked if he thought this was his last chance. (A Philly reporter might have asked if he loves football as much as he loves firefighting, but the Philly reporters werent there.) Im very excited to be here and I know Miami has a [distinguished history]. So this is huge for me . . . Its the most exciting thing thats happened to me, and Im going to take full advantage of the opportunity and make the best of it, he said.
Vick ready for RGIII
The Eagles were off yesterday, but Michael Vick appeared on 94 WIP with hosts Ike Reese and Michael Barkann. Reese asked Vick about his opening-night matchup against Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been compared to Vick in style and attitude.
Any time you have an opportunity to go against an opponent who has a great quarterback on the other end, it always makes for a great game, it always makes for a great matchup, Vick said. Its something that you always look forward to. Its like Steve Young and Brett Favre back in the day, or Brett Favre and Troy Aikman . . . I watched it, and I was even being competitive for those guys, sitting on the couch. I know what its like. I understand it, I embrace it, man; this is what its all about.
Vick seemed excited about finally taking the wraps off Chip Kellys new Eagles offense. We feel like we have a lot to build on from the preseason. Theres a lot of things we did well, Vick said. We feel like we can push the tempo a little bit more. As time went on, we just got comfortable with what we were doing. We made a lot of minor mistakes that can be corrected.
Barkann wondered if it would be possible to keep all the teams weapons happy.
Theres a lot of balls to go around to everybody, Vick said. Our offense allows everybody to get involved with some of the most intriguing plays . . . Its a very unselfish group.
Just for practice
The Eagles made two practice-squad moves yesterday, adding safety Keelan Johnson and bringing back offensive lineman Isaac Remington, one of Chip Kellys Oregon players who was moved from the defensive line late in training camp, after failing to impress on defense. Practice resumes today for the Monday opener.
Johnson, who turns 24 on Sept. 26, spent training camp with the Dolphins after signing as an undrafted rookie out of Arizona State.
Speaking of safeties, the Eagles released a depth chart yesterday that lists Nate Allen as the starting strong safety opposite Patrick Chung, as expected.
Other depth-chart notes: DeSean Jackson is listed as the top punt returner and Damaris Johnson as the top kickoff returner. Casey Matthews is listed as the top backup for inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
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