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Dolphins sign Watkins, waive Samuda

The Dolphins have signed guard Danny Watkins, a former first-round pick of the Eagles. To room on the roster for Watkins the team waived guard Josh Samuda.

For Watkins this is a chance to redeem himself after a tough couple of years in Philadelphia. For Samuda, who had a poor preseason moving from center to  guard, his time with the Dolphins is in jeapardy as he is not practice squad eligible. 

The 6-3, 310 pound Watkins joins Miami after spending the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12).  He was selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft. In his career, Watkins has started 18 of the 23 games in which he appeared for the Eagles.  

Watkins was a two-year letter winner and started all 25 games played at Baylor after beginning  his collegiate career at Butte College. As a member of the Bears he earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors as a senior. Born November 6, 1984, Watkins played rugby and hockey at Mt. Boucherie Secondary School in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Watkins is a reclamation project to be sure. He fell out of favor under new head coach Chip Kelly. But even before then, there were questions about his desire and love for the game.

The Dolphins have had success with reclamation projects at guard before with Richie Incognito. Of course, that was under a different head coach and staff.

We'll see.

Watkins signed a one-year contract.

Watkins played 126 snaps in the preseason at right guard and ProFootballFocus.com rated him the 39th best offensive guard in the league. He committed one penalty, gave up one sack, and had a minus-1.2 run blocking grade during those games.

Last year Watkins was ranked the NFL's 54th best offensive guard based on the seven games and 461 snaps he played. He had a minus-4.7 overall grade, allowing just one sack, nine quarterback hurries and committing two penalties.

Watkins was considered a bust in Philadelphia. Bottom line is he is better off in Miami where he comes in as a backup with a chance to prove himself. He has no draft pedigree he needs to live up to here.

If he's only good enough to be a backup, no one will complain. He was, after all, signed to a low-budget deal. If he's good enough to push John Jerry at right guard or eventually succeed Richie Incognito, who is in the final year of his contract, he'll be considered a huge success.

If he isn't very good at all, he'll be another bottom of the roster player that eventually is churned out on waivers.

It's a win-win-win.


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Welcome back Soiled, we've missed your humor.

fin4life @ 1.06pm I still cannot believe the Bills picked Manuel where they did. He really was a reach. I do not get a chance to watch much college football because I am in the UK, but from the clips I managed to get a look at he did not seem good enough for the first 2 rounds.

As for Milliner I will be honest I have not seen the Jets games, because, well it's the Jets, LOL. However the few things I had read said that Milliner was struggling a little. I think at some point MIlliner will be very good, but feel he will be very inconsistent this season. The key for that D will be the play of their DL. If they play hard they could help Milliner and the rest of the secondary a lot. On the other hand with the circus that is their front office they could all give up after 6 games and be rubbish. Which will be no bad thing in my opinion.

I feel the Dolphins have no clue when it comes to spotting talent. That's what makes New England be good year after year. Ex. Wes Welker. In the case of A.J. Francis, the dolphins just blew this one. I feel he'll be a great talent in a year or two. But the dolphins couldn't see this. And they continue on that path.

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