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Update from practice and who is Danny Watkins?

Here's a quick update on what's going on at practice today:

The rookie cornerbacks are still not practicing. Will Davis (ankle) and Jamar Taylor (hernia) missed the second straight day of preparation for the Cleveland Browns.

Davis, in a walking boot Monday, is out of the boot today. He was walking quite gingerly. Interestingly, yesterday Davis wore the boot on his left tankle. The team complained to at least one reporter about writing which ankle was wearing the boot. Today, Davis is wearing wrapping and a sleeve on his right ankle. Pretty sly, those Dolphins.

By the way, The Herald's Adam Beasley has reported Taylor will likely not play against the Browns. Just as well. He was bad in the preseason finale and clearly not ready to compete on an NFL regular-season level.

Long snapper John Denney and quarterback Pat Devlin were also absent from drills today. No reasons for those absenses yet, although Denney's, at least, is believed to be excused for personal reasons.

Newcomer Danny Watkins was at practice today, as expected. I believe the best use for him is as guard-center swing guy. Watkins is a former first-round pick waived by Philadelphia after only two years.

Why the bust in Philly?

The media in Philadelphia questioned his passion for football and Eagles GM Howard Roseman questioned his toughness, which is never good for an offensive lineman. Or a football player.

“When you watched Danny play, the toughness, the hockey-playing aspect of him, never translated to Philadelphia, and that’s one of the things that I told him today, was that when you watched him at Baylor and when you watched him at the Senior Bowl and when you met him, he had this innate toughness about him,” Roseman told CSNPhilly.
 
“You felt like you were getting an enforcer, and he never let himself go here on that, and I don’t know why that was. I told him that was what I was the most confused by. Because that was something that everyone at Baylor told you about and you saw on his play on the field, and I think it all goes back to the pressure he put on himself here."

Roseman interestingly believes a change of scenary will help Watkins.
 
“He put a lot of pressure on himself, and he couldn’t just go out and play, and I think getting away from being Danny Watkins the first-round pick and just being Danny Watkins will really help him,” Roseman said.

Well, that takes care of Watkins' aggressiveness. But the media in Philly also questioned his dedication and passion. It is no secret Watkins' first love is firefighting. He came to the United States to become a fireman, not a football player.

From today's Philadelphia Daily News:

"That photo on the firefighting site Northeastbravest.com the Inquirer uncovered, of Danny dressed out in full Rescue 1 gear at a Northeast Philly fire last Dec. 16, carrying a motorized saw, is really all you need to know about Danny and passion. His passion was for firefighting, which is what he left idyllic Kelowna, British Columbia, to come to the United States to learn more about. He got sidetracked by football. When somebody tells you that you can win a college scholarship, and then make millions of dollars doing something professionally, you pay attention. But paying attention does not put you on the intensity same level as someone who has spent his life hungry to play the game, living it, breathing it.

The Eagles were off that day in December when Danny toted gear around for his fire department buddies. But less than two months earlier, he had left the starting lineup with an ankle problem, and then he’d lost his starting job to journeyman Jake Scott, signed off the street. You’re a recent No. 1 pick consigned to the bench. Wouldn’t you want to spend every extra minute watching tape, perfecting technique, working in the weight room to get bigger and faster?"

Interesting.

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Kris, what truth? LMAO

I'll buy you a dictionary for xmas. Truth is fact, not your suspicion or hunches LMAO

Freaking tardo!

YG is wikitarded

WHAT DOES RELIGON HAVE TO DO WITH THIS STORY ABOUT FOOTBALL WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE GO TO THE RIGHT WEB SITE WITH THIS RACIAL BULLSH.T AND GET OFF THIS SITE !

Hate to break this to u Mondo, but passion and toughness go hand in hand. You guys in the sports media who have never played the game really shows when writing football. Watkins seems like a kid who likes to play but doesnt understand the sports media (who believe they hung the moon). So Philly media began to blast this kid for no passion, no heart, no nothing. But, then, who has yet to meet a sports media type who knows anything about passion or toughness. Sports media types believe "toughness" is a rather hard nipple on a whisky bottle.

I'm in Toronto, and I never see those Argos pop-ups. Mark you need to surf elsewhere man!!lol

you want some truth...

how come NOBODY ELSE on this site has to have annomyous bames come forward and say they are NOT them...

just you WHY GEE....just YOU...

but the rest of us are all TARDS....so were the ones that are crazy....its not you...its US...

Armando is manipulating you posters. As you are not allowed to answer me, heavy posts of mine today btw, you start fighting among each other and creating more hits, for Armando.


you want some truth...

how come NOBODY ELSE on this site has to have annomyous bames come forward and say they are NOT them...

just you WHY GEE....just YOU...

but the rest of us are all TARDS....so were the ones that are crazy....its not you...its US...

Posted by: Kris | September 03, 2013 at 03:36 PM

Is this even in English? WTF are you crying about no? Same old whiny nonsense. Go change your sanitary napkin.

look at me
im 2watt

lol

Does that make me 2watt? God you're dumber than a pc of driftwood. DO you think strippers like you too? Never met a bigger nancy than you.

Coming from the guy who's keyboard took over yourname & was trolling LMAO

YEA OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

same ole is right....

same old argument...same old cowardly act of mutiple name usage...

and wait for it....

same old PRE-WORLD WAR 2 insults..."Nancy"....lol...

what do you hav against women WHY GEE....didn't get enough hugs as a child...

"same old" is SAYING alot....

but don't worry...you can attempt to DEFLECT...by using the SAME OLD grammar police routine....

yeah...that will do it...

DC Dolfan @ 1;06 and Gary Stevens @ 1;01. I DON'T Comment to often on here, i usually just read Mondo's trashing of our team, and the comments. The Miami Herald should hire BOTH of you to write for them, as clearly Mondo has no clue how to get people to want to believe in this team again... GREAT Comments by you both!!!

I am not trying to be negative here but i doubt this move will work out but at least they don't have to pay a ton of Money, the guy needs his head examined if he rather be fire fighter than an NFL player

Id love to see a win in Cleveland but its not gonna happen. Cleveland has more talent and more "balls to the wall" players, they actually hit and tackle, not to mention better coached. We got uncle Joe and aunt Sherman.

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