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Watkins responds to Roseman comments

Danny Watkins seems like a good guy. Whether he's a good player, we shall see eventually.

I know this, the Dolphins' time with Josh Samuda was played out. Samuda got a very good chance to win a starting job this preseason. It was probably a better chance than he deserved because one player (John Jerry) got hurt and another player (Lance Louis) was fighting to come back from knee surgery. Samuda couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.

And so in steps Watkins, a former first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, who was cut from that team a couple of days ago after only two seasons with the club. It seems like a good move.

But there are questions.

If you read what Eagles GM Howard Roseman said about Watkins in the last post you know it's quite an indictment when an NFL GM says a player has shown little toughness.

I asked Watkins his thoughts about Roseman's comment.

"I got to Philadelphia and it was just a rough go from the get-go," Watkins said. "I felt like it just got broken down to bones and never got built back. It was more a mental thing. I was very disappointing to 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 a mental aspect than anything.

"These last three years have been such a whirlwind. it was great opportunity to play in the NFL. My college career was great, I love Baylor and what they did for me there. Looking back, six years ago if you had told me I'd be in the position I am today, I would have laughed at you. I'm very fortunate and very blessed to be where I am today."

Watkins picked the Dolphins over another NFL team, he said. He declined to specify what team. I asked him if he believes this is his last chance to find an NFL home.

"I'm very excited to be here and I know Miami has a, well the past history with the players here" Watkins said. "So this is huge for me. Like I said, it's the most exciting thing that's happened to me and I'm going to take full advantage of the opportunity and make the best of it."

The Dolphins asked Watkins to work at snapping the football some on Monday. Is he a viable backup center?

It doesn't sound like it right away.

"I was a tackle in college. and guard in the NFL," he said.

Watkins said he's comfortable playing either left or right guard. 

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin declined to say who the backup center is now that Samuda is gone. He cited competitive reasons for declining to answer.


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As part of the original debate poster Mike rehashed you remember we discussed it in the context of Jerry's injury and the fact Pouncey had been a "Natural Guard" by definition of term when drafted. I'm not advocating moving him today but if I got myself a serviceable Center and my best starting 5 meant moving Pouncey I would that's my argument in a nut shell!

I agree. I would prefer Simms over Clay also. Clay has had his chance to step up and get it and I don't think his ceiling gets any higher than it is right now. Sure Simms needs a lot more work and my opinion is that there is no better way to get that knowledge and know how than some "OJT" (On the Job Training) and starting him from the get go will do nothing but improve him. I think the kid has a lot of potential so why not start developing him now and look to the future not just this year.

I'm not advocating moving him today but if I got myself a serviceable Center and my best starting 5 meant moving Pouncey I would that's my argument in a nut shell!

Posted by: fin4life | September 04, 2013 at 01:00 AM

This.....I agree

odinseye | September 04, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Spent countless hours over a few Yrs debating Football with you to the point I feel as if I really knew you and can't remember were the conversation ever got grade school over a differing opinion?? I stress it because apparently others feel were confrontational when disagreed with and I feel were just pretty passionate about our points of views on the game of Football until insults go to over the top and even then I've let plenty slide given it really can get juvenile.

Clay fully understanding his position after the Keller injury proceeded to give one of the flattest performances I ever saw out of a player in Tampa tune-up. We've all seen the route running wasn't the sharpest but the effort as replay showed with no effort to fake defender ect... Was very disheartening without mentioning the dropped TD which we know was routine with Keller. I would live with the rookie mistakes and get Sims on the field early and often.

I'm out later !


I'd vouch for you anytime. I've never witnessed you being petty or vindictive in your encounters here. I mean, unless ridiculously provoked.

But I think we all have that in us and we can only take so much before we have to take a stand.

You're All Aces In My Book Kid(To the voice James Cagney)-LOL.

Clay is just a lot farther along in the offense than Sims. Clay can't run routes but no one would care if he would have held on to the TD.
I'm pretty sure we'll draft another TE...

no one is could be that pathetic,

Posted by: Craig M | September 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM

Craig has trouble with the English language.

think i will check out the jets blog,gotta be more pleasant.

I remember, during the Dolphins SB years and in a very important Game, the Baltimore Colts for some reason could not run against us. Then Unitas started to take 3 step drops and releasing short passes 4 yds, handed off for 2 yds, another quick pass for 5 yds and he dinked and dunked us and he beat us in that Game. Do we have anybody now that can call that kind of Game? I don't think so. Unless it is Pat Devlin.

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