It happens quickly in the NFL: One moment you're the starter, the next you're not even dressing and may not dress for weeks, if at all.
That's Danny Watkins' tale. The Eagles top draft pick was the starting right guard a little over a week ago. Now he's on the bench and wasn't even active in the opener against the Rams on Sunday. According to everyone involved in the decision -- including the rookie -- it was the prudent move.
"I don't think relieved is the right word," Watkins said Monday at the NovaCare Complex a day after the Eagles toppled St. Louis, 31-13. "Obviously, I'm chomping at the bit to get out there. I want to go out there when I'm 100 percent, mentally and physically prepared. I think physically it's there, but mentally I just need to continue to get the reps."
Watkins started all through the preseason, but was replaced by Kyle DeVan last Monday, just a day after the Eagles picked the former Colt up off waivers. With so many new pieces on the offensive line, that also included moving Todd Herremans from left guard to right tackle, Eagles coach Andy Reid couldn't further risk injury to quarterback Michael Vick.