RSR Danny Watkins

Discussion in 'American Football Talk' started by Rids, May 31, 2013.

  1. Rids

    Rids Member

    May 3, 2012
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    We got asked to clarify our comments regarding Danny Watkins after a “Yardbarker” article claimed that Watkins was on his way to the BC Lions after a bad day at the Philadelphia Eagles OTA (organized team activities).

    First we should back up the bus and pick up some facts for the journey. Starting with the Eagles thought enough of a 26 year old Watkins to draft him in the first round. Yes his age matters as most players that are 26 are, on average, entering their 5th pro season not showing up to rookie camp. Second Watkins has started 18 games in his first two seasons including 11 games his rookie year. The third issue is that he was injured last year and needs to win back that starting job.

    So the comment was made that perhaps the bigger issue for Danny Watkins with the Eagles wasn’t a single day at an off season event but his age. The replies that came were a combination of truth and fiction.

    The NFL myth that offensive linemen are like fine wine and get better with age. Further more that All Stars tend to be older players in their late 20s to mid 30s.

    Looking at the 22 offensive linemen that were selected as starters, back ups and alternates for the most recent Pro Bowl, the average age was 27 years, 10 months and 27 days. The average age of the starters was a shade younger at 27 years, 1 month and 6 days. Jeff Saturday was the oldest of the 22 by far at 37 years. In fact only 6 of the 22 were over 30 years of age (27.27%) and only 1 was a starter.

    Next we looked at 5 random teams (Eagles, Seahawks, Titans, Bears and Cowboys) and their expanded training camp rosters. This included 75 total offensive linemen with an average age of 25 years, 9 months and 27 days. The oldest was Roberto Garza at 34 while three individuals are mere youngsters at 21. Only 3 of the 75 have double digits in NFL playing experience years (4%) showing again that it’s a young man’s game.

    The oldest average of the 5 teams is the Tennessee Titans at 26 years, 9 months and 18 days. The youngest average was the Seattle Seahawks at 24 years and 8 months.

    Expanding the view from the offensive linemen to the entire league the folks at Football Perspective did up the entire league and found the Seahawks were the youngest team at 26 years, 1 month and 6 days while the Atlanta Falcons were the oldest team at 28 years, 9 months and 18 days.

    How does that all pertain to Mr. Watkins? Well he’s right at the average age for a player in the NFL and is entering his third NFL season. As a first round draft pick he’s still in the rookie pay scale for his first contract which is just fine if he’s the starter but few teams in the NFL will pay such a large contract for a full time back up. It is a business after all and many final decisions are made weighing part potential, part results and part salary. Watkins has the potential, has the results (18 starts) and has a starters wage.

    Now beyond that the chance of Watkins ending up in the CFL this year are still very slim. Even if the Eagles pass on him it would be highly likely that he’d be unemployed for a only a short time. Keep waiting Lions fans, keep waiting.

  2. iso_55

    iso_55 Member

    May 1, 2012
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    Only in the CFL are all star OL in their mid to late 30's by & far.... It only makes sense. Not many OL coming out of the CIS can step in & play right away unlike the high draft picks in the NFL who are mostly ready to step in... So, it takes a number of years for a Canadian OL from the CIS to becomea starter on a CFL team & then a number of more years on average to become all stars at that position. In the NFL, the young guys are more game ready so they push the vets out the door. In the CFL, the exact opposite.

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