Danny Watkins Sits Out Practice; Kelly Gets the Reps

Danny Watkins missed practice with an ankle injury Thursday. The second-year guard was on the injury report Wednesday as well, but was listed as a full participant.

Rookie Dennis Kelly got the reps at right guard in Watkins’ absence. The 6-8 rookie played tackle exclusively at Purdue. His only experience at guard has come during training camp and at practice.

“It’s different. It’s got it’s pros and cons just like tackle does,” said Kelly.

“I had known that [Watkins] had rolled up or something but I didn’t know it was going to be that bad. I came in this morning and they told me he wasn’t practicing, so just be ready to take the reps. Just kind of went from there.”

Friday’s practice will go a long way in determining whether Watkins will be a go for Sunday.

Nate Allen (hamstring), Colt Anderson (knee), Kurt Coleman (shoulder), Jon Dorenbos (ankle), Phillip Hunt (calf) and Cedric Thornton (hand) were all full participants Thursday.

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  • We can only imagine what our o-line will look like next year. I have a feeling that only herreman will remain from last week’s game. Unfortunately Watkins isn’t good enough, and this from a first round guard. I’ve watched heaps of other games and our line is the pits, and this coming from a coach who use to be on the O-line.

    Time for a changing of the guard, who will be the next eagles head coach?

    • Can’t start that discussing yet we need something to talk about in November/December.

  • Darby Township Eagle

    Unfortunately, you can only play with the talent you have. if Watkins is average, and he’s starting, that’s not saying too much about the other guys we have.