Kelly Seeks To Keep Starting Job At Right Guard

Andy Reid made it sound today like Danny Watkins is unlikely to be ready Monday night, meaning rookie Dennis Kelly should expect to get his second straight start at right guard.

“I thought I was very aggressive,” Kelly said, when asked to offer a self-evaluation from last week. “I took the techniques that Howard [Mudd] has been preaching and executed them pretty well. I was a little unhappy on how I did with blockers on the second level, dealing with linebackers. I know one play in particular, I opened up too much and crossed my feet, and the backer went right under me. I just have to work on being disciplined with going over an open space.”

Watkins is dealing with an ankle injury that Reid termed “chronic” last week.

“This will pass here,” Reid said. “It’s not where it’s going to be career-ending or anything like that.”

But the possibility exists that Kelly could play himself into the starting job. Watkins was inconsistent through the first seven games, and Reid was asked if the former first-round pick will definitely get his job back once he’s healthy.

“I want to see how he feels, and then once he gets in there, we’ll take it from there and see how he does,” Reid said, choosing not to offer a definitive “yes” to the question.

As for Kelly, he didn’t hide his enthusiasm for possibly winning the job.

“Hopefully, if I keep playing at a high level, if they give me the spot, hopefully I can run with it,” he said.

Have coaches told him that opportunity exisits?

“Some players have talked about it, just saying, ‘If you’re in there, you’re in there for a reason,’” Kelly said. “Obviously, Danny’s hurt, but there were other options they could have put in. They are telling me to approach it like you can take it, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m just trying to obviously help the team win, but if I can get the starting spot, that’d be great.”

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  • morgan c

    There is a very good chance Kelly will be an upgrade over Watkins. If that proves to be the case, great, it means we have a competent right guard. It also would prove definitively that Watkins was a terrible pick, but I fear that is already known to be a fact. Sigh.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Hey, competition at a position! You’ll never hear anyone say this is a bad thing. Bring it on!

  • BlindChow

    I’m just glad they got the rookie wage scale in place before signing Watkins last year…

  • fran35

    Am I the only one who doesn’t believe that Watkins is actually hurt? I think the fact that he is a bust and playing horribly may factor into the “chronic ankle injury that has never been an issue before”. I think he is an absolute bust and is a huge reason that Howie will take his act back to Fantasy Football next year. The last few years drafting has been deplorable.

    • Mac

      First of all, I’m very slow to label any player a “bust.” Having said that I think we are finally close to where we can say Watkins is so I agree mostly with your first half.

      However your conclusion that somehow this one draft pick makes the drafting “deplorable” is short sighted at best. Watkins was a highly regarded Guard prospect in that draft. Roseman admitted that the team drafted him for “need” not bpa. With the ’12 board being worked the way it was I don’t see how you can’t see that Roseman is learning from past mistakes, and possibly even taking more control of the process… My guess is that the Graham and Watkins picks were both pushed by Reid. And if you want to honestly evaluate those picks based on the information we had at the time of the draft, they were both very highly regarded picks at their respective positions, so it’s not like Roseman has some history of taking a flyer on overrated prospects. The one overrated prospect I’ll definitely agree on is Jarrett. But overall I think Roseman is at least solid (B- grade) and I would argue pretty good (B+) guy running the draft for the team with potential to get even better.

      • fran35

        First of all, I am glad that you consider Watkins a bust-your judgement is not flawed in that regard.
        However, your referrence to the Roseman drafts as a B+ grade is laughable and “short sighted at best”. Lets look at this briefly, starting in 2010:
        #13 Brandon Graham DE Michigan
        #37 Nate Allen S USF
        #86 Daniel Te’o-Nesheim DE Washington
        #105 Trevard Lindley CB Kentucky
        #121 Keenan Clayton LB Oklahoma
        #122 Mike Kafka QB Northwestern
        #125 Clay Harbor TE Missouri State
        #135 Ricky Sapp DE Clemson
        #159 Riley Cooper WR Florida
        #200 Charles Scott RB LSU
        #220 Jamar Chaney LB Mississippi State
        #243 Jeff Owens DT Georgia
        #244 Kurt Coleman S Ohio State

        PLEASE, SHOW ME THE IMPACT PLAYER FROM THIS DRAFT. Graham is not a bust, but not a starter. Our third rounder-Teo Nesheim-was cut after his first year.
        Definitely not a B+ on this draft….moving on….
        2011 Draft
        1st: Danny Watkins (OG) Baylor
        2nd: Jaiquawn Jarrett (S) Temple
        3rd: Curtis Marsh (CB) Utah St
        4th: Casey Matthews (ILB) Oregon
        4th: Alex Henery (K) Nebraska
        5th: Dion Lewis (RB) Pittsburgh
        5th: Julian Vandervelde (OG) Iowa
        6th: Jason Kelce (C) Cincy
        6th: Brian Rolle (OLB) Ohio St
        7th: Greg Lloyd (ILB) UConn
        7th: Stanley Havili (FB) USC

        Watkins is a bust. You do not take a Guard in the first round unless he is a future pro bowler. I really dont care what arguements you want to make regarding “many experts had him highly regarded”. He was a first round pick that was a reach and it has turned out horribly. I am not even going to touch the Jarrett pick. Currently we are starting one of these picks in Havili. Kelce is a player, but the rest of the draft is garbage.
        NOT A B+ draft, not even close…..

        2012 is too early to be evaluated, so the jury remains out. However, to state that Roseman is a B+ drafter in his time as GM is “short sighted at best”.

        Time’s yours.

      • fran35

        2011 Draft
        1st: Danny Watkins (OG) Baylor
        2nd: Jaiquawn Jarrett (S) Temple
        3rd: Curtis Marsh (CB) Utah St
        4th: Casey Matthews (ILB) Oregon
        4th: Alex Henery (K) Nebraska
        5th: Dion Lewis (RB) Pittsburgh
        5th: Julian Vandervelde (OG) Iowa
        6th: Jason Kelce (C) Cincy
        6th: Brian Rolle (OLB) Ohio St
        7th: Greg Lloyd (ILB) UConn
        7th: Stanley Havili (FB) USC

        Watkins is a bust. You do not take a Guard in the first round unless he is a future pro bowler. I really dont care what arguements you want to make regarding “many experts had him highly regarded”. He was a first round pick that was a reach and it has turned out horribly. I am not even going to touch the Jarrett pick. Currently we are starting one of these picks in Havili. Kelce is a player, but the rest of the draft is garbage.
        NOT A B+ draft, not even close…..finally……

        • Wilbert M.

          The 2011 draft was a disaster. Kelce is OK, but was Jamaal Jackson really done? Henery is OK, but we could have held onto Akers. Havili is OK, but so was Schmitt. Meanwhile, we have no safeties, no OL depth and no talent on special teams. The draft strategy seems a lot like Andy’s game strategy – stubbornly lock in, don’t listen to reason and hope you’re smarter than everyone else.

    • philliesfan136

      @fran35, You and me are on the exact same page. Fire Howie Roseman too, and hire Marc Ross from the Giants.

  • Austin

    @fran35:disqus I also think Watkins may be “injured” instead of injured.

    • philliesfan136

      @ Austin, I believe the quotation marks represent sarcasm. I believe as many do that Danny Watkins stinks, and was a terrible draft pick, and the reason he is sitting, is not a injury, but the teams reluctance to admit another, in a long, long line of bizarre draft picks, over the Andy Reid / Howie Roseman regime.