Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dolphins add former first-round guard Watkins


The Miami Dolphins swapped out offensive linemen on Tuesday, cutting one that earned his spot on the team last year in favor of one who squandered his with the team that drafted him.

Second-year offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who was high on dedication but a little short on natural ability, was released to make room for Danny Watkins, who represents the other side of the spectrum on both traits. The signing was first reported by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Watkins was the 23rd overall pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, and as his free agent availability suggests, struggled mightily at right guard in his first two seasons. He was benched six games into last season and was frequently a healthy scratch.

Brimming with natural talent as a guard prospect coming out of college, Watkins had his very interest in playing football pulled into question by Philadelphia beat reporters this training camp. He'll get a second opportunity to prove that he can stick in the NFL, joining a Dolphins team seeking reliable depth at offensive line.

He replaces Samuda, who earned a roster spot last season as an undrafted rookie. The 24-year-old had an opportunity to win the starting right guard job during this training camp, but a dismal performance against first team competition apparently gave Miami doubt that could even serve as a capable backup.

Watkins' deal is for one-year, according to The Miami Herald.

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