Well, apparently the Eagles don’t like it when their starting right guard comes out and says he feels “overwhelmed” by the NFL, either.
According to CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank, Danny Watkins has been benched in favor of former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Kyle DeVan. DeVan, the 26-year-old Oregon State product, started 21 games over the last two seasons for the Colts.
It was obvious throughout the preseason that the Eagles were concerned about Watkins progress, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that the Eagles brought in a player like DeVan. Still, that DeVan was handed the starting job that quickly comes as a bit of a shock, and it speaks volumes of just how little confidence the Eagles have in Watkins right now.
From this standpoint, I like the move. There’s little time for growing pains in any season, particularly one with expectations as great as this one. The idea that the Eagles offensive line will gel over time is a nice thought, but in the NFL there’s little time to waste. The Eagles need to put the best players on the field from the jump, regardless if it comes at the expense of benching a guy who was penciled in as a starter from the time he was drafted in April. In years past, the Eagles would have been complacent and let things blow up in their face before making a move (i.e. Greg Lewis as a punt returner in 2007), so the proactive approach is refreshing.
Now, let’s just hope DeVan can get the job done.