The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive guard and former first-round pick Danny Watkins. There has actually been no official word from the Dolphins on a deal, but Jason La Canfora of CBSSports reported on Monday night that one was imminent between Miami and the ex-Philadelphia Eagle.
And with news of guard/center Josh Samuda being let go this morning, courtesy of an announcement on his twitter account, it’s fairly obvious that Watkins is now a Dolphin. As you can see by my tweet from Monday night, I agree with Miami’s decision to cut Samuda:
If the report is true and Watkins will soon be a Dolphin, team must cut someone. No need for 10 OL. If it was my choice, I'm cutting Samuda
— Dolphins Gab (@DolphinsGab) September 3, 2013
Yes, this move might be a tad bit surprising to some, being that Samuda started three of the team’s five exhibition games. But unfortunately, Samuda’s play was just that bad. His run blocking was adequate on occasion, but he proved to be a complete liability in pass pro.
Samuda was expected to backup Mike Pouncey at center, though, so now the Dolphins would likely entrust Nate Garner with those duties if need be. Two alternatives would be moving left guard Richie Incognito inside to center, where he spent time during his tenure in St. Louis, or promoting center Sam Brenner from the practice squad.
As for Watkins, the 28-year-old veteran wasn’t available for a lack of talent. The former Baylor Bear has plenty of it, which explains why the Eagles made him the 23rd overall pick in April of 2011. There are questions about his passion for the game, however, which presumably made him expendable for Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly.
Watkins, at the very least, provides the Dolphins’ offensive line with depth after the preseason revealed they had very little. But I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Miami eventually gave him the opportunity to start ahead of John Jerry at right guard.
The Dolphins already tried to replace Jerry with the signing of Lance Louis in March. Louis was never healthy enough to seriously compete, and now that he’s out of the picture, finding a new potential replacement for Jerry was in order.
If Watkins can demonstrate the drive, he certainly has the ability to crack the starting lineup at some point this season.
Danny Watkins to the Dolphins a done-deal. A one-year contract, I'm told.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 3, 2013