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Eagles release former first-round pick Watkins

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Former first-round pick Danny Watkins was released by the Philadelphia Eagles along with nine other roster hopefuls as the team reduced its roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.

Watkins, the 23rd overall pick out of Baylor in 2011, played just four years of competitive football -- the last two as an offensive tackle in Waco -- before the Eagles drafted him at age 26.

He started 12 games as a rookie at right guard, but that number was cut in half before he was benched last season.

Watkins is the first Eagles first-rounder to be released after just two seasons with the club since Jon Harris in 1999

Philadelphia also cut ties with veteran tight end Clay Harbor, wide receivers Greg Salas and Russell Shepard, offensive tackle Michael Bamiro, running back Matthew Tucker, linebackers Chris McCoy and Travis Long and safety David Sims.

Harbor played in 39 games over his three seasons in Philadelphia, snaring 47 catches for 421 yards and four touchdowns.

The Eagles will open their regular season on Sept. 9, when they visit the Washington Redskins.

08/31 16:20:19 ET