National Football League
             === 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