Watkins provides versatility to secondary

July, 9, 2014
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The Philadelphia Eagles coveted a versatile defensive back in May’s NFL draft.

To address that, the Eagles selected Florida’s Jaylen Watkins, a multi-faceted player who started at both cornerback and safety with the Gators, in the fourth round.

It remains to be seen how many snaps Watkins will receive when the regular season starts, but he’s been impressive so far.

"Obviously a very, very talented young man,” Eagles assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght told Phillymag.com. “He has great ball skills. (In early June) he made an unbelievable interception -- probably one of the best interceptions that we had during the OTA program. He's still learning to work at the professional level. I think he needs to learn how to push himself out of his comfort zone. There will be times where he is cruising a little bit.

“I think mentally he thinks that he is working really hard, but he still needs to push himself a little bit more. But he'll grow into that because it's difficult to come from the collegiate level and just get it right away. It takes some time, but I think he's a smart enough player where he'll pick up everything really fast.”

It might be difficult for Watkins to play ahead of Brandon Boykin, Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher and Nolan Carroll. But there’s always special teams.

“I see him being a major contributor on special teams and playing a role on the defensive side of the ball this year,” Lyght told Phillymag.com.

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