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Watkins To The Rescue

First-round pick Danny Watkins relied on his experience as a firefighter when he went to help his new teammate Mike Patterson, who experience a seizure during Wednesday morning's practice.

"You see something like that and you automatically want to help the guy," Watkins said. "You want to help him even more because he's your teammate. My thoughts and prayers are going to be with him tonight."

Patterson was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he is being tested to see why he experienced the seizure. Patterson has had no complications from the seizure.

"The staff here, they know what they're doing," Watkins said. "You never want to see a player go down like that. The staff said he's going to be fine.

"It's difficult because you see that and you want to go in there and help right away. Those guys are trained professionals. I was trying to help where I could. They're a knowledgable staff here and they know what they're doing."

Watkins agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract on Monday. The No. 23 overall pick in the draft out of Baylor was thrown right into the fire, ironically enough, with the first-team offense at right guard on Wednesday. Watkins said he spent Tuesday, the day off for players, studying film with offensive line coach Howard Mudd for about five or six hours.

After missing the first five days of practice, Watkins knew the first day on the field was going to be a test.

"I knew that today was going to definitely be a mental and physical day and it was. There's definitely a lot of areas I need to improve on. I told Coach (Andy) Reid and Coach Mudd that I'm willing to take some hard coaching to get the job done. I'm looking forward to continue working with them."

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