Pat Watkins

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Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1982-12-18) December 18, 1982 (age 38)
Tallahassee, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Lincoln
(Tallahassee, Florida)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2006  / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:53
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at CFL.ca

Patrick Watkins (born December 18, 1982) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. He also was a member of the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Florida State University.

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Early years

Watkins attended Tallahassee's Lincoln High School and was a part of two state titles. As a junior, he registered 126 tackles and 5 interceptions.

As a senior, he tallied 140 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 6 kickoff returns for touchdowns. He received All-state, USA Today All-American and Parade magazine All-American honors.

College career

Watkins accepted a football scholarship from Florida State University. As a freshman, he appeared in 11 games as a backup, while making 10 tackles.

As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games, making 62 tackles (fifth on the team), 3 interceptions (tied for the team lead) and 8 passes defensed (third on the team). His first career start came in the 2004 Orange Bowl against the University of Miami.

As a junior, he started in all 12 games, posting 56 tackles, 4 interceptions (tied for second in the conference), 10 passes defensed (second on the team), 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries (tied for the team lead).

As a senior, he appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts, registering 77 tackles (third on the team) and 3 interceptions (tied for the team lead).

He finished his college career after playing in 49 straight games (23 starts) at both safety and cornerback, while recording 10 interceptions.

Professional career

Pre-draft

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2006, Watkins measured in at 6-foot-5 and 211 pounds, while posting a 40-yard-dash times of 4.42 seconds. [1]

Dallas Cowboys

Watkins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he appeared in 14 games with 9 starts. He registered 49 tackles (led rookies in the NFL), 3 interceptions (second among rookies in the NFL), 6 passes defensed, 4 special teams tackles, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also became one of the tallest safeties in NFL history. He was declared inactive in the fifth and sixth games, as Keith Davis took over the starting position for the next 6 contests. He returned to action in the tenth game against the Arizona Cardinals in a backup role, making his first career interception.

In 2007, he became a core special teams player as a gunner. He posted 30 tackles, one interception, 3 passes defensed, 25 special teams tackles (led the team) and also returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. He missed 2 games with an ankle injury.

In 2008, he was moved from free to strong safety, but he didn't demonstrate the tackle technique needed for run support, finishing with 15 tackles, 9 special teams tackles (eighth on the team). He missed 8 games with a neck injury and was placed on the injured reserve list on December 2.

In 2009, he collected 22 tackles and 18 special teams tackles (second on the team). [2] He appeared in 13 games with one start, before spraining his left PCL in the thirteenth game. He missed the remainder of the regular season, but returned for the playoffs.

On August 30, 2010, he was released after missing the first 3 preseason games with a knee injury. [3]

San Diego Chargers

On November 15, 2010, he was signed by the San Diego Chargers, with the intention of improving their special teams. On December 16, he was placed on the injured reserve list, after re-aggravating his previous knee injury. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL)

On May 30, 2012, after being a year out of football recovering from his knee injury, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts. [4] He made 18 starts at right cornerback. He missed the Eastern Final and the Grey Cup championship game after fracturing his ankle. He finished with 67 tackles (third on the team), 5 interceptions (tied for first in the CFL), 2 fumble recoveries and received CFL All-Star honors.

In 2013, he was again named to the CFL All-Star team, after making 17 starts, 43 tackles, 5 interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)

On February 12, 2014, he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent. [5] In 18 starts he registered 36 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 4 special teams tackles, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a 50-yard touchdown.

In 2015, he collected 66 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions (one returned for a 47-yard touchdown). He also contributed to the team winning the Grey Cup.

In 2016, he tallied 73 tackles and 2 interceptions. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

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References

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  2. "Dallas Cowboys cut veteran safety Pat Watkins, two others". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. "Dallas Cowboys cut Pat Watkins". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. "Get To Know Pat Watkins". Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  5. "Esks Sign Defensive Gem In Cornerback Watkins". Edmonton Eskimos. Retrieved 28 April 2020.