Patrick Watkins (born December 18, 1982) is a professional Canadian football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida State University, and attended Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Watkins has also played for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers.
|Born:||December 18, 1982|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NFL draft||2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 53|
|Drafted by||Dallas Cowboys|
|2010||San Diego Chargers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||2012, 2013, 2014|
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.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Watkins in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started nine games in his rookie season, registering 38 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defensed and became one of the tallest safeties in NFL history. Because he was seen as a liability in pass coverage, he lost his starting position and was also limited with left bicep injury.
Watkins became a core special teams player as a gunner, leading the team in 2007 with 25 tackles and also returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. In 2008 he was moved from free to strong safety, but he didn't demonstrate the tackle technique needed for run support, finishing with 9 tackles, after missing 8 games with a neck injury and being placed on the injured reserve list on December 2. He was second on the team in 2009 with 18 special teams tackles. After missing the first 3 preseason games with a knee injury, he was released on August 30, 2010.
San Diego ChargersEdit
Watkins was signed by the San Diego Chargers on November 15, 2010, 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 and wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.
Toronto Argonauts (CFL)Edit
After being a year out of football recovering from his knee injury, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts on May 30, 2012. He was named the starter at right cornerback and registered 18 starts. He missed the Eastern Final and the Grey Cup championship game after fracturing his ankle.
As a rookie, he recorded 67 tackles (third on the team), 5 interceptions (tied for first in the CFL), 2 fumble recoveries and received CFL All-Star honors. The next season, he was again named to the CFL All-Star team after having 17 starts, 43 tackles, 5 interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)Edit
On February 12, 2014, he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent. 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. He wasn't re-signed after the 2016 season.
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