Watkins could pick up some of the slack after Marquise Goodwin opted out of the 2020 season, ESPN.com's Tim McManus reports.
The Eagles prioritized speed in late April, trading for an Olympic long jumper (Goodwin) after they'd used three draft picks on wideouts with sub-4.5 speed. Watkins, a 4.35 burner, was the last of those three selections as a sixth-rounder, arguably making him a candidate for the practice squad more so than the active roster. However, his chances to make the team now look much better, with Goodwin sitting out 2020 and Alshon Jeffery slow to recover from Lisfranc surgery. It's still a long shot for Watkins to have a significant role early in the season, but he could at least manage a spot at the bottom of the roster, potentially competing with John Hightower to log some snaps as a part-time deep threat.
The Eagles selected Watkins in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 200th overall.
That's now four receivers with sub 4.5 speed acquired by the Eagles in the past three days, three of which came Saturday during Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Watkins is yet another dynamic vertical threat who is a capable returner to boot, but he doesn't really display a proper flow when running routes. When you're as fast as Watkins (4.35 40-yard dash) that probably doesn't matter much, but he might have a hard time separating from the bevy of speed demons cobbled together by Philadelphia in recent days.