Pat Watkins

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Patrick Watkins
No. 9     Edmonton Eskimos
Date of birth: (1982-12-18) December 18, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): DB
Height: 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
College: Florida State
High school: Lincoln (FL)
As player:
Dallas Cowboys
San Diego Chargers
Toronto Argonauts
Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2014
CFL West All-Star: 2014

Patrick Watkins (born December 18, 1982) is a professional Canadian football defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos [1] of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Florida State University,[2] and attended Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida.[3] Watkins has also played for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers.

Early years[edit]

At Florida State University, he played 49 straight games (23 starts) at both safety and cornerback. As a senior, he had 77 tackles (5 for loss) and 3 interceptions.

Professional career[edit]


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.[4]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Watkins in the fifth round (53rd 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. In 2008 he was tried at strong safety, but he didn't demonstrate the tackle technique needed for run support.

Watkins became a core special teams player as a gunner, leading the team in 2007 with 25 tackles. In 2008, he recorded 9 tackles, after missing 8 games due to injury. He was second on the team in 2009 with 18 tackles.[5] After missing the first 3 preseason games with a knee injury, he was released on August 30, 2010.[6]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Watkins was signed by the San Diego Chargers on November 15, 2010, with the intention of improving their special teams. He was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury on December 16 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.[7] He was named the starter at right cornerback and registered 18 starts. He missed the Eastern Final and the Grey Cup championship game with an ankle injury.

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 and 5 interceptions.

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)[edit]

On February 12, 2014, he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent.[8]


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