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Watkins is eager to get to camp. He had a late start on football, and, at age 26, became the oldest player selected in the first round since 1980.

“I want to contribute right away,” he said. “The second that phone rings, I’m going to be driving down to that facility and getting rolling.”

The Eagles, who lost in the NFC playoffs at home to eventual Super Bowl-champion Green Bay in the wild-card round, have high expectations this season. The extra work they put in at the gym in the summer could pay off in January.

“Everyone is giving 110 percent and everyone knows what we have at stake this year,” tackle Austin Howard said. “We want to win the Super Bowl and everybody realizes that and is out there working hard to make sure we have a good season.”