With Lane Johnson likely facing a suspension, the Eagles could do without another issue along the offensive line. But one could be coming. Read more »
On the final day of Eagles minicamp, veteran Todd Herremans was asked if he thought it was realistic for the team to start the same five offensive linemen every game like it did last year.
“Yeah, I think it’s very realistic,” Herremans said. “I know it only happened one other time since I’ve been here, but like I was saying earlier, the way that we take care of our bodies and stuff, I think we were very limited with guys in the training room last year. I don’t think it was a coincidence.”
Lane Johnson could be facing a suspension, but it hasn’t been handed down yet.
Paul Domowitch reported that the right tackle tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will miss the first four games.
When asked to confirm the report, an NFL spokesperson replied: “We have no information on him.”
Does that mean no suspension has been handed down from the league?
Johnson is not necessarily out of the woods. Players typically learn of a positive test before the league office. It’s possible, then, that his camp is aware of the failed drug test and it simply hasn’t hit the league offices yet.
Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson has been suspended four games for testing positive for PEDs, according to Paul Domowitch of the Daily News.
Johnson was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft and started all 16 games as a rookie. He struggled in pass protection early on, but improved and played well down the stretch. The Eagles had the same five offensive linemen start all 16 games in 2013, but if the report holds up, that won’t happen again. Read more »
Chip Kelly spoke to reporters on Tuesday. Here are three items that stood out to us. Read more »
Lane Johnson doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.
Over the weekend, the Eagles’ second-year right tackle Tweeted out a dinner receipt from Del Friscos that totaled $17,746.86. The Tweet got picked up by a number of outlets and blew up more than Johnson anticipated.
“It was kind of my idea, keep the tradition going,” Johnson said. “I didn’t pay the whole bill. I got help from Todd [Herremans] and Evan [Mathis], so just something I did for them. Ain’t no big deal to me.
“I probably should have gave it some clarity. When I Tweeted it out, all I said was ‘rookie dinner.’ And they think I got pressured into doing it – this, that and the other. But that’s alright.” Read more »
During one of the teach periods on Monday, defensive coordinator Billy Davis called for the first-team nickel to take the field and line up against trash cans that simulated the offense.
Brandon Boykin came on the field, and Bennie Logan walked off. But at linebacker, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks stayed put.
Chip Kelly said earlier this offseason that adding depth at inside linebacker was a priority. But the Eagles didn’t see anybody they liked in free agency. In the first round of the draft, they would have loved for Alabama’s C.J. Mosley to fall to them, but that didn’t happen either.
So for now, the plan seems to be to stick with the same guys from a year ago.
“Right now, it’s still the same personnel,” Ryans confirmed. Read more »
For Lane Johnson, the low point came in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The No. 4 overall pick in 2013 got beat for a pair of sacks and missed his assignment on the Eagles’ swinging gate two-point conversion attempt.
“Kansas City was a rough game,” Johnson said Monday after practice. “It was really early in the year. The thing was just to learn from it and continue to grow from it. So that’s what I did.”
Johnson showed steady improvement in the second half of the year as the Eagles won seven of their last eight games. There was never a question about his ability as a run blocker. Aside from the mental mistakes that plague most rookies, Johnson’s elite athleticism translated to the field right away. He is a natrural fit at right tackle in Chip Kelly’s spread-to-run offense. Read more »
For the first time this spring, Eagles practice was open to the media. Here’s a running diary of what we saw: Read more »
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