Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Rams game.
Player I’ll be watching
Kapadia: Jason Peters
It’s been an eventful year for the 32-year-old left tackle. Aside from the skirmish against Washington, Peters is the only Eagles offensive lineman to start all four games in the same spot, and he’s been solid overall. But last week, he and Matt Tobin had a couple communication issues that resulted in big hits on Nick Foles.
If those same issues resurface this week, the results could be disastrous. That’s because Peters will be matched up against Robert Quinn. The 24-year-old is an under-the-radar superstar. He had 19 sacks a year ago, and multiple Eagles defenders this week called Quinn the best pass-rusher in the league. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
When the Eagles kicked off their season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lane Johnson was supposed to be on the field at the Linc, setting up in his stance next to Todd Herremans.
Instead, the second-year player was sitting in his buddy’s living room in Mesquite, Tex., watching on television.
“I just watched and tried to see what plays they were running,” Johnson said. “Just tried to mentally stay in touch with what the plays were.”
Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for PEDs. During that stretch, he was not allowed to have any contact with the coaches, couldn’t practice and couldn’t enter the team’s facility. So Johnson headed to Frisco, Tex. to train at Athletes Performance Institute. Read more »
His first day back at practice, and Lane Johnson is already running with the ones.
Johnson returned from his four-game suspension on Monday and joined his teammates on the practice field early Tuesday afternoon. During the portion open to the media, Johnson was at right tackle with the first team. The unit looked like this (from left to right): Jason Peters, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Todd Herremans, Johnson. That’s an improvement from Sunday assuming Johnson, who is said to have come back in very good shape, can re-acclimate quickly.
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After a four-week suspension, starting right tackle Lane Johnson returned to the NovaCare Complex Monday morning.
“I saw Lane briefly this morning. He’s gotta meet with the training staff and get cleared physically,” said Chip Kelly at his day-after press conference.
“We haven’t seen him for a month. He told me he was at API in Dallas working out and there were some other players there. He looked good. It’s just the unknown. Where’s he at? How does he process things? How quickly does he get back into the swing of things? Where is he from a health standpoint?”
Johnson was officially activated from the reserve/suspended list Monday afternoon. To make room, the Eagles released offensive lineman Kevin Graf.
Talking with people around Johnson, there is confidence that the 24-year-old will be ready to play Sunday against the Rams. He apparently trained twice a day at the facility in Dallas and is said to be in very good shape.
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Is Lane Johnson one of the players that would be impacted by the new agreement?
“From what I understand, no,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »
As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. On Sunday, they discussed life without DeSean Jackson. Yesterday, they predicted what’s next for Nick Foles. Today, a look at the offensive line, which faces an early challenge as Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension. Read more »
One last cameo for Lane Johnson before he disappears for four weeks.
Once the rosters are finalized on Saturday, Johnson’s four-game suspension kicks in. He is not allowed to participate in team activities, use the team’s facilities or have contact with any club officials (except to arrange off-site medical treatment) during this time. Johnson will play in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Jets, and then he’s cut off. Read more »
Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.
1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.
But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.
“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »