Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
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 »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
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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Dagger. Dagger in the heart.
Those were the words of Howie Roseman when, moments after the 2014 NFL Draft concluded, a reporter brought up the fact that the Eagles came away with no offensive linemen.
“I firmly believe in building on the line of scrimmage. That’s kind of how I was raised in the National Football League,” the general manager said. “I thought we’d have some opportunities to get some o‑linemen, but there was a run in the third round that was like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. It was like ‑‑ I don’t know, if someone gave me the numbers, it was like player after player after player, and it was like ‑‑ all of a sudden we looked back up and our board was depleted, and we weren’t going to reach. That hurt because we went in thinking that we’d get some guys.” Read more »
Chip Kelly‘s “big people beat up little people” line is a popular one, and will be recited plenty in the coming days with the combine getting underway later this week. Height, weight, hand size, wing span…all of these measurables mean something to Kelly, and can help lead us towards the players that may be of interest to the Eagles. But there’s another, less heralded quote that should also be kept in mind as the powers that be descend on Indianapolis to get up close and personal with the draft prospects.
“There’s a very cerebral part to this game that I don’t know if people give enough credit to. It’s about making good decisions. Dumb people do dumb things and smart people rarely do dumb things,” he said last April. Read more »
This week, we’ll offer offseason outlooks for the Eagles, position-by-position. Each day, we’ll answer a pressing question and rank the position on the priority scale. First up was quarterback. We covered running backs Tuesday, wide receivers Wednesday and tight ends yesterday. Now onto the offensive line. Read more »
Going into last offseason, the Eagles knew they liked Lane Johnson.
But they didn’t know just how much they liked him until they saw him in action at the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine. Like every other NFL GM, Howie Roseman stresses the college tape first and foremost when talking about prospects. But gathering information in Mobile, Ala. and Indianapolis is still an important part of the process.
“In January, we’re in pencil,” Roseman said. “Pen doesn’t come out until a couple weeks before the draft. We want to be open to the process. We want to make sure we’re able to be open-minded at every stage of it. That doesn’t mean we’re gonna have someone who’s gonna go from the fourth round to the second round. That’s not gonna happen, just for where we are because the game tape’s gonna be the most important thing. But when a guy’s in the first round and you see that he’s got traits, sometimes those aren’t confirmed until you get to the combine.” Read more »
From Lane Johnson’s development to one must-see video, here are some links to pass along on this Friday afternoon as you head into the weekend… Read more »