Last season, mainly due to the injury bug, the Eagles offensive line really struggled. With Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, and Todd Herremans all missing significant time do to injury the Eagles ability to put up points on offense took a huge hit. Following the selection of Lane Johnson on Thursday, the Eagles seem to have a very strong offensive line, if healthy.
Jason Peters, coming off of a double Achilles injury, when healthy, is one of the best left tackles in the league. Evan Mathis is an All Pro guard that will continue his strong performance from last year. Jason Kelce, recovering from a ACL injury, is a young, top flight center in the league. Todd Herremans suffered foot and ankle injuries, but has been a staple on the Eagles offensive line for a long time. And then there is the new comer Lane Johnson who is extremely athletic and strong, who also has a very high ceiling. The biggest question surrounding the Eagles line, besides health issues, is who will play left tackle and who will play right and the simple answer to that is Lane Johnson will most likely play right tackle because he has experience playing right tackle and by starting Lane Johnson at right tackle, Jason Peters will stay at left tackle and Todd Herremans will bump back into guard.
Heading into the 2013-2014 season, I’m very optimistic about the Eagles offensive line and I believe that if everyone plays to their potential, the Eagles offensive line will be a huge strength, not a weakness.
P.S.: Another plus about drafting Lane Johnson is that we don’t have to watch Danny Watkins get obliterated any more!!!