Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson sees what most do not get to see in the rookie defensive end, Shareef Miller.
The 2019 NFL Draft class hasn’t quite satisfied Philadelphia Eagles fans. As the Birds came away with only five picks, it made it a lot tougher for the small set of rookies to prove they were a hit of a class in the first year. And with what we’ve seen so far, there are more misses this season.
Obviously, the biggest miss happened to be the fifth-round pick in the quarterback, Clayton Thorson. After a terrible training camp and preseason, Thorson couldn’t even make his way back to the Eagles’ practice squad after being waived during final cuts.
That left the Eagles with four guys. The first-rounder Andre Dillard, second-rounders Miles Sanders, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, then the fourth-rounder, Shareef Miller. Each of these players has had their fair share of criticism for what they put out on the field. But Miller hasn’t had the opportunity to touch the grass yet this season.
Therefore, Eagles fans haven’t seen enough to really judge him right now. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t judging. As you can expect, Miller has seen tons of critics firing off on him via social media because of his inability to garner snaps this season.
For that, Lane Johnson claps back.
Lane Johnson defends the rookie
If there’s one person who knows Shareef Miller’s game — it is Lane Johnson. Since Johnson has to go against the fourth-rounder in practice, he’s had his fair share of reps against Miller throughout the year. And according to Johnson himself, he likes what he sees from the former Nittany Lion.
Lately, Shareef Miller has seen the critics yapping about him on social media. Although he can’t really defend himself right now with play on the field, he still wanted to make it known that he is here in the NFL for a reason. And to back up that talk, Lane Johnson told the haters to “just wait.”
When the Eagles drafted Miller in the fourth round months ago, they knew they were getting a work in progress. Expecting a fourth-round pick to come out and contribute right away is asking for a lot. The Eagles never had plans to utilize Miller right away. So patience is key for this guy.