Here’s one that’s based totally on the failures of the second-year guy. If we’re being frank, there isn’t much to complain about with what Lane Johnson’s done over the past couple of seasons.
A three-time Pro Bowl nod (2017–2019), Johnson’s been a roadblock for opposing teams’ pass rushes. If you want to quantify his value, look no further than what happened when Andre Dillard tried to fill in at right tackle in Johnson’s absence in Week 12 versus the Seattle Seahawks.
As bad as the rookie looked, perhaps the most disheartening thing about that week was the fact that he made excuses for why he’d fail before the game even got started. You remember the whole “left-hand and right-hand scenario” he pitched. Most people probably would have liked to hear something to the effect of “77” was relishing the opportunity and couldn’t wait to show what he could do.
It isn’t that Dillard can’t play. He has talent. The concern is whether or not he can overcome criticism or bounce back from disappointing efforts. No wonder the rumors of Jason Peters’ return won’t end.
Dillard is beginning to look like the guy that’s been told how good he is so much that criticism may be a shock to his system. If that’s the case, he’s going to be chewed up and spit out in Philadelphia. If Peters was still around, Philly’s tackle tandem might be ranked higher, but right now, they’ve got a stud on one side and a huge question mark on the other.