Eagles news: Lane Johnson discusses NFL's top pass-rushing nightmares

Lane Johnson hung out with Richard Sherman and discussed some of the NFL's top pass rushers recently.
Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles
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You have heard this 200 times or more. For the sake of argument, it needs to be said again. Lane Johnson hasn't given up a sack since 2020. Let that sink in for a second. Sure, there are several variables that factor in. He once said this past Philadelphia Eagles season that he was beaten by Houston Texans edge rusher Jerry Hughes, and Jalen Hurts helped him out by escaping pressure on his own. That happens though. It's the NFL.

The numbers don't always tell the full story, but they are the numbers. However you quantify things, if someone hasn't given up a sack in more than two seasons, they're pretty good in our book. There are a lot of NFL tackles that would love to have Lane's talent, his reputation, and his resume.

If you didn't know any better, you'd think he was an alien. He has been the subject of controversy. He was suspended in 2014 and 2016 after testing positive for performance-enhancing PEDs. That was a long time ago. He cleaned his life up and became a better player without using them. In 2022, he played the entire postseason with a groin injury/torn abductor. He didn't seem any worse for wear and had no issues with playing up to his all-pro level.

Often doing so quietly, he has crafted a career that is worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's a two-time First-Team All-Pro (2017, 2022), a 2021 Second-Team All-Pro (2021), and a four-time Pro Bowler (2017–2019, 2022).

Recently, he was a guest on The Volume's Richard Sherman Podcast. What we witnessed was just under 25 minutes of fascinating storytelling.

Lane Johnson shares his opinion on some of the NFL's most feared pass rushers.

If you followed Richard Sherman's career, you probably determined early that he had no issues with being in front of a microphone. Whenever that happens, we tend to believe those guys will find their way into sports media when their playing days are over. Fast forward, and Sherman seems to have found his groove as a member of Amazon Prime's Thursday Night Football broadcast team.

Check him and Lane Johnson out on his podcast. It's powered by The Volume.

Here's how the pass rushers that Lane Johnson took the time to mention by name have fared versus the Philadelphia Eagles in previous affairs. Keep in mind the fact that these guys may not have necessarily lined up against Lane in competition.

Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Lane's admiration of Myles no doubt extends from film study and doing his homework. These two have yet to meet one another on the field as opponents.

The Birds last crossed paths with the Cleveland Browns in 2020. Myles missed that one. He was on the COVID-19 list.

Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

Maxx Crosby's Raiders most recently crossed paths with the Birds in 2021 during a Week 7 affair. He notched zero sacks, two tackles, and a quarterback hit on 50 defensive snaps.

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have battled the Eagles twice since T.J. Watt joined Pittsburgh's roster in 2017. Watt was present for the first affair. He notched three tackles, a sack, and three QB hits on 50 snaps.

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

As a member of the rival Cowboys, Micah Parsons has been on the field for three of four games Philly has played versus Dallas in 2021 and 2022. 14 tackles, 0.5 sacks, an additional QB hit, and three pass breakups are the results of his efforts.

DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarcus Lawrence has been with the Dallas Cowboys since 2014. He has seen the Eagles 16 times on the field and has notched 57 tackles, three sacks, ten QB hits, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Only one of those sacks came while lined up versus Lane Johnson.

Olivier Vernon

Olivier Vernon's playing days might be over, but Lane Johnson and the Eagles are very familiar with him. He has battled the Birds as a member of the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns. In eight career games, he has terrorized them to the tune of 27 tackles, seven sacks, 21 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble.