What Is Impact On Eagles Lineman Without Lane Johnson At RT?
The Eagles have already started preparations for having to play without Right Tackle Lane Johnson this season as he and the team await the official announcement of what could potentially be a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Drugs. The Eagles have shifted projected starting Left Guard Allen Barbre to Right Tackle to get reps with the first team and are giving Rookie Isaac Seumalo a shot at Left Guard in practice. They have Veteran Stefen Wisniewski who has started 77 Games in his career at the Guard and Center positions currently as Seumalo's backup. Meanwhile Barbre has started 8 Games in his NFL career at the Tackle position.
Barrett Brooks played 9 seasons in the NFL and started 62 games during his NFL career. The Breakfast on Broad Co-Host and CSN Philly Eagles Analyst joined Josh Hennig on Monday and talked about the difficulties for the Eagles players directly effected by not having Lane Johnson in the starting lineup:
"(Wisniewski) had a tough game (on Thursday night); he is a veteran guy who should have handled Gerald McCoy. McCoy is a good player, but he should have handled him a little better than he did. I thought he got whooped a lot of the times in that game. He did not have a good game at all. This is a guy who they are probably going to plug in if the rookie Seumalo doesn't pan out at that left guard position. [Wisniewski] is going to have to go out there and play better....Barbre has spent the last year and a half at Guard, transitioning from Guard to Tackle is a lot harder than to transfer from Tackle to Guard. It is easy to go from Tackle to Guard because there is a lot less space you have to handle. When you go from Guard and that little space out to Tackle with a lot more space, you have a lot better athletes you're going to play against. This is a tough transition that they are asking this guy to go in and play."
Checkout what Brooks had to say about Lane Johnson's comments to the media over the weekend along with his perspective on Carson Wentz injury, the Eagles offense, Eric Rowe's future, and Doug Pederson's first game as an NFL Head Coach