Lane Johnson Not Concerned That He’s Not Practicing With Starters
By Joseph Santoliquito
Philadelphia, PA (CBS) —Lane Johnson isn’t worried nor concerned that he’s not running with “the ones” in the second week of OTAs for the Eagles. In fact, the first-round choice, selected fourth overall, seems to be adjusting quite well.
“Right now, it’s early and training camp doesn’t start until [July], so I’m trying to get as many reps as you can and knowing the system, that’s where I am right now,” Johnson said. “Last week, it was my first week being around the guys and I know what to expect. I want to keep progressing and hopefully I’ll be [with the ones] soon.”
Johnson has not signed with the Eagles yet, but said he’s sitting back and seeing where everyone else falls into line, in terms of signing the contract.
“I’m going to be with the team working and I’ve never really had money before, so I really don’t care,” Johnson said. “I’m sure something will be worked out soon.”
Aside from being an exceptional athlete, Johnson also has a little known ability to impersonate people. He doesn’t have head coach Chip Kelly down yet, but he is working on offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
“I’m working on Coach Stoutland, and maybe in a few weeks, as I get to know and be around Coach Kelly, I’ll get him down a little better,” Johnson said.
Johnson has the schedule down, but on the field, “The more reps I get, I think the more comfortable I’ll get when the pads go on,” Johnson said. “Getting the reps and progressing just helps me keep moving forward.”
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.