The move might not mean much. At least it didn’t to Lane Johnson when he was put on the first-team at right tackle during the Eagles’ organized team activities on Tuesday. “I just came here (Tuesday) and they told me I’m with the (starters),” Johnson said. “So I haven’t had much time to think about it. I just went out and played. It felt natural.” The Eagles, of course, want Johnson to grab that spot at right tackle before the first game Sept. 10 against Washington. After all, he was the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft last month, and the Eagles will obviously invest millions of dollars over the next four years, at least, in hoping that he becomes a perennial Pro Bowl player. But they also want Johnson to earn the job. Johnson was with the second team during the previous two OTA sessions held over the previous two weeks before moving up to the first team for this week’s OTAs, which run through Friday. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has often stressed that the starting units mean little at this point, and that won’t change until training camp begins in late July. Still, Johnson admittedly has a lot of learning to do. He has only played tackle for his final two seasons at Oklahoma after playing quarterback in high school and his first year at Kilgore Junior College. He also played tight end and defensive line before switching to tackle. Johnson said he’s getting that education from the defensive linemen during the OTAs. “They’ve been playing a lot and they have a lot of moves up their sleeves,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they’ll break it out when you least expect it. You’ve got to be disciplined with your technique. That’s what it is for me. You need to know when to hold back sometimes and when to let go.” At practice on Tuesday, Johnson played right tackle and Todd Herremans, who played there last year until his season-ending foot injury in November, moved to right guard. Jason Peters is the starting left tackle. Evan Mathis, who’s healing from ankle surgery, is expected to start at left guard.
Johnson felt natural playing with starters
Courier-Post | May 30