EAGLES’ KELLY-HATING LANE JOHNSON IS LOVIN’ HIM SOME PEDERSON

By Martha Sullivan

Leave it to Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ right tackle who was a Chip Kelly-hater, to suck up to his replacement, Doug Pederson.

“We have a lot more time to preserve our bodies,” Johnson said of Pederson’s offense after a mini-camp session. “We’re still going hard, but we’re still going to have a lot in the tank come December or January, whenever we need our bodies to perform for us.”

While it was often noted how Kelly’s uptempo attack put pressure on his own defense, rarely was any mention made of the added strain it put on offensive personnel, as well. After all, they were running a higher number of plays than average too, which Johnson admits may have had an adverse effect on his performance and that of his offensive line mates.

“I can speak for myself, I can speak for a lot of the guys on the O-line, we don’t have any rotation, it’s us the whole year,” Johnson said. “You go so fast for so long, there’s only so much your body can do before ultimately it’s going to fail you. I don’t care who you are.

“But I think we’re taking a better approach this year. We’re getting our work in, but it’s a better approach.”

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