Lane Johnson

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Lane Johnson
Johnson
Johnson in 2017
No. 65 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-05-08) May 8, 1990 (age 27)
Groveton, Texas
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Groveton (TX)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Games played: 65
Games started: 65
Player stats at NFL.com

David Lane Johnson (born May 8, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles fourth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.

Early years[edit]

Johnson was born in Groveton, Texas, and attended Groveton High School, where he played football and competed in track. In football, he was an honorable mention All-state selection as a quarterback, and was named All-district.[1]

In track & field, Johnson competed in the throwing events. He earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put event at the 2008 UIL 1A State Championships, with a top-throw of 15.21 meters (49 ft 7 in).[2]

College career[edit]

Johnson attended Kilgore College, a junior college in east Texas, and played quarterback and tight end for the Kilgore Rangers football team. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2009 to 2012. After redshirting in 2009, he played as a tight end and defensive end in 2010. As a junior in 2011, he switched to offensive tackle and started 12 of 13 games at right tackle.[3] As a senior in 2012, he switched to left tackle and started 11 of 13 games and was named a third team All-American by CBSSports.com.[4]

Professional career[edit]

On December 21, 2012, it was announced that Johnson and teammate Landry Jones had accepted their invitations to the 2013 Senior Bowl.[5] Throughout Senior Bowl practices, Johnson demonstrated impressive footwork, body control, and balance while diagnosing pass rushes and disrupting them. He was named a top standout during practice by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks and immensely helped his draft stock to put himself in the first round discussion.[6] On January 26, 2013, played offensive tackle in the Reese's Senior Bowl and was part of Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz's South team that defeated the North 21-16. Johnson was one of 57 collegiate offensive linemen that attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed all of the combine drills and finished first in the vertical jump and second amongst all offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash and broad jump.[7] On March 13, 2013, Johnson attended Oklahoma's pro day, along with Landry Jones, Tony Jefferson, Demontre Hurst, Kenny Stills, Stacy McGee, and 19 other prospects.[8][9] During the draft process, Johnson attended multiple private workouts and visits, including the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles.[10] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Johnson was projected to be a guaranteed first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts and was projected be a top ten selection. He was ranked the third best offensive tackle prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, NFL analyst Mike Mayock,and NFL analyst Josh Norris.[11][12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
303 lb
(137 kg)
35 14 in
(0.90 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.72 s 1.68 s 2.73 s 4.52 s 7.31 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[14]

2013[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Johnson in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the third offensive tackle selected in 2013, behind Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.[15] On July 20, 2013, the Eagles signed Johnson to a four-year, $19.85 million contract with a signing bonus of $12.81 million.[16]

He entered training camp behind veteran Dennis Kelly on the Eagles depth chart. He competed against Kelly for the starting right tackle role throughout training camp.[17] He became the apparent starting right tackle during training camp when it was reported that Kelly would miss the majority of the season after undergoing back surgery.[18]

He made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opening 33-27 victory at the Washington Redskins. He started all 16 regular season games as a rookie and helped the Philadelphia Eagles finish first in the NFC East with a 10-6 record. On January 4, 2014, Johnson started his first career playoff game as the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints 26-24 in the NFC Wildcard game.[19] He was ranked as the 26th best right tackle by Pro Football Focus in 2013.[20]

2014[edit]

On June 30, 2014, it was reported that Johnson had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and would be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season. Although Johnson missed the first four games of the season, he allowed only one sack in the remainder of the year and started 14 consecutive games while being graded as the second best right tackles and was ranked the 13th overall offensive linemen by Pro Football Focus.[21] Pro Football Focus named Johnson to the 2014 PFF All-Pro Team.[22] The Philadelphia Eagles finished second in the NFC East with a 10-6 record and did not qualify for the playoffs.

2015[edit]

Johnson played through numerous injuries, but started all 16 games, including two games at left tackle after Jason Peters was inactive after suffering a back injury.[23] Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson tenth best right tackle in 2015 with an overall grade of +14.5.[20] Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was named interim head coach for Week 17 after head coach Chip Kelly was fired after Week 16 with the Eagles finishing 7-9.

2016[edit]

On January 29, 2016, Johnson signed a six-year, $63 million extension with $35.5 million guaranteed.[24] This contract made Johnson the highest paid right tackle in the NFL. Johnson entered training camp slated as the Eagles' starting right tackle, opposite Jason Peters, and was officially named the right tackle after he returned from his ten-game suspension. Allen Barbre was his replacement during his absence.

On August 9, 2016, it was reported that Johnson would face a ten-game suspension due to PED violations.[25][26][27] Johnson stated that he was unaware the substance he failed for was banned and that the NFLPA's player app didn't have the banned substance listed.[28] On October 11, 2016, his ten-game suspension was upheld. The suspension voided the last year of his contract and also voided all remaining base salary guarantees that totaled $7.74 million.

He returned to the team for their Week 16 game against the New York Giants on December 22, 2016.[29] Johnson has an ongoing lawsuit against the NFL and the NFL Players Association stemming from his 10-game suspension for his second failed drug test.[30] The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was ranked eighth in the league by Pro Football Focus. They also gave Johnson a run blocking grade of 86.7 and he was ranked sixth among all right tackles. Due to the suspension, Johnson only started six games in 2016 (Week 1-5, 16-17).[31] The Philadelphia Eagles finished fourth in the NFC East with a 7-9 record in their first season under head coach Doug Pederson.

2017[edit]

Johnson during the Eagles' Super Bowl LII victory parade

Johnson remained the Eagles' starting right tackle in 2017. He suffered a concussion during a Week 5 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson remained in the concussion protocol and missed the Eagles' next game that took place five days later on Thursday Night Football.[32] He started 15 games to help the Eagles achieve a 13-3 record and go from worst to first, finishing atop the NFC East division after finishing fourth in 2016.[33]

On December 19, 2017, Johnson was named to his first Pro Bowl along with right guard Brandon Brooks.[34] Near the end of the season, Johnson received an overall grade of 85.2 and ranked fifth amongst all offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus. He was ranked the top right tackle and received a $250,000 bonus for making the Pro bowl.[35] Johnson did not attend the Pro Bowl as the Eagles would play in Super Bowl LII.

Johnson and Chris Long wore an underdog mask after the 2017 Divisional playoff game versus the Atlanta Falcons, as the Falcons were considered favorites to win. Following the game, Philadelphia Eagles fans bought so many dog masks from Amazon that they were sold out. In Super Bowl LII, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 to give Johnson his first Super Bowl ring.

Personal life[edit]

Johnson married his wife Chelsea Goodman in January of 2013 and they have two children together. She attended the NFL Draft with him and they met at Oklahoma where Chelsea was a high jumper. His father-in-law is John Goodman, who played defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1980-1985.[36]

Johnson is a proponent of equal access to education. All proceeds from his website, LJ65, go to funding the Philadelphia Public School District.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208799004
  2. ^ http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=56556#4796
  3. ^ OU's Lane Johnson goes from quarterback to offensive tackle
  4. ^ CBSSports.com 2012 College Football All-America Team
  5. ^ "Landry Jones And Lane Johnson Invited To Senior Bowl". Newson6.com. December 21, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  6. ^ Bucky Brooks (January 23, 2013). "Markus Wheaton, Lane Johnson among Senior Bowl standouts". NFL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  7. ^ Nark Sandritter (February 25, 2013). "2013 NFL combine results: Offensive line 40-yard dash times and more". sbnation.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  8. ^ Tom Guthrie (March 13, 2013). "Oklahoma Football: Complete Pro Day Results and Analysis". Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  9. ^ Louis Bien (March 13, 2013). "Oklahoma Pro Day results: Defensive backs take opportunity show off". sbnation.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  10. ^ Mark Garafolo. "Thursday's moves: Tackle Lane Johnson visiting Jets". usatoday.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Lane Johnson, DS #3 OT, Oklahoma". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  12. ^ Mike Mayock (April 19, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's top 100 prospects". NFL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  13. ^ Josh Norris (April 12, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher edges Luke Joeckel in O-line rankings". NFL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Lane Johnson, DS #3 OT, Oklahoma". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  15. ^ Hanzus, Dan (April 25, 2013). "Lane Johnson drafted by Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4". NFL.com. 
  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Lane Johnson contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Dennis Kelly ahead of Lane Johnson, for now". prosportsdaily.com. May 22, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  18. ^ Jrff Grey (August 8, 2013). "Dennis Kelly injury: Eagles T sidelined for preseason after back surgery". sbnation.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats: Lane Johnson (2013)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  20. ^ a b "Lane Johnson Will Now Be Going Offsides 10x A Game As The NFL's Highest Paid Right Tackle". BarStoolSports.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  21. ^ Lombardo, Matt. "Eagles' Lane Johnson rated second best right tackle in NFL by Pro Football Focus". www.nj.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Elsayed, Khaled. "2014 PFF ALL-PRO TEAM". Pro Football Focus. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Gowton, Brandon. "Eagles Position Review: When will Lane Johnson replace Jason Peters?". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  24. ^ Hagemann, Angie (January 29, 2016). "Eagles, OT Lane Johnson agree to six-year contract". NFL.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  25. ^ Sheridan, Phil (June 30, 2014). "Lane Johnson faces suspension". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  26. ^ Frank, Martin (June 30, 2014). "Report: Eagles OL Lane Johnson faces PED suspension". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  27. ^ Orr, Conor (August 9, 2016). "Lane Johnson facing 10 game suspension for PEDs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  28. ^ Chuck Booth. "The Philadelphia Eagles Can't Afford to Lose Lane Johnson". section215.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  29. ^ Brinson, Will (October 11, 2016). "Lane Johnson's 10 game suspension upheld". CBSSports.com. 
  30. ^ Paunil, Josh. "Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Lane Johnson's Lawsuit". Phillymag.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "NFL Player stats: Lane Johnson (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  32. ^ Brandon Lee Gowton (October 9, 2017). "Lane Johnson Injury: Eagles preparing to play without starting right tackle". BleedingGreenNation.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  33. ^ "NFL Player stats: Lane Johnson (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  34. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  35. ^ Jeff Kerr (December 20, 2017). "Lane Johnson earns huge bonus for earning Pro Bowl berth". 247sports.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Lane Jonson and Wife Chelsea Celebrate Eagles Draft; Twitter Responds in Kind". bleacherreport.com. April 25, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  37. ^ https://lj65.shop/

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