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What does Lane Johnson's selection mean for Jason Peters?

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07:48 PM ET 04.26 | The Eagles needed to correct their offensive-line, which was absolutely atrocious last season, and the selection of Johnson should help do that. But with Jason Peters, who missed last season with a ruptured Achilles', returning it raises the question of who will be the starting left tackle. Prior to missing the entire 2012 season, Peters was an All-Pro for the Birds in 2011, so as long as he is able to come back healthy, Peters needs to start at left-tackle. That means a major shift is in the works for the Eagles offensive line in 2013, which is a good thing based off of how the line performed just a season ago. Peters is likely to start at left, which will shift Johnson over to right-tackle. While Johnson was an All-American at left tackle, he has experience playing right tackle, and as long as Michael Vick is the Eagles quarterback, Johnson will technically be the blindside tackle. Todd Herremans, who has spent the last two seasons at right-tackle, will shift back to guard, likely on the right side of the line. Danny Watkins could prove to be a valuable backup to Herremans, who is coming off of a dislocated cuboid bone in his right foot.

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April 27, 2013  03:20 AM ET

The Eagles should trade Peters to the Cowboys for Doug Free.

And trade Lane Johnson for all of Dallas' 2013 picks so far.

While they're at it, why not trade Howie Roseman for Jerry...

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April 27, 2013  06:24 AM ET

as long as Michael Vick is the Eagles quarterback, Johnson will technically be the blindside tackle


Exactly!

There's too much emphasis put on the significance of left tackle. It's not left that's important, it's blindside that's important.

When you have a left-handed Quarterback, the right tackle is the most valuable position on the offensive line.

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April 27, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Actually, as long as you have a QB that can't read a defense and doesn't know how to step up in the pocket, instead of scrambling all over the place at the first sign of pressure, the O linemen are all going to look like crap.

Pretty much.

April 28, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Actually, as long as you have a QB that can't read a defense and doesn't know how to step up in the pocket, instead of scrambling all over the place at the first sign of pressure, the O linemen are all going to look like crap.

and which pocket would that be ? did you watch an Eagles game ? That o-line could be beaten by 5 girl scouts thrown boxes of cookies

 
April 29, 2013  08:48 PM ET
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and which pocket would that be ? did you watch an Eagles game ? That o-line could be beaten by 5 girl scouts thrown boxes of cookies

Granted they played most of the season with only one starter on the field.

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