NFL Playoffs: OU-product Lane Johnson, Eagles ready for opening playoff game vs. New Orleans

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 3, 2014

“When you're right-handed it actually helps you on the left side,” Johnson said. “If your right hand is your dominant hand, for me anyway, it's easier in pass protection. It helps me stay balanced. I've adjusted. I feel I've been progressing all year.”

There were early-season reports Johnson was holding his own run blocking but struggled at times in pass protection. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Johnson more than met expectations.

“He's played fast which sometimes is difficult for rookies. And he's played with a tremendous amount of confidence,” Stoutland told “Don't misunderstand me. He's not a finished product, yet. Lane has so much room to grow.”

The same could be said about Kelly's offense and the Eagles.

Philadelphia started the season 2-5 but went 7-1 down the stretch.

Two weeks ago in a 54-11 win over Chicago, a game they had nothing to play for, knowing the Dallas finale would determine their playoff fate, the Eagles showed a national TV audience Kelly's offense is faring just fine.

“We're gaining momentum at the right time,” Johnson said. “You can never look ahead. But if we play up to our potential we can make a good run.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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