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Yesterday the Philadelphia Eagles continued to speak to the media during their modified OTAs. Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, Miles Sanders, and the Eagles’ coordinators discussed numerous topics, including how players were recovering from injuries and some depth chart alignments. If you weren’t able to tune in, here is a quick recap of what you might’ve missed.
Jonathan Gannon: Major Philadelphia Guy
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon has received high praise very early on during his tenure here. When Gannon was asked why he chose the Eagles over other suitors, he so eloquently said, “It’s Philadelphia, that’s why.” Many have wondered what the Eagles defensive scheme would be this season, and it seems like the answer will be all of the above.
“We’re not going to box ourselves into one scheme.”
Having the versatility to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 or even a 50 front is enormous on defense and allows for easier game-planning against opponents. It hasn’t been clear where new signing Eric Wilson would be playing between OLB or MLB next season for Philly. Clearing the air, Gannon told reporters Wilson would be the Eagles’ Mike this season.
Lane Johnson is ready to go:
Lane Johnson struggled immensely with injuries over the 2020 season, missing nine games and undergoing surgery for an ankle injury. Although some were worried, Lane said that he has been cleared from the injury and is a full participant in drills this offseason. Lane just turned 31 earlier this month and hopefully will be just as good going into the 2021 season.
Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen raved about his new offensive line during his press conference yesterday. Steichen was quick to call them one of the best offensive lines in football and caught his attention most during film sessions.
Michael Clay attempting to revive the Eagles’ special teams unit:
Over the last few seasons, Philadelphia’s special team units have been some of the worst in football. They never fielded the proper kick returners, and their punt team lacked energy and often never held contain on the outside, leading to big plays.
Clay learned under former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and now looks like a promising assistant for the Eagles. During meetings and practices, Clay has emphasized that a single play can change the entire game, and they need to bring that mentality on kickoffs and punts.
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