Philadelphia Eagles first-round selection Lane Johnson will have to earn his spot in the starting lineup, as the rookie offensive tackle is still behind Dennis Kelly at right tackle and continues to work with the second team at practice. After practice on Monday, both Johnson and Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spoke to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer and both downplayed the significance of the fourth-overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft playing in a reserve role in May.
"I think right now it's really early," Johnson said. "Training camp doesn't start until August. So you're trying to get as many reps as you can, learn the system, and that's where I'm at right now."
Dennis Kelly views the starting role on the right side opposite Jason Peters as his spot to lose, despite the presence of the highly touted rookie behind him on the depth chart. A fifth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kelly made 10 starts for the Eagles, but the team finished with the fourth-fewest points scored and a 4-12 record.
Johnson is fully expected to take over for Kelly and, considering the cost of his draft selection, is likely the heir apparent at left tackle for Peters. A former quarterback, defensive end and tight end, Johnson was one of the NFL Combine's most impressive athletes in drills, considering his 6'6, 303-pound frame.