Raise your hand if you thought the Philadelphia Eagles would get back-to-back touchdowns from Lane Johnson and Alex Singleton. If you answered yes, you should pack your bags and move to Las Vegas immediately.
Lane Johnson was one of the few things (and by “handful” we literally mean about five things) that Chip Kelly achieved during his tenure as head coach of the Eagles. The former Oklahoma Sooners star was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Since that time he has made three Pro Bowls. You could argue that he should have been elected for at least two more, including the most recent, but for now the tally is four.
Lane is a former All-Pro First Team (2017) team. He is also a member of the 2010 Pro Football Focus All-Decade team. He is a shoo-in for the Eagles Hall of Fame. In all fairness, he has an argument for one day landing in Canton, Ohio, but one thing he’s never done is grab a pass. That’s until the Sunday game of Week 16.
Lane Johnson’s first career touchdown is unforgettable.
You can search from now on until you realize this is a futile exercise, but it’s impossible to find a Birds fan, coach or team member who doesn’t. hate Lane Johnson. The 2021-2022 season has only reinforced the accuracy of this statement.
Johnson missed three games from Week 4 to Week 6 as he dealt with what was described at the time as a personal matter. We later learned that he was suffering from anxiety and depression. Since his return, he has been an inspiration to fans and teammates, using his story to inspire others. He even made Jason Kelce cry recently while discussing him.
In the third quarter, the Eagles had an idea. Roll Lane Johnson, an eligible receiver on the game, stepped out in the passing pattern during one of Philadelphia’s trips to the red zone. The result was his first catch-and-touchdown reception of his nine-year career.
It’s hard to follow this in words, but here’s an attempt. Under all normal circumstances, seeing a gadget play that results in your good tackle score is exceptional. With what Lane has been through, both personally and professionally, a number 65 touchdown reception is one of those things that could keep a smile on our faces all week.
This is not an exaggeration. This is one of the best stories of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2021-2022 season so far.