Lane Johnson, offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, showed up to camp wearing a bleach blonde mullet wig! A lot of fans thought he was channeling Thor! When asked why he did it he said, "I've done some stupid stuff before, put on different shoes, different cleats, mismatching stuff, I just wanted to have a little fun!"
His teammates got a kick out of it until the coaches said it had to go. Lane said that was fine with him because it started itching!
What fun pranks have you pulled on your friends?
New head coach Chip Kelly brings his exciting high-energy offensive system to the Eagles training camp. Will it work? Who knows, but one thing for certain is they will become one of the most athletic teams in the league this year.
The QB battle between Michael Vick and Nick Foles is coming down to the wire, with Vick in a slight lead. Rookie Matt Barkley will likely start as the number three for now.
WR DeSean Jackson is having the best camp of his career. He’s going to be so good this year it’s scary!
RBs Bryce Brown and Chris Polk are in a tight race to be LeSean McCoy’s main backup.
CB Brandon Boykin has been one of the brightest stars on defense. He’s making plays all over the field.
First round pick Lane Johnson has taken over the starting position at RT.
Since we're certain that you read every single NFL RUSH update, we're letting you prove it by answering trivia based on this week’s posts. If you know the answers, or even if you don't, use the comment field to post your thoughts.
1. Which featured NFL rookie has been compared to the 49ers RB Frank Gore?
Answer: Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy
2. What player was ranked 39th in the NFL’s “Top 100 Players of 2013” countdown?
Answer: Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White
3. What were this week’s new RUSH ZONE gear items?
Answer: Fedoras and News Caps
4. On which NFL team did “Deacon Jones” play for most of his career?
Answer: Los Angeles Rams
5. Who was the Avatar of the week?
6. Which player, with a new team this season, won the 2005 Heisman Award?
Answer: Detriot Lions RB Reggie Bush
7. What does PLAY 60 suggest to beat the heat?
Answer: Frozen Fruit Popsicles
8. What is the name of the winning school in the NFL PLAY 60 Bus Contest?
Answer: Roger Clap Innovation School
9. Which featured NFL rookie was born in Grovetown, Texas?
10. Which RUSH user feels that new Buccaneer Darrelle Revis will be “big help to the team?”
Lane Johnson: T Oklahoma
Philadelphia Eagles – #4 Pick Overall
Lane Johnson is an incredibly athletic OT from the University of Oklahoma. His skillset should fit perfectly with the new offense scheme in Philadelphia.
5 Random Facts
1. Lane displayed rare athleticism while attending Kilgore College, playing both QB and TE.
2. He began his Oklahoma Sooners career at TE and played some DE before being moved to OT.
3. During his senior year, Johnson was named to both the All-American and the Big 12 All-Conference teams.
4. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he posted the best broad jump (9’10”) and was 2nd best in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and the 3-cone drill among all offensive linemen.
5. He was born in Grovetown, Texas.
Draft Grade: B+
1. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
2. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
3. Dallas Thomas, G, Tennessee
4. Will Davis, CB, Utah State
5. Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
6. Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
7. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida,
8. Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
10: Don Jones, S, Arkansas State
OT – DB - DE
What they did right:
Miami pulled off the most dramatic move of the draft by trading up for the 3rd pick and taking DE Dion Jordan out of Oregon. They were also able to add talent to most of their biggest need positions.
What they did wrong:
Time will tell if their bold move in the first round pays off or if they would have been better served by taking OT Lane Johnson.
This years' Draft was fun, but now it's time to get serious about analyzing what happened. There were a couple of surprising moves in the 2013 Draft, and I am going to give my opinion on a few of them.
I think the most surprising move in the 2013 NFL Draft was when my favorite team, the Buffalo Bills, drafted EJ Manuel instead of Geno Smith. To me, it is the most surprising because most people thought that Geno Smith was the better Quarterback. Many people think that the Bills pick was a mistake. That mistake led to the Bills' rival New York Jets getting Geno Smith.
The other big surprise in the draft was that the Miami Dolphins moved up to take Dion Jordan, a defensive end/outside linebacker, instead of left tackle Lane Johnson. Dion is a big help, but Lane Johnson would have been a bigger help.
These don't look like good picks now, but they might turn out to be great!
In this year's NFL Draft, many teams did well. However, the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles did the best. The Eagles and the Vikings had some huge holes that both teams filled.
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted an offensive lineman in the first round to protect their quarterbacks. With the fourth overall pick, they selected Lane Johnson. Later in the Draft, they selected Zach Ertz and Matt Barkley. Now that the Eagles have another quarterback, they will likely release or trade either Michael Vick or Nick Foles and let Barkley compete with the other one.
The Minnesota Vikings started the night with two picks and traded for another pick in the first round. They took Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, and Cordarrelle Paterson. Many experts thought that Shariff Floyd would go in the top five. Xavier Rhodes will take over for Antoine Winfield. With their final pick in the first round, they took Cordarrelle Patterson. He will fill the hole left when Percy Harvin was traded. The last time a team had three picks in the first round was in 2001. St. Louis won the Super Bowl with their three first rounders. Maybe Minnesota can make a miracle title run also.
Even though many teams did well in this year's draft, I think the Eagles and the Vikings did the best.
The 2013 NFL Draft is nearing and there is definitely some great talent that could be on your team's roster. Here are my predictions on the first round picks!
1. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs did a fantastic job by getting Alex Smith from the 49ers for a second round pick. Not only did they get rid of their quarterback problem, but they also saved their first round pick to improve on other needs. Their offensive line was definitely lacking, and with explosive Jamaal Charles at running back, a fairly good Dwayne Bowe catching passes, and now Alex Smith, getting an offensive lineman would complete their offense.
Eric Fisher (OT)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are actually in a good position, believe it or not. With young wide receivers that will improve in the coming years and a defense that can easily be turned around, the one thing they inevitably need is a quarterback. In a draft short on young quarterbacks (and Alex Smith gone) I believe the Jaguars will take a surprising route.
Matt Barkley (QB)
3. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders put arguably the worst outside pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Carson Palmer will do for now. What needs to be cleaned up is the defensive end position, especially in a draft with so many available.
Ezekiel Ansah (DE)
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Everything fell apart for the Eagles last year. They simply could not get anything going on either side of the ball. With so many needs, I believe they will draft a linebacker who will make explosive plays on defense.
Jarvis Jones (LB)
5. Detroit Lions: The Lions have a decent quarterback and the best receiver in the NFL. They have Reggie Bush now, but they lack the blocking to get a dangerous running game going. However, with the eighteenth ranked defense, they should work on the defensive side of the ball, particularly defensive end, with Kyle Vanden Bosch being cut and Cliff Avril leaving Detroit.
Dion Jordan (DE)
6. Cleveland Browns: Rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden made a sufficient duo on the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, with Sheldon Brown hitting free agency, the Browns will be lacking a cornerback, which is a spot where they did not have much talent in the first place. Get the best cornerback in the draft.
Dee Milliner (CB)
7. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have a solid, underrated defense, a top receiver, and an okay running game now with Rashard Mendenhall. A quarterback is one piece they are missing. If they pick up one of the best quarterbacks in the draft (although there are not many of them) they very well may be in the playoffs this year.
Geno Smith (QB)
8. Buffalo Bills: Steve Johnson was able to get over 1,000 receiving yards this year, and C.J. Spiller gave a performance well worth an applause. Creating a frightening defense would be great for the Bills. Start by drafting a defensive tackle.
Sheldon Richardson (DT)
9. New York Jets: Sanchez has not come to the point where he is out of reach of being rescued. He needs more resources to work with. Like the Bills, I believe the Jets should get a receiver, except the Jets will not create any duo. They will simply be putting some good talent into that position.
Tavon Austin (WR)
10. Tennessee Titans: Dee Milliner is probably at the top of Tennessee's draft board. Unfortunately for them, by the time the tenth pick comes around, he will probably be gone. There are other cornerback alternatives though!
Desmond Trufant (CB)
11. San Diego Chargers: Like many other teams, the Chargers offensive line is lacking. Because of the variety of offensive linemen in this year's draft, expect them to pick up one of them in the first round.
Chance Warmack (G)
12. Miami Dolphins: Once again, there are as many offensive linemen in this draft as there are defensive ends. The Dolphins need a player with talent in each position on their roster. In the first round, however, I believe they will pick a defensive end.
Damontre Moore (DE)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs' secondary was scorched this year after Tampa Bay traded away Aqib Talib and lost Eric Wright due to injury and suspension. To make sure that does not happen again, they should help their secondary, but not if the best two cornerbacks are already drafted. Not to worry. There is plenty of talent elsewhere.
Lane Johnson (OT)
14. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers lone bright spot on defense this year was Luke Keuchly. If they put some other dangerous defensive playmakers around him, Carolina might become one of the better teams in the NFL. They can start by drafting a safety in a league that is starting to depend on safeties more and more.
Kenny Vaccaro (S)
15. New Orleans Saints: With Sean Payton's suspension over, it is likely that Drew Brees will not throw as many interceptions. With a solid running back and multiple receiving weapons for Brees, the offense should not be near the top of the priority list for the Saints in this year's draft. What should be their concern is their struggling secondary. Although the best two cornerbacks are likely to be already drafted at this point, there are still others.
Xavier Rhodes (CB)
16. St. Louis Rams: Rams coach Jeff Fisher has defended his quarterback, Sam Bradford, multiple times by stating they need a better offensive line. More blocking up the middle will give Bradford more time in the pocket. Why pass up the opportunity to pick up a guy who can play center, guard, and tackle?
Jonathan Cooper (C, G, OT)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: With linebacker James Harrison not coming back to play another year with the Steelers due to the lack of ability to stay healthy and salary, Pittsburgh is also likely to start looking for a linebacker in the draft. My prediction for their selection may surprise you, but after he handled the interviewers at the combine, I believe he deserves a second chance.
Manti T'eo (LB)
18. Dallas Cowboys: As I stated earlier, the safety position is becoming more vital in the NFL. For this reason, I am going to assume the Cowboys have Kenny Vaccaro on their wish list. But if he is gone by this time, they will have to go with another safety.
Matt Elam (S)
19. New York Giants: It is unfortunate that the former Super Bowl champions did not qualify for the playoffs this year. They had the offense and several playmakers on defense. But those players were not enough to have a consistent defense for the Giants. General manager Jerry Reese loves putting good pass-rushers out on the field, and with Osi Umenyiora entering free agency and Justin Tuck having a down year, expect Reese to put another one out on the line.
Barkevious Mingo (DE)
20. Chicago Bears: The Bears, I think, will have a great bounce back year after just missing the playoffs in 2012 due to a second-half meltdown. To make their playoff run longer, they should draft an offensive lineman to give Jay Cutler more time in the pocket. This would make Chicago's deep pass play threat larger. This would also mean that Jay Cutler would not have to scramble as much, which has led to injury several times.
D.J. Fluker (OT)
21. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have a solid quarterback, another top receiver, and can squeeze some yards out of BenJarvus Green-Ellis when they want to. To get a middle linebacker would be a good strategy for Cincinnati. By improving their defense, they will get to the playoffs for a third straight year, and perhaps even win a game in there.
Kevin Reddick (LB)
22. St. Louis Rams: Oh look! The Rams get another pick! Well, the linebacker position has been a problem. It would not be logical to pick another offensive lineman, which is one of their big problems, so fix your other big problem.
Alec Olgetree (LB)
23. Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin will not be back with the Vikings, and even if he stayed, they have inconsistent receivers to play behind him. Minnesota should draft a wide receiver with good hands.
Keenan Allen (WR)
24. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts did surprisingly well this year, considering they had the No. 1 pick last year. To make themselves even better, they should draft a good cornerback to cover the opposing team's best receiver. It seems as if Indianapolis's option is obvious.
Jonathan Banks (CB)
25. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawk's defense played tremendously well this year, but they lacked a pass-rusher that could make offensive coordinators go, "So how are we going to stop him today?" That can easily be fixed by drafting the best defensive tackle available.
Sharrif Floyd (DT)
26. Green Bay Packers: I do not think that the decision of cutting Charles Woodson helped the team at all. In fact, I think it actually hurt the team a lot. Now that Woodson is gone, the Packers will need to find a way to replace him. But the fact that they pick twenty-sixth will not give them many players to work with in the draft. Try to get a tight-end since Jermichael Finley might not stay.
Tyler Eifert (TE)
27. Houston Texans: Four players who play the middle linebacker position for the Texans are all questionable as starters for various reasons. There are a few linebackers available in this year's draft, and fortunately for the Texans, one of them should still be around.
Kevin Minter (LB)
28. Denver Broncos: Running back is a good way for the Broncos to go. Denver's starting running back, Willis McGahee is reaching the end of his career, and he needs to pack his bags. There is a possibility that a running back will not be picked in this year's draft by this pick, so the Broncos might get the best one available if they decide to go that route.
Eddie Lacy (RB)
29. New England Patriots: The Patriots have a very good chance of getting a decent defensive tackle. That is fortunate for them since they did not have much of an interior pass rush last year. Get a defensive tackle and improve your defense while leaving Tom Brady to do his magic on the other side of the ball.
Star Lotulelei (DT)
30. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan has put himself in the position where he is fighting to get into the category of elite. Michael Turner was cut, but I would not worry about the running game. The passing game has Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez. Enough said there. Defensively, the Falcons could pick up an end to improve their team.
Datone Jones (DE)
31. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers trading Alex Smith for a second round pick was a great move. Now with three picks in the first two rounds and a history of nailing the draft the last two years, expect San Francisco to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Strong, athletic, and monstrous. These are the words that describe the defensive end they should take to put on the line with Justin and Aldon Smith backed up by Patrick Willis.
Margus Hunt (DE)
32. Baltimore Ravens: Finally, the pick of the Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Putting an outside linebacker who can cover receivers in a 3-4 defense would be a smart strategy, especially because Baltimore was on the lower side of pass defense rankings and legendary Ray Lewis is retiring.
Bjorn Werner (LB)
Miami seems to underachieve every season. On paper, this team looks like a great group but something just doesn't click. This offseason has already given them a lot of good to look forward to and they still have 11 picks in the NFL Draft to get some young talent.
2012 Record: 6-10