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Lane Johnson promises beers on him when Eagles win Super Bowl

Lane Johnson promises beers on him when Eagles win Super Bowl

If and when the Eagles finally win the Super Bowl, beers are on Lane Johnson.

Without the threat of a lengthy suspension hanging over his head, Johnson is a rejuvenated player at Eagles training camp this summer. The fifth-year veteran has been wearing a blonde wig under his helmet at practice to keep the mood light, but is also highly motivated, constantly talking about this being the best offensive line and most talented team he’s been a part of.

You can tell how excited Johnson was to be at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, practicing in front of 23,000 fans.

“You get to the see the fans, they’re excited about the season,” Johnson said after practice. “I just want to deliver. I’m tired of not making the playoffs. If you make the playoffs, everybody’s day around here is better, and life around Philly is just sweeter.”

Johnson was suspended 10 games last season for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The ban was a blow for the Eagles, who had a 5-1 record in games with their starting right tackle but went 2-8 without him.

Yet, the process clearly took a toll on Johnson as well. Report of he would be suspended first hit in August, but it didn’t become official until October, a full two months later.

With the entire mess finally behind him now, Johnson has no problems setting his goals high – and making the playoffs is only the tip of the iceberg.

“I have a lot to prove to this city,” Johnson said. “I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody."

“We just have to worry about Week 1 and focus on that right now.”

Focus on Week 1? That’s easy for him to say. We’re just counting down the days until Lane Johnson gives everybody free beer.

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create clickbait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good ...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?