Johnson wasn’t happy about being snubbed (for the second year in a row) when the original Pro Bowl selections were announced in December.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) December 18, 2019
It was a fair gripe. The perception that left tackle is much more important than right tackle has unfairly impacted Johnson’s recognition.
Johnson finished the 2019 season as the second highest graded offensive tackle by Pro Football Focus. In addition to being a force as a run blocker, Johnson was also strong in pass protection by allowing just one sack and four quarterback hits.
This marks the third straight year Johnson has made the Pro Bowl. He made the original team for his 2017 season before being added as alternate the past two years.
It’s unclear if Johnson will actually play in this year’s Pro Bowl. He suffered a high ankle against the New York Giants in Week 14 and didn’t play for the rest of the 2019 season. It’s believed Johnson would’ve had a chance to play if the Eagles had advanced to the divisional round.
What is clear is that the Eagles are counting on Johnson, who turns 30 in May, to continue to play at a high level for years to come. The team signed him to an extension through 2025 that qualifies as the largest contract for an NFL offensive lineman in history on a per-year and guarantee basis.
The Eagles originally had five players named to the Pro Bowl: defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tight end Zach Ertz, right guard Brandon Brooks, center Jason Kelce, and long snapper Rick Lovato. Brooks obviously won’t be playing in the game as he recovers from his season-ending shoulder injury. It’s unclear who else will or won’t be playing.
The 2020 Pro Bowl will take place this Sunday, January 26. Start time is 3:00 PM ET ... if you actually plan on watching. The game allegedly had over 8 million viewers last year!