A report by Philadelphia Daily News reporter, Paul Domowitch, contends top tier lineman of the 2013 NFL draft, Lane Johnson, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Domowitch also reports, Johnson will be banned from the Eagles’ games against the Jaguars, Colts, Redskins and 49ers. A total of four weeks the Eagles’ offensive line will have a significant hole on the right side. Back up right tackle and six year veteran Allen Barbre will fill the void during that four game stretch.
Barbre has been an average tackle on the five teams he’s suited up for. He has created a name for himself by being sufficiently capable in every spot on the offensive line. In Barbre’s initial stent with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 he was slotted to play left guard. After playing left guard for the Packers for two years Barbre was asked to play right tackle. The player ultimately won the starting job but lost his roster spot. In 2013 Barbre signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a back-up tackle. Barbre signed a three year extension less than a month ago.
Despite signing a contract extension with Barbre, rumors within the Eagles organization suggest the Eagle will be digging through NFL free agents to find depth for their offensive line.
In weeks three and four, the Eagles face two tough defensive linemen and Barbre will likely be their target to get quick rushes on the quarterback. In week three the Eagles play the Washington Redskins and Ryan Kerrigan.
Kerrigan recorded eight and a half sacks last season and will be looking to pad his stats by taking advantage of Barbre. In week four the Eagles play Amad Brooks and San Francisco. Just like Kerrigan Brooks averaged eight and half sacks last season.