Good morning, Eagles fans. This is a Wednesday edition of Early Birds, with the Eagles beginning practice today for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Doug Pederson has a 10:30 a.m. news conference, and the Eagles' trade for Jay Ajayi will be the big topic. What do you think of the trade?
— Zach Berman
I'll tackle both of these questions.
First, on Lane Johnson. The Eagles like the way Johnson is playing on the right side, where he's practiced all season and is most comfortable. The difference between left tackle and right tackle is not as pronounced as it used to be; top pass rushers, such as Denver's Von Miller, come from Johnson's side. And by moving Johnson over to the left and playing Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the right side, they'd be disrupting two spots. That's why the Eagles went the direction they did.