Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce impressed by Landon Dickerson

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Dickerson already impressing veteran teammates originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Landon Dickerson is just one week into full-team spring practices and the second-round offensive lineman is already impressing some of his veteran teammates.

Including two of the best at their positions in the entire league in Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson.

“He’s as advertised,” Jason Kelce said. “He’s a big, fun guy, loves the game of football. You can tell that right away. He loves talking about football. He’s got a great personality. I think this kid’s going to offer a lot to our room. He’s big, he’s physical, he’s strong, he’s smart. He’s got all the tools. I’m excited to work with him and I’m just excited that he’s here.”

Kelce last Wednesday said he and Dickerson hadn’t yet spent a ton of time together but they were able to get lunch together. There’s a chance that Dickerson could be Kelce’s replacement for the 2022 season.

At 6-foot-6, 333 pounds, Dickerson would have likely been a first-round pick if not for his lengthy injury history. Most recently, Dickerson suffered another torn ACL in December. Dickerson was the No. 37 pick.

He’s not even a full-go in Eagles practice yet, but Johnson has seen enough to have high hopes for the rookie.

“He’s a big dude, man,” Johnson said with a smile on his face. “I watched him a little bit. I don’t think he’s fully cleared but watching him come off the ball, some stuff that he’s able to do, he’s extremely explosive. And just a big dude — 6-6, 330, 340. A big body. So he’s going to be a great player for us hopefully sooner than later but we’ll see how his recovery is, his rehab goes. But he’s looking really good so far.”

The Eagles haven’t put a timetable on Dickerson’s recovery but it seems like it’s going well five months from the injury. Once Dickerson is healthy, he likely figures into the Eagles’ plans as the top backup at all three interior line positions. He played guard, center and even some tackle in college, starting at least one game at all five positions during his college career.

The ultimate hope is that the Eagles got a steal and Dickerson is able to fulfill his Pro Bowl/All-Pro potential for the Eagles over the next decade. We’re less than a month into his professional career, but early returns on Dickerson are good.

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