How Eagles OL Jack Driscoll bounced back after Jets debacle – NBC Sports Philadelphia

How Eagles OL Jack Driscoll bounced back after Jets debacle – NBC Sports Philadelphia

Last time was a disaster.

And after Jack Driscoll’s performance against the Jets, it was fair to feel a little concerned when we learned a few hours before kickoff on Sunday that All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson would miss the Bills game and Driscoll would start against one of the NFL’s toughest fronts.

“I came out and didn’t play my best,” Driscoll said of the Jets game — the Eagles’ only loss of the year. “You guys know that. I know that. It’s been frustrating, but I’ve been getting better every day. If my number is called, I’ll be good to go.”

“I didn’t play at the level I should have. …Today was the opportunity for me to go out there and show what I can do.

And he did just that as the Eagles won their fifth straight since the Jets loss and improved their best record in the league to 10-1.

Even with only a few hours notice, Driscoll came out and battled for 60-plus minutes in the Eagles’ 37-34 overtime win over the Bills. The Eagles had a bit of a rough start in the first series, but then he calmed down and played very well.

The Eagles recorded 378 net yards — 279 after halftime — and scored 37 points against a defense that allows 18 points per game.

Driscoll said offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland called him around 11:30 a.m. or noon and told him Johnson was out and he was starting.

“It’s just time to go,” he said. “We have a game to win and no one is going to sit there and feel sorry for me. Just go out there and play as hard as I can. It’s not going to be perfect. I’m doing my best to help the team win.”

Jalen Hurts was sacked twice but for just seven yards and not at all over the Eagles’ final six drives, which included four touchdowns and a field goal.

“Phenomenal,” Jason Kelce said of Driscoll. “You don’t really notice a lot of negative plays. Obviously, Lane Johnson, our success with Lane in and out of the game is well documented. He’s a big part of what allows us to operate at a very high level.”

“Jack figured out late that he was going to have to go out there and play, and I thought he played a lot of good football for us. I know things didn’t go as he had hoped in the Jets game, but he went out there today and played really well against a lot of Really good defensive ends.

Since the Eagles drafted Driscoll out of Auburn via UMass in the fourth round in 2020, he has played the same role, backing up guard and blocking and never knowing when he would have to play.

He’s started 17 games now at three different positions — four at right tackle as a rookie, eight at right guard and one at right tackle in 2021, one at left tackle and two at right tackle last year and now one at right tackle this year.

“Jack was more prepared,” Kelsey said. “He had a lot of reps at tackle. Going into the Jets game, he was moving all over the place because we had some extenuating circumstances that had him gearing up for multiple positions.

“This week, he was honing his skills at right tackle, so I think even though he had to make a last-minute play, he had a lot of reps this week and spent a lot of time thinking about getting ready at right tackle, which I think you’ve I’ve seen better techniques and a lot of things are done at a high level today.

Hopefully, Johnson can return for the 49ers on Sunday. Poor field conditions had something to do with the Eagles’ decision to sit him on Sunday.

But if Driscoll were to play again? He certainly inspired a lot of confidence with the way he performed on Sunday.

“Lane is obviously one of the best players in the NFL,” Nick Sirianni said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Lane Johnson is one of the best players in the world. We have a lot of confidence in Jack Driscoll. I haven’t watched the tape, but I have a feeling he played a great game just because of the way the game was going, the rush, all those different things.

“Lane wanted to play, and he wanted to be tough. It just didn’t feel like he could in that sense. I know it hurt Len, that he wanted to play bad in this game. … Obviously we did a lot of our planning looking at how to help (Driscoll),” he started. A little early in the game to do some of that stuff, but he settled in and had a really good game.

“We felt that as the game developed, that was our plan, to see how the game went, and see if we had to hang in there. As the game developed, we kept gaining more and more confidence in Jack’s ability to stop that rush. Great contribution from Jack.

Everyone knows how valuable Johnson is.

He is a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. Hall of Fame caliber right tackle.

Everyone has seen the numbers. Entering Sunday, the Eagles are 70-31-1 since 2016 when Johnson plays and 10-22 when he doesn’t play.

This is now 11-22.

Because Driscoll was ready.

“I mean, our job is to be ready at any time,” he said. “It’s no different whether it’s in the first game or before the game or (anytime).” My mentality is to be ready because I don’t want to be the reason we go in there and we can’t execute or we can’t be good offensively.

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