PHILADELPHIA - Eagles rookie tackle Lane Johnson was a little tired but very happy on Tuesday.
The first-round draft pick was back with the team after spending the past three days with his wife, Chelsea, and their newborn son. David Jace Johnson was born on Saturday.
"I didn't get much sleep the last couple days, but I feel good," Johnson said after practice at the NovaCare Complex. "Everybody's doing fine. Our son weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and he's got big ole hands and feet."
To prove it, Johnson even posted a picture of his son's unusually large hands on his Twitter account, @LaneJohnson69.
Lane Johnson, 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, was back at right tackle on Tuesday and will start with the first-team offense in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina.
Johnson is coming off an impressive performance in last Friday's preseason game against Pittsburgh.
"I thought Lane did a really nice job in the first game," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "He may have been our most consistent offensive lineman. He knew exactly what he was doing, didn't have any mental errors and played with great effort.
"He didn't really stick out like a rookie, and I mean that in a good way. You know, sometimes I think they stick out as rookies in a poor way where they're going in the wrong direction or they're caught up in (the excitement). But I don't think he was by any stretch."
Johnson, who was the fourth-overall draft pick out of Oklahoma, is viewed as the Eagles' best offensive line prospect since Shawn Andrews was their first-round pick in 2004. Andrews broke his leg in the first game of his rookie season, but went on to make two Pro Bowls before personal issues and back troubles ended his career.
Along with third-year center Jason Kelce, who also started as a rookie in 2011, Johnson is part of a potentially solid offensive line this season that will feature six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, left guard Evan Mathis and right guard Todd Herremans. Kelce, Peters and Herremans all missed significant time last season with injuries.
"It's nice to get compliments from the coaches and things, but I try not to let myself get too high or too low," Johnson said. "The last thing I want to do is get big-headed."
Peters will not play against the Panthers. He's been sidelined for the past week with a strained hamstring.
As expected, Kelly announced that Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback against the Panthers and that Michael Vick will relieve him.
The two are expected to share playing time with the starting offense for the first half.
"We're trying to get our ones more work through the first and second quarter now," Kelly said. "We'll see how that plays out. In the ideal world, we'd like to get them into the first and second quarter and not see those guys at all in the second half."
Rookie Matt Barkley will likely play the third quarter, followed by Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne. Kinne only played three snaps against the Steelers, but completed both of his pass attempts for 60 yards.
Because he rarely gets any snaps in practice, Kinne has been keeping busy by lining up on special teams. He's been getting some reps on punt coverage, punt returns and on kickoff returns.
"They were short a couple of guys, and they felt like they needed some help, so I jumped in there," Kinne said. "I played special teams in high school, so I'm used to it."
Kinne did have a painful experience in last week's joint practices with the Patriots, however.
He was lined up as the lead blocker on a kickoff return and got flattened by Patriots safety Kanorris Davis.
"We were supposed to be in thud mode, but I guess he didn't see I had a red jersey (signifying no contact) on," Kinne said. "That's OK. I'm a tough guy. I'm from (Gilmer) Texas."
Bumps and bruises
Long-snapper Jon Dorenbos (concussion), tackle Dennis Kelly (back surgery), tackle Ed Wang (sprained knee) and guard Danny Watkins (concussion) did not practice Tuesday. Peters worked out on a limited basis.
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