The Eagles downgraded right tackle Lane Johnson to questionable

 Thursday morning. But Johnson will play after going through a
pregame workout on his injured ankle.Johnson fully practiced Wednesday after
being a limited participant Tuesday. He will try to push through the injury
tonight.The Eagles already had ruled out five players Wednesday Authentic
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, and running back Darren Sproles
(hamstring), safety Corey Graham (hamstring), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata
(calf), linebacker Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee) and linebacker D.J. Alexander
(quadricep) are inactive. The team’s other two inactives are offensive guard
Matt Pryor and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata.The Giants won’t have their top
two tight ends with Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison inactive. The team already had
ruled out Engram (knee) with Ellison (foot) entering the day as questionable.The
Giants’ other inactives are receiver Russell Shepard (neck), quarterback Kyle
Lauletta, safety Kamrin Moore, center Evan Brown and defensive tackle John
Jenkins.New York will have Olivier Vernon in the lineup for the first time this
year. He missed the first five weeks with an ankle injury.Ereck Flowers to the
bench: Things I think it means for the Giants Today is a joyous one for many New
York Giants fans, whether they defeat the Houston Texans or not. Offensive
tackle Ereck Flowers, a favorite target of fans’ anger for more than three
seasons now, is no longer part of the team’s starting lineup.Here are five
things I think that means for the Giants.Flowers’ scholarship has been
revokedFormer GM Jerry Reese spent the last couple of seasons defending Flowers
and trying to justify passing on Todd Gurley and several other quality players,
rather than admitting his mistake and trying to fix it. As long as Reese was GM,
Flowers had protection. Tom Coughlin had to play him. Ben McAdoo had to play
him.Well ,
with Dave Gettleman having replaced Reese new coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t have to
play him. The Giants have Flowers under contract this year and tried to get
something out of him by moving him to the right side.After two games, after
watching countless communication breakdowns on the right side, after Flowers
appeared to admit that he hadn’t studied properly for the Week 1 game against
the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shurmur appears to be done with Flowers.Sunday, he
will be the only backup tackle on the roster. He will almost certainly only see
the field in an emergency. It wouldn’t surprise me, to be honest, if we see a
new backup tackle on the roster next week and that Flowers, except for the
aforementioned emergency, is done as a player for the Giants. Desperation
timeThe Giants are 0-2. Shurmur and Gettleman weren’t part of last season’s 3-13
disaster. They are, in fact, Giants decision-makers because of it. They know,
however, that because of last season and because of their decision to go all-in
on 37-year-old Eli Manning at quarterback New York Giants
, that there is growing unrest in the fan base and in the
media.They know they have no more time to talk about getting better or being on
the right path. They know they have to win games, and they know that facing the
Houston Texans in their building is not going to be easy. They know that they
don’t have a whole lot of options with the current roster, but this was one of
the realistic options they had.Will it help? J.J. Watt & Co. will have
something to say about that.I would expect to see the Giants throw caution to
the wind Sunday afternoon. They started to do that by going for it twice on
fourth-and-1 in their own territory last week vs. the Dallas Cowboys, and by
using Odell Beckham Jr. on a fourth-quarter punt return. They wasted no time
this week trying to upgrade the fullback spot after Shane Smith played poorly
vs. Dallas.Don’t be surprised at all to see Shurmur dig deep into the playbook
today. A pass by Beckham or Saquon Barkley? Maybe. More shots down the field?
Have to try. Fifteen targets for Beckham AND 25 touches for Barkley? The best
players have to get the ball. Beckham on punt returns and Barkley or Beckham on
kickoff returns? If you aren’t going to use them today it might be pointless to
use them in those capacities the rest of the season.Wheeler’s chanceLet’s give
Reese and his staff a little credit for Wheeler being a Giant. They took a
chance on a player who many thought had the talent to be selected in the middle
rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, but who went undrafted because of off-the-field
concerns.Since the spring the Giants have obviously been intent on giving
Flowers every chance to make a successful transition to right tackle. Wheeler
got no first-team reps in OTAs, mandatory mini-camp or training camp.Now,
Wheeler gets his opportunity. Lining up against J.J. Watt is no picnic, but it’s
the job. Wheeler doesn’t have to be great. He just has to be adequate. He has to
know his assignments. He has to properly pass off stunts and twists.Even if he’s
terrible today and the Giants sign a veteran offensive tackle it will take a few
weeks for that player to get up to speed on the playbook. So, this is Wheeler’s
big chance. Let’s see if he can take advantage of it.What about Patrick
Omameh?As soon as the news broke about Flowers being replaced in the lineup, the
“now remove Omameh” sentiment started. Like this:Well, Omameh is playing today
... and probably staying in the lineup for the foreseeable future.When you try
to fix something that is broken you go piece-by-piece. You don’t throw out the
motor because you need new spark plugs or an oil change. Because they are
replacing Flowers and having to insert John Greco at center to replace the
out-for-the-season Jon Halapio the Giants are already replacing 40 percent of
their offensive line in Week 3. Let’s see what that accomplishes.Omameh has a
3-year, $15 million contract with $10.05 million guaranteed this season and
next. He isn’t getting benched after two games.Pro Football Focus has Omameh
with 1 sack and 3 pressures allowed in two games. The biggest issue on that
right side with Flowers and Omameh lined up next to each other has been
communication on defensive line stunts and twists. The Giants have talked about
players needing to know their assignments, and it’s apparent much of that was
pointed at Flowers. Let’s see if that communication and what Brian Baldinger
called “basic assignment football” improves this week.I don’t know if this is
the case and I won’t make an excuse for the less-than-acceptable play of Omameh
so far New York Giants
, but sometimes an offensive lineman’s play can be impacted by
the struggles or mistakes of the guy next to him. Let’s see how Omameh fares
with new players on each side of him Sunday.Help on the horizon?As I mentioned
above, it’s too late for any type of roster move before today’s game. That means
Flowers will be the backup offensive tackle today, and should something happen
to Wheeler or Nate Solder he will be in the game.Next week? If I was undrafted
free agent center Evan Brown, on the 53-man roster but inactive for the first
two games and never mentioned by Shurmur as a possible replacement for Halapio,
I would start wrapping my mind around being bumped down to the practice
squad.Maybe the Giants bring the recently-signed Brian Mihalik off the practice
squad as a backup tackle. Maybe they look to players currently looking for jobs
— a list that includes Austin Howard, Menelik Watson, Austin Pasztor, Cyrus
Kouandjio and others. After today, though, I will be very surprised if there
isn’t a new tackle on the 53-man roster for Week 4.
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