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Lane Johnson hopes Patriots fans 'raise hell' Thursday night

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2018 - 8:27 am

While Bill Belichick and the Patriots aren't talking much about the Super Bowl LII rematch Thursday night, Lane Johnson is.

The Eagles offensive tackle continued to talk about the Patriots Tuesday, saying he hopes the fans "raise hell" at Gillette Stadium for the second preseason game.

"Oh yeah. I hope so. I hope they raise hell," Johnson said. "They can cuss me, they can say whatever they want. At the end of the day, I'm not blocking them, I'm blocking guys on the edge, so it really doesn't matter what they say. I know that I'm not going to be well-liked, this team is not going to be well-liked going there, so it's going to basically bring out our best."

Johnson has been trash-talking the Patriots all offseason and then last week said he's been looking forward to facing the Patriots again since beating them in the Super Bowl.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft said he felt disrespected by the Patriots and that's why he continues to bring them up.

"I just felt like we weren't even given a chance going into the game. I felt like we were disrespected, and we were by them," Johnson said. "I made plenty of comments about why I said what I said. It's not like I was coming out of the blue just to talk. It's because I felt like I've been disrespected and the team's been disrespected. It's not like I'm coming out here running my mouth because I want to. No other teams really came out and ran their mouth."

Added Johnson: "People can discredit it all they want. I think it's why I get so much recognition is because a lot of it is true and they don't want to accept it. At the end of the day, man, I'm over it. ... It's a totally different year."

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