Nate Herbig had good reason to view the 2020 season as a success from an individual perspective. A rookie free agent who retired from Stanford in 2019, Herbig started 12 games (five at left guard, seven at right guard) and played 79% of snaps, second among all Eagles offensive linemen behind Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce.
But that’s not how Herbig thought of the year.
“I feel like I left a lot of things on the table. I’m disappointed in myself. I feel like I could have been a lot better,” said the center / guard.
Knowing what it takes to play in the NFL, Herbig has devoted himself to this offseason. He plans to show up to training camp in less than two weeks at 325 pounds, 30 less than his rookie weight. He said it was the lightest he had been since his sophomore year of high school.
How did he do it? He spent the entire offseason training with Lane Johnson in the All-Pro right tackle’s home gym when the Eagles’ training schedule was not underway. He cleaned up his food. He aims for 11 hours of sleep every night.
“I’ve said in the past that I wanted to, but my body didn’t show it. I wanna show the Eagles, I wanna show the world, I wanna show myself that’s what I want. playing in the NFL for a long time. I feel like I can be a good player. I want to give myself the best opportunity to be the best I can to help the team, “Herbig said.
“I have the rest of my life to take a vacation. I don’t want to waste this opportunity. I want to try to be the best version of myself. I just turned 23 (July 10). knew I needed to lose weight. I knew I needed to be in better shape. I needed to become more of a student of the game. “
Herbig recently moved away from the Philadelphia area, but not on vacation. Instead, he joined Johnson and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks for the OL Masterminds summit in Frisco, Texas last weekend for a gathering of linemen and offensive coaches to talk shop. and hone their skills ahead of the upcoming season. For Herbig, it underscored how lucky he is to play in Philadelphia.
“Being there made me really grateful to play for the Philadelphia Eagles,” he said. “Seeing how much respect the guys in the league have for these two (Brooks and Johnson) makes me realize that I have to work to improve myself.”