Eagles’ Australian rookie Jordan Mailata “loving the challenge”

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There are nearly 3,000 players in NFL training camps right now, and none of them is as inexperienced as Jordan Mailata.

Mailata, the Australian rugby player who was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round this year, said he’s finding he has a lot to learn but believes he can get better.

It’s a very hard game and I’m loving the challenge,” Mailata said. “I’m here to get better every single day. I’m working hard and I’m confident that it’s all going to come together.”

At 6-foot-8 and 346 pounds, Mailata looks like he was born to play offensive tackle — he was just born in the wrong country for it. The Eagles think he can develop into a good NFL lineman, and that’s what he’s trying to learn.

“I’m making progress. I’m getting better,” said Mailata. “There is still so much to take in. It’s only been a week here after the spring practices. At some point I do think it will become second nature, but I know I’m a long ways away from that now.”

Whether Mailata makes the 53-man roster this year remains to be seen, but he’ll be worth watching in the preseason. He’s one of the best stories in the NFL this summer.

34 responses to “Eagles’ Australian rookie Jordan Mailata “loving the challenge”

  1. I seriously doubt that he’ll make a roster, but it’s a nice story. Inexperience is almost always the kiss of death in the NFL. It’s a shame there are no minor leagues for football in the same manner as baseball. Giving people experience in the minors could be invaluable. Somehow that’s just never seemed to catch on with football. It’s a pity.

  2. This guy is a mountain of a man, strong as an ox but has no shot of making the 53 man roster as I see it today. He is even a long shot at the practice squad but that’s where he needs to be to learn the game and get better. He just isn’t ready to help the Eagles or any other team this year.

  3. I know he doesn’t make the 53 this year but when he does besides O Tackle he will be the TB out of the “I” on the goal line. What a beast !

  4. After the Eagles moved up in the draft to get him there is a very good chance he makes the 53 man roster just to avoid exposing him to other teams who would now be getting a more polished player free.

  5. Jordan you are about to be cut by the team that won the luckiest sb in the history of the NFL.

  6. Hopefully he can make the practice squad but either way its a great experience for him.

  7. Stephen Neal put together a nice career w/NE and he never played college football. He was great collegiate wrestler. Nate Ebner played one year of Special Teams at Ohio State and has been w/NE for the past 6 years – he was a former HS and college rugby player.

    If anything this guy would be a a return teams nightmare running down under kickoffs

  8. Youknowimright says:
    August 1, 2018 at 8:57 am
    Jordan you are about to be cut by the team that won the luckiest sb in the history of the NFL.

    ——————————————

    Man, that jealousy tastes so sweet! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  9. No jealousy here chappy just like trolling eagle fans because they take it too seriously. Love to see how they are going to “defend” their team…….like you di….too funny.

  10. I hope he becomes the best offensive lineman in the league then is inducted into the Hall Of Fame !

  11. I can’t wait to see the Eagles miss the playoffs. They aren’t all that, but their fans think for some reason they have double the talent compared to the rest of the NFC East.

  12. Why not make him a fb, rb, or dl? There could be so many better uses for this dude where he could make an impact. They’re wasting their time trying to make him into an o lineman.

  13. What does he do during the national anthem? If he sits he’ll be labeled a treasonous son of a B.

  14. Uh it’s pretty reasonable to have high expectations for a team who just won the super bowl. Personally, I think the eagles are better on paper but so are the falcons, saints, Vikings & rams. The NFC is going to be brutal to get through, I can see any one of those teams representing the nfc in SB53

  15. How can you not root for the guy. Stranger things have happened. I remember when the Utah Jazz had Mark Eaton who was 7’4″. He was about as mobile as a redwood but he was a space eater. Frank Layden said “You can’t teach height.” Hopefully this guy can make their practice squad. I’m sure they didn’t trade up just to waste it. You just never know in the NFL. I hope he makes it but it’s a tall order.

  16. I can’t imagine trying to tackle this guy on the rugby pitch if he had a full steam running with the ball. No pads

  17. Even if he makes it past the tackling dummy stage (I mean practice squad), he’ll have old man knees in a year. Rugby players don’t go for the lower legs often. NFL players will see the monstrosity coming and plow low time after time until he can’t walk any more.

  18. Youknowimright says:
    August 1, 2018 at 8:57 am

    “Jordan you are about to be cut by the team that won the luckiest sb in the history of the NFL”.

    Yes the Eagles were lucky to lose for the season their MVP QB Carson Wentz, Hall of Fame left tackle, Jason Peters, All Pro middle LB, Jordan Hicks, All Pro all everything running back Darren Sproles, special teams ace Chris Maragos, and starting kicker Caleb Sturgis. Now what was that you were saying about how lucky the Eagles were? No other team in football could have sustained that amount of lucky and won a Super Bowl.

  19. Youknowimright says:
    August 1, 2018 at 9:39 am
    No jealousy here chappy just like trolling eagle fans because they take it too seriously. Love to see how they are going to “defend” their team…….like you di….too funny.

    Do you say anything else? Trust me, nobody in Philly cares even one bit about some idiot that posts the same thing over and over on an internet message board dude.

  20. Youknowimright says:
    August 1, 2018 at 11:31 pm
    Most discussed but nobody in Philly cares…..in your heads…too funny.

    The funny thing is nobody thinks your funny. Oh well.

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