By Annie Ross
Jordan Mailata is a decided long shot to make the Super Bowl champ Eagles’ Final 53.
After all, he was drafted with the Birds’ last pick in April, and the 6-8, 346-pound Samoan-Australian-American is a rugby player who until this year had never even tried football.
But after his first taste of action Thursday night against the Steelers, Mailata drew some praise from Eagles O-line coach Jeff Stoutland:
“Anybody that’s here has the potential to help us at some point. I saw a player that was a little nervous starting. That was his first football game of his life. I think he probably put pads on maybe 12 times so far in his life. But after early on, he really settled in and tried to apply the techniques we’re teaching him. I think he did a nice job with that part of it. To me, his development and his improvement each and every day is really good.”
“He’s got danger written all over him. He can run fast, he’s big. There’s a lot of things he has to learn, but how many people have those things? He’s unique.”