Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select freak athlete Jordan Mailata in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, people have been asking: “Why not let this guy play with the ball in his hands?”
After watching the Australian’s rugby league highlights, It’s not hard to see why the question is asked.
To this point, the Eagles have been clear that they view Mailata as an offensive lineman. The rookie exclusively played at left tackle in the preseason.
But does that mean Mailata will NEVER get a chance to see what he can do with the ball in his hands? Doug Pederson was asked about the possibility during his Wednesday press conference.
Q: What’s the likelihood in the future he can be used in a situation as a running back?
DOUG PEDERSON: That’s a good question. I don’t know. He’s definitely used to carrying a larger football. Do they call it a football? I don’t know what they call it. A ball? Very athletic guy. It’s intriguing. It’s not out of the question.”
OMG, Doug said “it’s not out of the question”! It’s totally going to happen now! Mailata’s the Eagles’ season-saving secret weapon!
So, not quite. Barring further offensive line injuries, Mailata isn’t even likely to be active for the rest of this season. He’s only suited up for one game thus far and he didn’t even play a single snap.
Moving forward, Mailata will likely continue to be used as an offensive lineman. Why wouldn’t he when he showed intriguing potential a spot that’s way more valued than running back?
The idea of Mailata carrying the ball and smashing dudes like he did in rugby league is fun to think about, no doubt. I wouldn’t mind testing it out next preseason. But I’ll believe it when I see it.
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