Former rugby player Jordan Mailata admits it will 'be real hard' to make Eagles

Martin Frank, The (Delaware) News Journal, USA TODAY NETWORK
Published 11:05 a.m. ET May 16, 2018


When former Buccaneers and Falcons center Joe Hawley left the game of football, he decided to give away most of his possessions, buy a van and hit the road with his dog.

PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Mailata and Matt Pryor weigh a combined 684 pounds and stand more than 13 feet tall.

Yet it will take a lot of doing for Mailata, the Eagles’ seventh-round draft pick, and Pryor, their sixth-round pick, to ever see the field side by side. 

They are both relatively new to football. Mailata, a former rugby player in Australia, is so new that rookie minicamp last weekend represented his first ever experience as part of a team.

“Before, I had one peanut (of knowledge),” he said. “I have two peanuts now.”

“That’s the way I’m seeing it,” he added. “I think it’s the right attitude to approach it, keep me in check. You don’t know anything. Even though it’s your…

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