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Veterans helping Jordan Mailata make transition from rugby to NFL

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Veterans helping Jordan Mailata make transition from rugby to NFL

Imagine traveling to another part of the world to play a sport that's as foreign to you as the country you're in. You stand 6-foot-8 and weigh 346 pounds. People stare at you with an inquisitive look on their faces trying to determine if you have what it takes to make it or if you’re just a novelty. Did the Eagles waste a seventh-round pick on a hunch?

Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata knows he has a long, grueling task in front of him of trying to become an NFL professional football player. Turning the unnatural into the normal. Mailata knows he's not in this challenge alone. 

"Veteran players are definitely helping me out a lot,” Mailata said. “The boys, whenever I do a rep, as soon as I'm done, they come up to me straight away and give me little pointers on where my shoulders should be facing, where my hand placement should be. They've definitely been helping me a lot. They're pretty great vets to be honest."

No one is more honest than offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. He gave an honest assessment of Mailata Monday when asked him if his pupil had what it takes to make the grade.

"I know this: he has a long way to go, and I know that he has all the critical factors you need to have to be a good offensive lineman, and a good tackle in this league,” Stoutland said. “So now it’s a matter of developing him as a player mentally and physically. There's a process to all this. There's no magic wand."

Mailata has already performed one trick of magically appearing on an NFL roster. The Birds will have patience with him and he's not about to disappear any time soon.

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart topper and a huge Eagles fan

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart topper and a huge Eagles fan

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses Carson Wentz's character through his injury rehab. He takes a look at the Eagles' running back depth. Also, Roob chats with Mondo Cozmo's lead man Josh Ostrander. His single "Shine" hit number one on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017. Ostrander, a Philly native and big Eagles fan, shares his journey and experiencing an Eagles Super Bowl championship.

"He's going to play opening day. I'll go as far as saying I'll be surprised right now if Carson Wentz is not the Eagles starting quarterback on opening day."

1:00 - Carson Wentz's character is unique.
5:00 - Doug Pederson has handled this offseason perfectly.
10:00 - Eagles' running back situation
15:00 - Roob Knows unbelievable stats.
17:00 - Roob's interview with Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo.
19:00 - Josh's memories of the Super Bowl run.
22:00 - Josh's crazy path in music.
31:00 - Josh's Philly roots are still important to him.

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NFL players, including Malcolm Jenkins, respond to Trump’s request

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NFL players, including Malcolm Jenkins, respond to Trump’s request

You might remember earlier this month, when President Donald Trump acknowledged one of the reasons some NFL players have been demonstrating during the national anthem and asked for suggestions for names of people to pardon (see story).

As a reminder, this is what Trump said back on June 8: 

“I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system,” Trump said. “And I understand that. And I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated — friends of theirs or people that they know about — and I’m going to take a look at those applications. And if I find, and my committee finds that they are unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out (of prison).”

Players — at least the Players Coalition, including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins — responded to that request from the president today in an op-ed in the New York Times

The main idea of the op-ed was that the President’s power to pardon people can certainly help, but it doesn’t change the criminal justice system or help combat systemic racism. 

Here’s part of the op-ed, penned by Jenkins, Doug Baldwin, Anquan Boldin and Benjamin Watson, four members of the Players Coalition made up of NFL players: 

President Trump recently made an offer to National Football League players like us who are committed to protesting injustice. Instead of protesting, he suggested, we should give him names of people we believe were ‘unfairly treated by the justice system.’ If he agrees they were treated unfairly, he said, he will pardon them.

To be sure, the president’s clemency power can be a valuable tool for redressing injustice. Just look at Alice Johnson, age 63, who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction until her sentence was commuted by President Trump. He should be commended for using his clemency power in that case.

But a handful of pardons will not address the sort of systemic injustice that N.F.L. players have been protesting. These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level. If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us.

That’s just a very small part of the full op-ed. To read the whole thing, click here

The rest of the piece gets into more specific instances where the players think the criminal justice system should be overhauled and ask the president to use his power to help change it. 

An interesting note toward the bottom of the piece tells Trump, “Our being professional athletes has nothing to do with our commitment to fighting injustice. We are citizens who embrace the values of empathy, integrity and justice, and we will fight for what we believe is right.”

While that might be true, these players have a platform because of their ability on the football field. One they’re using to try to make positive changes in the country. 

Several players, including Eagles defensive end Chris Long and former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith, along with Jenkins, also posted video responses to Trump’s request: 


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