PHILADELPHIA — Chase Young could play. Maybe not.
Jordan Mailata’s reaction to the availability of the Washington Pass Rusher?
“Cool,” the Eagles’ left tackle said from his locker this week. “I don’t know. Gotta see a movie.”
If Young plays Monday night when the Commanders visit Lincoln Financial Field in an NFC East matchup against the undefeated Eagles, it will be exactly one year since he last played in a game. That was on November 14, 2021, when the 2020 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year tore his cruciate ligament and hasn’t been heard from since.
Mailata could use a redemption game no matter who he blocks against.
He has a bad taste in his mouth after conceding two sacks in three games on the Eagles’ first possession in the second half in the team’s 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Nov. 3 in a nationally televised game Thursday night Has.
Veteran Jerry Hughes bullied him both times.
“Obviously you don’t want to go without sacks,” Mailata said. “Doing that, (beep) primetime, (beep) that was pretty (beep). Forgive my language. It was pretty bad for me. I hate seeing Jalen (Hurts) get hit. I have to play at a higher level and at the level we’ve been playing at all year.”
Head coach Nick Sirianni took the blame for those sacks when he spoke the next day.
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Mailata was still hard on herself.
“We have this next-play mentality, but it’s really hard when you feel like you’re letting down the team, letting down the coaches and the fans because we know they love us,” he said he.
Mailata will have to stew over those two sacks for eleven days.
“It was hard for me to let go,” he said, “because I felt like I was letting the world down. When that 24 hours went by I really had to focus on the setup and not the setback and how can I avoid that next time. That’s all I’ve done now, seen the movie.”
Mailata’s right shoulder is still not 100% and may not be for the rest of the season. He suffered a dislocated shoulder attempting a jump in Week 4 and missed two games as a result.
However, he doesn’t use it as an excuse, especially with Hughes’ two sacks
“As an offensive lineman, I should still keep the guy in front of me,” said Mailata. “It’s not just the coach himself. I get paid to pass protect and run block and I didn’t do my job in those two games. I carried out the assignment, but if I had just kept it up front, Jalen wouldn’t have been hit twice.”
Washington has one of the best defensive lines the Eagles will face all season. They know what they’re up against as they played them in Week 3 and won a 24-8 judgment. The Commanders (4-5) had three sacks, although two of those came from linebacker Jamin Davis.
“These guys are a pretty good team, pretty good D-line, very physical on offense,” Mailata said, “so we need to keep up physically again this week.”
Ed Kracz is the editor of SI.com’s Fan Nation Eagles Today and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglesmaven.com and please follow him on Twitter: @kracze.