Mailata's selection is extraordinary considering he only played his first organised American football game a month ago and the long list of more experienced players who the Eagles cut on Saturday ahead of Thursday's NFL regular season opener.
Wentz still hasn't been medically cleared for contact as he comes back from surgery last December to fix two torn ligaments in his left knee. But, Philadelphia chose to start Foles because it thought it would be better for Wentz long term, the report says.
Nick Foles will be under center for Philadelphia in Week 1. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP in Philadelphia's 41-33 win over New England. He threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs. The team made a decision to sit him down for the start of the year, prioritizing his long-term health over the immediate needs of the franchise. Other media outlets have also reported the team's intention to start Foles, such as ESPN.
The team gave Foles a raise this offseason to reward him for his postseason performance and keep him in Philly for at least another year.