The new guy and the undrafted free agent may be on the outside and looking in.
They say learning a new system in the NFL is similar to learning how to speak a new language. Ugo Amadi has his work cut out for him. It would be erroneous to act as if he doesn’t.
Here’s the task that he has ahead of him. He has to learn a new system and playbook. He has to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates. Oh, and by the way, seven other guys who play the same position he does want to make this team too.
When the Philadelphia Eagles unveiled their first depth chart before the first preseason game versus the New York Jets, Reed Blankenship found himself firmly placed behind six other guys. That’s to be expected. He’s an undrafted rookie free agent. This guy can ball.
Placing a guy who’s never played in an NFL game ahead of two guys who have seems disrespectful, but it is what it is. Mayden has a bad ankle. Amadi has a steeper learning curve, and quite frankly, Blankenship hasn’t performed like the typical undrafted free agent rookie. He looks totally comfortable and had a nice showing in the first preseason game.