We continue our 2017-18 NFL previews by examining Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie Rasul Douglas’ past, present, and future.
The Past: Coming off a strong senior season at WVU, the Eagles drafted Douglas in the third round. Glowing reviews from rookie camp and a more subdued performance at summer minicamp precede Douglas as he enters his first pro Training Camp.
The Present: In his senior season with the Mountaineers, Douglas was an INT machine, tying for the NCAA lead with 8. The Eagles hope he can continue that trend with his new-era prototypical size for a corner. In rookie camp, when the plays the offense ran was more vanilla, Douglas broke up about every pass thrown his way. In minicamp–and a full set of routes ran by receivers–Douglas wasn’t as successful.
In camp, he will battle Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson for a starting spot.
The Future: There’s a big learning curve for corners in the NFL. As Kevin White can tell him, there are many more routes to learn. For Douglas, that’s more routes to learn to defend. We hope he compared notes will former WVU teammate Daryl Worley of the Carolina Panthers. Worley started from Day 1 as a rookie last season with Carolina, and certainly had some bumps in the road. By the second half of that season, Worley rounded into form, and now seems to have his job locked down for years to come.
Douglas might not follow Worley in starting in Week 1, but if not, he still has a bright future ahead and should see the field often in Philly.
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