Rookie Rasul Douglas was a Bright Spot in Loss to Chiefs
Over the first two weeks of the season, the Eagles’ have already lost a pair of cornerbacks; Ronald Darby and Jaylen Watkins, due to injury.
There was however a bright light in the injury-riddled secondary. That belonged to third-round draft pick Rasul Douglas, who acquitted himself well in the game against the Chiefs in his first extended regular season action.
"Rasul stepped in, and I thought he did a good job," said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on Tuesday. "He tackled well and made no mental mistakes. That's a tough duty against what they do offensively from read option, reverses to shovel passes to jet sweeps to all the different stuff, and it's a lot of moving parts. I was proud of him for that part of it."
With his 6’2” frame, Douglas is the one corner on the roster who has the size to match up with some of the bigger physical receivers the Eagles will see this season like Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Amari Cooper, Larry Fitzgerlad just to name a few.
"Yeah, we saw it last year at West Virginia," Schwartz said when asked about the physical aspect of Douglas' game. "I mean, that was one of the reasons we liked him. He was a tough, physical player, and he has good size."
"He's so long," added Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Monday. " He's got great ball skills, and the confidence is just going to continue to grow with him. It was good to see him out there, and he did make some good plays."
With the injuries, Douglas played 39 snaps and gave Eagles fans plenty of reason for optimism for his development moving forward.
"Now moving forward, he'll get more opportunity to play and work in practice," Pederson said.