Rasul Douglas knows what it is like to move around a lot. From November 2, 2020, to October 6, 2021, he played for or was on the practice squad of four different NFL teams. After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles (and winning a Super Bowl), Douglas played for the Carolina Panthers in 2020.
Following the 2020 season, Rasul Douglas signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. They decided to release him, though, during the 2021 preseason. After his release, he spent time on the practice squads of the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers had a cornerback problem. Despite having Eric Stokes and Jaire Alexander, both partners of Mayfield Sports, the team needed a boost in the secondary. Alexander hurt his shoulder and was out for the remainder of the season. As a result, the Packers plucked Rasul Douglas off of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad and thrust him into action.
Rasul Douglas: First Game as a Packer
Ironically, the first game Douglas played for the Packers was against the Arizona Cardinals. The back-and-forth contest saw the Packers lose Robert Tonyan to a torn ACL. Green Bay was already short-handed with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all out.
Fortunately, the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, and he helped give the Packers the lead late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals got the ball back with less than two minutes left in the game and proceeded to march down the field. Then, with the clock winding down, Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray threw to A.J. Green in the end zone. Rasul Douglas picked the ball cleanly, consequently clinching the victory for the Green Bay Packers.
Not only did Douglas’ interception seal the win, but he also led the Packers' defense with nine tackles and two passes defended. It was a sign of things to come.
From Practice Squad to Pro Bowl
Rasul Douglas missed the 2021 Pro Bowl in votes. However, they voted him in as a Pro Bowl alternate. Had he been able to play a full season with the Packers, he almost certainly would have been voted into the contest. Perhaps he would have even been named an All-Pro.
In 12 games (nine starts) with the Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas had 57 total tackles, 13 passes defended, and five interceptions. Douglas returned two of these interceptions for touchdowns. His two defensive touchdowns led the NFL.
While these stats look great, they do not tell the full story of how great Douglas is. The advanced stats show how much of a game-changer Douglas was for the Green Bay Packers.
In 2021, Rasul Douglas allowed just 32 receptions on 64 targets. His 5.5 yards allowed per target were by far the best in his career. Ironically, Douglas scored just as many touchdowns himself (two) as he gave up to opposing wide receivers. Perhaps the most impressive stat of all, though, is that quarterbacks had a rating of just 44.5 when targeting Douglas.
Rasul Douglas Wanted to Stay in Green Bay
After the Green Bay Packers exited the playoff early, Rasul Douglas’ contract with the team was up. In his postseason press conference, he expressed to the media that he wanted to return to the Packers, “If they will have me.” He previously had expressed this desire to Matt LaFleur privately.
Fortunately, the Green Bay Packers felt the same way and offered Rasul Douglas a three-year $21 million contract. Now, the Packers' defense boasts Douglas, Alexander, and Stokes as their top three cornerbacks, certainly the best trio in the NFL.
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