The Green Bay Packers signed Rasul Douglas on Oct. 7, 2021, from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. On Oct. 28, he had a game-sealing interception in the end zone against the Cardinals, his former team. Since then, Douglas has become a fan favorite and signed a long-term deal to stay in Green Bay.
In 2022, Rasul Douglas became one of the most important pieces on the defense and established himself as a premiere cornerback.
Rasul Douglas at Safety?
The Packers have yet to sign Adrian Amos, so they may lose a secondary staple. The safety position might be a hole on the roster, but there were conversations about moving Rasul Douglas to fill the role.
Douglas has the physical tools to play safety. He is a good tackler with lots of range and, most importantly, has great hands and anticipation.
However, head coach Matt LaFluer Douglas confirmed that Rasul Douglas would start on the outside to begin the season.
LaFleur says Darnell Savage will start out at safety and Rasul Douglas at outside corner. Keisean Nixon will get every opportunity to win the nickel job.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) March 28, 2023
Rasul Douglas' position won't change the impact he can have on the field. Not only does Douglas come away with plenty of interceptions, they often come in clutch time. Since joining the Packers, he has nine interceptions and two touchdowns. LaFleur already confirmed that Douglas will start the year at outside corner, but Brian Gutekunst is confident that Douglas could transition to safety easily if the team wants:
"(Douglas) has such good eyes and instincts when he's back there and seeing the whole field," Gutekunst said. "Anytime you move a guy inside, whether it's the nickel or the safety, and you have both sides you really have to worry about, there's a curve there that's going to take some time to really understand that. But his skill set as far as his eyes, his ability to go get the ball, his angles, his instincts and he's a pretty good tackler, too, he could make that transition if that's what we decided to do."
Position Doesn't Matter for Mr. Clutch
Rasul Douglas is everything a team wants in a corner. He's physical, tough, clutch and so much more. The coaching staff already knows he has the skill set to play safety if needed, but he can also play nickel. He actually played nickel to begin 2022 but moved back outside when Eric Stokes got hurt.
Last offseason, Douglas said he enjoyed the challenge of playing nickel:
Obviously, that was last offseason, but the team should be happy to know that Douglas is up for the task if he is needed there again. Whether it's at safety, outside corner or nickel, Rasul Douglas is going to have a big season.
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