At the start of the season, Rasul Douglas found himself as the 4th Cornerback on the depth chart, behind Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones. He didn’t have many opportunities at the start of the season, although in Week One against the Falcons he intercepted Matt Ryan in one of his two defensive snaps. He started getting playing time often on defense when the team traveled to London to face the Jaguars and the team was dealing with injuries to some other players in the secondary. As those players continue rehabbing, Douglas has been on the field still – mainly playing middling and uninspiring coverage.
At the beginning of Monday Night’s game against the Redskins, much of the same happened. He got burnt by Josh Doctson, and when that took place most fans figured “here we go…” and would end up seeing much of the same the rest of the game. Douglas ended up proving us fans wrong, as he bounced back immediately and the next two plays he make two strong tackles to help the Eagles defense bounce back.
Rasul Douglas with two strong plays after giving up a catch #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) December 4, 2018
In the 4th Quarter when the game was still too close for comfort, the Redskins pulled a trick play that looked like it was going to turn into a touchdown, but Douglas made an amazing awareness-play and was able to tackle Chris Thompson before he got to the open field.
— DIE-HARD 🦅 Fans (@Eaglesfans9) December 4, 2018
Another angle of that play shows just how important Douglas’ tackle was, as there was no other Eagles Defensive Back within 20 yards of Thompson and would have had a clear path for a Redskins touchdown.
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 5, 2018
Douglas certainly has had his ups and downs in his two seasons in Philadelphia, but if he ends up playing like he did against the Redskins from now on, the Eagles might see him as a possible starting Cornerback in the near future.