Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas sets a weekly turnover goal
Eagles rookie Rasul Douglas plans to set a goal every week.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been quite thin in the secondary to say the least. After veteran cornerback Ronald Darby suffered an injury in week one, things have gotten tougher on the defense. Second-year veteran Jalen Mills has been assigned to be the lockdown corner. Then, after Jaylen Watkins suffered a hamstring injury in week two, the Eagles were forced to call up their 2017 third round pick, Rasul Douglas.
Douglas was impressive against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Eagles second game. He finished with four total tackles, and one of them was an impressive open field tackle to prevent a possible touchdown. His rookie debut was solid enough to land him the starting role against the New York Giants.
So how did the West Virginia alum fair against the division rivals? Well, for starters, he had an impressive interception on a deep ball that was intended for Brandon Marshall, and he also finished out with an additional three solo tackles and one assist. Normally, the first interception for a rookie is big, but for Douglas, it just didn’t seem to be enough.
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Douglas told the media on Wednesday that he didn’t accomplish his original goal last Sunday. He actually planned to force two turnovers against the Giants, not one, but although he was only able to accomplish half of his goal, he still seems satisfied with a winning outcome.
You have to appreciate the motivation and the hunger of the rookie, and most of us do. It seemed like the Eagles could be in a world of hurt after losing Darby, but Douglas’ ability to step up should garner him some credit.
This goal that he’ s set for himself doesn’t seem so far-fetched, and you can bet on the fact that he’ll do evrything he can to make good on his plan. In case you didn’t know, Douglas was tied for the most interceptions in the NCAA a season ago with eight, and if he can continue to build off what he started last Sunday, then Douglas may find himself a permanent spot on top of the depth chart for years to come.