With Jaire Alexander’s return unknown and Kevin King still questionable, the Packers have signed Rasul Douglas off the Cardinals practice squad.
Rasul Douglas History
Rasul Douglas is a 6-foot-2, 209-pound 5th year player in the NFL. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Eagles in 2017. During his time on the Eagles, he played in 46 games, starting 18 of them. The Eagles waived Douglas on the last day of cuts at the start of the 2020 season.
The Carolina Panthers picked him up off waivers at the start of the 2020 season. For the Panthers, Rasul Douglas played in 14 games and started a career-high 11 of them. The two games that Douglas missed were due to Covid-19 regulations and not injury.
Following his stint on the Panthers, he was signed to the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad in April of 2021 and released on August 23rd. The Texans picked him up two days later, but he was again released a week later. At the start of September, the Arizona Cardinals signed Douglas to their practice squad.
Rasul Douglas Statistics
Douglas has 180 total tackles (145 solo), 5 interceptions, and 34 passes defended throughout his career. Douglas is a pretty good tackler for a CB as he only missed 5 tackles in 32 games from 2018-2019. Unfortunately, in 2020 he struggled a bit in tackles and missed 8 of them.
Douglas has struggled the last couple of years he’s played as he hasn’t registered an interception since 2018. Fortunately, Douglas has a knack for, at least, making a play on the ball as he has 19 passes defended from 2019-2020, despite no interceptions.
2018 was the highest-graded season of Douglas’ career. PFF graded him out at 69.6. That year, he registered 58 tackles (48 solo), 4 passes defended, and 3 interceptions. He allowed a career-low 98.5 passer rating and 4 touchdowns in his 16 games played, as well.
Let’s be honest for a minute. Rasul Douglas isn’t Stephon Gilmore. Many Packers fans were hopeful that the cornerback the Packers get today would have been Gilmore. That doesn’t mean we have to hate on Douglas. Douglas is most likely not going to be a game-changing player.
He’s a much-needed depth piece in the Packers’ injury-riddled cornerback group. Two of the Packers’ top three CBs are out, and there’s no timetable for their return. We will most likely get to see Douglas in action against the Bengals this Sunday.