Green Bay Packers: 5 facts about new CB Rasul Douglas

Rasul Douglas (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Rasul Douglas (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers had a pretty busy couple of days, picking up two new players in LB Jaylon Smith and CB Rasul Douglas. The latter of which may have been disappointing to Packers fans due to rumors of the team being a suitor for Stephon Gilmore.

Alas, Gilmore was not meant to be but the Packers did make a move to bolster their secondary, adding veteran Douglas from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

Douglas is a lesser-known player among NFL fans, so I thought we could take a look at his football career so far, so Packers fans know what to expect moving forward.

Packers finally made a move in their secondary, though it may not have been the move most wanted

Fact #1: Former third-round selection

Douglas was a former stand-out at West Virginia, where he was their top CB. He led not only the Big-12 but also the whole NCAA in interceptions, where he recorded eight in 2016. This led him to be drafted in the third round of the 2017 Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played three seasons.

Fact #2: In 2020 he received the most playing time in his career

After three years with the Eagles, Douglas moved on to his second team, the Carolina Panthers. Douglas received the most playing time of his career this season, starting 11 of 14 games and receiving over 850 defensive snaps. By far the most of his young career.

Fact #3: The Packers will be his seventh team in five seasons

As stated above, Douglas was drafted by the Eagles, where he remained until the end of the 2019 season. In 2020 he joined the Panthers for one year, before joining the Cardinals practice squad to start 2021. He was also picked up and cut by the Raiders and Texans.

Fact #4: He possesses a solid combination of size and speed

Despite his little playing time, Douglas grades out nicely in the measurable department. Listed at 6-2 and over 200 pounds, while also having a 4.5 40-yard dash time. His size makes him an interesting option to cover some of the bigger WRs in the league.

Fact #5: He has a Super Bowl ring

Despite his irregular playing time, Douglas found himself on the right side of Super Bowl 52 in 2017 while a member of the Eagles. He didn’t receive a single defensive snap throughout that whole postseason run but he did receive special-teams snaps, including seven in the Super Bowl.