Posted: 5:31 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Douglas ready for more action in the slot 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is ready to help pick-up some of production in the passing attack created by the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The Falcons don’t have a tight end that they plan to feature in the passing attack. They will try to use more three-wide receiver sets to help replace some of the production. Gonzalez averaged more than 80 catches a season and 65 percent of his receptions went for first downs over the past five seasons.

Douglas, who’s coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season, will be counted to help out from the slot receiver position.

“I’m ready for everything,” Douglas said. “I’m always ready for a challenge. I don’t ever try to back down from a challenge. I accept it all.”

Douglas got most of the snaps with the first-team offense on Saturday because Julio Jones was held out of practice as he comes back from foot surgery. He’ll practice one day and then have the next day off for most of training camp.

Douglas was elated that wide receiver Roddy White signed a contract extension on Thursday.

“As soon as I heard, I hit him up,” Douglas said. “I told him congratulations because it’s well-deserved.

“Roddy has been the back bone for this team since I came in (to the league). He’s showed me so much. I’ve learned so much from him. Roddy is the big brother that I always wanted.”

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14 comments
FalconJames
FalconJames

I think Douglas should give JSSN a call and see if he will work with him on some of his routes and footwork.

Ersatz
Ersatz

Douglas ready for more trips and drops.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Harry did have a good season last year. But the knock on Harry is, he can be a momentum killer--- meaning in crucial games, he can't stumble over his own feet in making a big play-- and then fumble the ball after a big gain. Two years ago in the 49ers game. Plus the Miami game last season really stands out.....

WaltBBall
WaltBBall

No one is going to replace TG but H. Douglas will be showing out this year.  I wonder what some folks will be saying if Harry Douglas makes it to the pro bowl.....lololol....A 3 wideout set and Matty Ice can get time to throw......GO H. Douglas

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Next to Biermann, Douglas is my least fav Falcon(Got em both in Hair-Gels famed '08 draft class). :(

If this infidel makes a routine play in the NFC Title game 2 yrs ago, we're SB Champs.

He's been atrocious since his rookie season......come to think of it, same can be said for brother Toney in the NBA!!

Dear Lord, keep Rowdy & Jules healthy.

ftputt
ftputt

We've been waiting for this for years.  Give him the ball like the Pats gave Welker the ball.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

LOL! Douglas replacing TG! Ah,ha,ha,ha! Wow!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

If they distribute all the passes targeting Gonzalez to the wideouts I predict one or more won't make it through the season.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Problem is Welker has something called talent.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Seen -- How long it will take Jimmy Graham to tear apart the Bag-Heads locker room this yr? :(

He'll have that squad divided by the start of the season!

He hates Loomis & Peyton. The days of that guy giving 100% are ovah!!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

Guess that's why he came in first overall on the conditioning test. As Sam Jackson would say, "Wise Up!" JGraham is going to take out his wrath on the opponents, and the falcan'ts are the appetizer.