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Douglas ready for more action in the slot

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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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