By Geoffrey Knox
Philadelphia Eagles fans who’ve been clamoring for more Rasul Douglas may get their wish after an unfortunate injury to starting slot corner Sidney Jones.
Whenever you hear the term hamstring injury, hearts skip a few beats, especially when we’re talking about NFL football and important players leaving the playing field in the first quarter. Such was the case with the Philadelphia Eagles‘ starting slot corner, Sidney Jones. Does his injury mean that we’ll now see more of Rasul Douglas?
The emergence of rookie corner Avonte Maddox clouds the possibility of that being a foregone conclusion, but it is a very real possibility.
Let’s look at some numbers.
So far in 2018, Douglas has taken the field for 52 defensive snaps, a little less than 14 percent of the team’s total. That’s 95 less snaps than Maddox has been given.
During the first game of the NFL’s sixth week of action, the Eagles utilized Maddox at both free safety and slot corner. Douglas, when on the field, was given opportunities at both free safety and the right cornerback position.
That doesn’t tell us much, but in the eyes of many, Douglas hasn’t seen the field...