But Douglas’ performance proved coaches could trust him. Head coach Matt Rhule appreciated how the corner approached the game and that Douglas wanted to be in man-to-man coverage.
Douglas’ attitude plus his work ethic got him prepared on such short notice. Once he got in the building, he took Wednesday and Thursday to learn the defensive scheme. He’d take the Panthers defensive calls and translate them to what he was familiar with from the Eagles’ system.
“Made a lot of mistakes in practice, gave up a few things,” Douglas said.
Then on Friday and Saturday, things started to click. With the help of cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper, Douglas felt like he had enough of a grasp on the system to contribute. So when Jackson suffered an ankle injury on the Raiders’ second drive, Douglas didn’t want coaches to pull back on their gameplan.
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