Harry Douglas was one of the bright spots for Atlanta in 2008, being a 3rd receiver and punt returner. He made more big plays as the season went along and will be a huge contributor in 2009.
We all know that the Falcons’ offense is stacked with Ryan, Gonzalez, Norwood, Turner, Jenkins and White, but Douglas may be one of the most important pieces. I tend to relate Atlanta to Indianapolis because Ryan reminds me of a young Peyton Manning so much – course Atlanta’s running game is far better at this point. But how important is the slot receiver in the Colts’ offense? It’s was Stokley then Gonzalez and Dallas Clark at times shredding the interior of a defense. With safeties staying back more in 2009 because of Roddy White or Jenkins running deep, Gonzalez and Douglas will have a ton of one-on-one matchups over the middle.
Douglas has added 10 pounds of muscle to his 5’11” frame in the off-season for the additional work. He was a quick guy in 2008 that got plenty of separation – now he will be able to use his body more against safeties, 3rd corners and outside linebackers.
Harry Douglas is a big-time sleeper on Atlanta’s offense in 2009 and could be the key to the Falcons becoming a top-5 offensive team.