PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles nook again Rasul Douglas took a roundabout path to the NFL.
First he performed at Nassau Group School in New York. From there, he transferred to an enormous-time program at West Virginia the place a technical snafu interrupted his transition.
“I had an internet class I took and it shut down,” Douglas defined. “Made it so I might by no means switch it over, so I used to be ineligible. Then, perhaps two days earlier than the primary recreation, the grade system popped up and I had the transcripts faxed over and I used to be ineligible for the primary couple video games.”
After being eligible and studying a brand new protection, issues once more clicked for Douglas in his senior yr with the Mountaineers. He led the nation with eight picks and labored his means up the draft board with the eagles taking him within the third spherical.
“One of many issues that’s impressed me about Rasul is each time we’ve taken a step up in competitors, he’s type of met that problem,” Jim Schwartz, the Eagles defensive coordinator, defined.
“And it won’t look the identical on a traditional follow, all the sudden at our first padded apply he actually stood out,” Schwartz continued. “Our first preseason recreation, I assumed he stood out. He’s received nice size; he can get his palms on balls. He responded shortly to issues that occurred within the recreation.”
Douglas enjoys new challenges.
On Thursday, he’ll play his first NFL residence recreation at Lincoln Monetary Area.
“It’s beginning to be a routine once I get on the market,” Douglas defined. “Every part is working collectively now. I’m very excited to do it in entrance of our followers. Hopefully we will get a win.”