October 9, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) runs after a catch in the second quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Harry Douglas: Perpetual Enigma


October 9, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) runs after a catch in the second quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

It seems to me like every single season that Harry Douglas is expected to have a great level of production with the amount of talent around him on the offensive side of the ball. In 2010 he was supposed to be a solid contributor, but I know that he wasn’t completely healed from his 2009 severe knee injury. Coming into the 2011 season, I expected him to contribute a great deal. He was a major safety valve in the home game against the Saints, but for the other 15 games he wasn’t really a factor. He only had 1 TD catch on the season for crying out loud! Considering opposing defenses have Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Turner to worry about, you’d think he would be the forgotten man who could easily find the void in the defense.

For whatever reason, HD hasn’t been a great contributor in his four seasons in a Falcons uniform. Maybe this is going to be the year he really becomes that guy who wins in single-man coverage. At this point, I’m no longer going to count on it. I want HD to take the job by the reigns, grab the slot receiver job, take some underneath covering defenders out of their shoes, and score a handful of touchdowns. But I don’t think we can just expect it anymore.

What are your thoughts on Harry Douglas and his role with the Falcons?

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  • Stephen

    I attribute his low productivity to Mike Mularkey’s terrible offensive scheme and the offensive line’s inability to give Matt Ryan enough time to check down to Douglas.
    Hopefully the OL will play better in 2012.

  • Nizar

    I believe he is a great athlete and he has gotten healthier. With the New scheme, I believe he has endless possibilities. Also, he beats out everyone for the kick return position.