In a season filled with disappointments and depressing moments that not even the great William Shakespeare could put into words to depict the Atlanta Falcons‘ dramatic tragedies, Harry Douglas has emerged as the lone bright spot in a rather dark and gloomy campaign.
With Matt Ryan ducking and evading the Arizona Cardinals‘ defensive players through out most of the game, Douglas has shined in his new role of being the top target for the Dirty Birds.
Douglas was targeted by Mattie Ice 18 times, as he hauled in 12 receptions for 121 yards. A week ago, Douglas set career-highs in almost every category, as he caught all seven passes thrown his way onto a 149-yard performance with one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As Pro Bowler Roddy White continues to nurse his lingering injuries, Douglas has had a smooth transition taking over the top spot and being a player that Ryan can count on.
With Douglas emerging into perhaps a lethal weapon for the Falcons, he has also made an impact in the locker room by stepping up and voicing his leadership to his teammates in a difficult season.
Coach Mike Smith has made no commitment as to when White will suit up again, but even with his return, the Falcons will need Douglas to continue his hot performance and become a threat on the outside along with White.
The Falcons’ season may be all but over with the latest loss putting them in a very deep hole that is most certainly hard to recover. In a season where it has been dark, Douglas’ emergence has to be a delight, as he continues to display his talent and skill that the Falcons were gushing about when they first drafted the wideout back in 2008.
If the Falcons’ season is lost, the Falcons may have gained another weapon for Ryan and found the one good thing to come out in a year that been a living nightmare for most. So far, Douglas continues to be the “Lone Star” for the Falcons, and if they hope to salvage this season, they will need Douglas to stay consistent in his performance moving forward.