No player has benefited more from the injuries than that of Harry Douglas, who has quietly put forth one of his best statistical seasons in his five years with the Atlanta Falcons. The former third-round pick is on pace to finish with his first-ever 1,000 yard season, which is a huge accomplishment for someone who has been one of the few bright spots in a rather dark season that the Falcons have endured thus far.
As the Falcons finally captured their first road victory of the year against the stubborn Buffalo Bills, Douglas ended his day by hauling in six receptions for 73 yards total. On the year, Douglas leads the team with 66 receptions for 904 yards and two scores. For the first time of his career, Douglas is only 94 yards short of getting that 1,000 yard receiving mark, but the only thing that Douglas cares about is helping his team win no matter what.
In a season where the Falcons lost one of the best receivers in the game when Julio Jones went down, as well as their second-best receiver in Roddy White due to nagging injuries, Douglas made it look like a smooth transition in becoming the team’s top option in the passing game.
Douglas previous high goes all the way back to 2011, when he caught a then career-high 39 passes for 498 yards and one score. So far during this season, Douglas has doubled his yards received and has caught more touchdowns than in any other season. While some players shy away from accepting the challenge, Douglas has not only accepted the challenge that been laid ahead of him, but he rose to the top and has played extraordinarily well even with White back on the field.
As Douglas continues to shine, he also has four more games to reach the 1,000 receiving mark. While the season has been lost almost weeks ago, the Falcons will at least have one thing to smile about as they finally witnessed the talent and skill that Douglas possesses. With him rising to the top, he will be counted on to finish strong and rise to the challenge wherever it may exist.