Cornerback Rasul Douglas made his debut for the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s 24-14 win over Chicago.
Douglas didn’t start the contest -- Eric Stokes and Isaac Yiadom were the two outside cornerbacks on the field for the Bears' opening drive -- but played the fourth-most snaps of any Green Bay defender, which is amazing because he was signed off Arizona’s practice squad less than two weeks ago.
Douglas replaced Yiadom after a costly first series where he was flagged for defensive pass interference in the Packers end zone. The penalty directly led to a rushing touchdown for Bears running back Khalil Herbert.
Yiadom wound up playing nine snaps in total, while Douglas stepped in to play 52. Only safety Adrian Amos, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and Stokes, who each played all 61 snaps, got more work.
Douglas, who spent his first three seasons in Philadelphia and played for Carolina in 2020, finished his Packers debut with a team-high five solo tackles. He allowed three receptions on six targets for 32 yards. Talk about answering the call.
Even if it wasn’t the plan entering Sunday’s game, Douglas could continue to play an important role in Green Bay’s secondary with top cornerback Jaire Alexander and Kevin King unavailable because of injury.
Douglas has started 29 of 61 career games -- he made 11 starts for the Panthers last season, the most in a single season during his career -- and recorded five interceptions from 2017-18. He was a third-round pick by the Eagles out of West Virginia in the 2017 draft. He’s got great length at 6-foot-2 and standout ball skills. As a senior for the Mountaineers, Douglas led the NCAA with eight interceptions.
Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts
-- For the first time in his young career, edge defender Rashan Gary played 80% of the team's snaps on defense (49 plays). Gary was fairly productive, matching his career-high total for solo tackles (4) in a game. He also registered one quarterback hit. The lone defensive lineman to play more snaps Sunday than Gary was Kenny Clark (50), who earned POTG honors in this week’s Upon Further Review article.
-- It’s premature to think recently signed linebacker Jaylon Smith is going to play a big role for Green Bay. The ex-Dallas Cowboy and former second-round pick saw 17 snaps in his Packers debut and didn’t record any statistics. One reason to perhaps anticipate more involvement in the future was that he garnered more snaps than starter Krys Barnes (13), whose snap count has dwindled since a 76% share in Week 1. But even Barnes registered a mere tackle.
-- Injuries to three starters -- center Josh Myers, safety Darnell Savage and outside linebacker Preston Smith -- presented greater opportunities for certain players. Gary, along with Jonathan Garvin, saw an uptick in usage because of Smith’s oblique injury. Garvin played more than 50% of the snaps (72% to be exact) for the first time in his career and responded with a pair of tackles and one sack. Reserve safety Henry Black saw an even larger increase in playing time, eclipsing 20 snaps on defense (37) for the first time in his career. Black received a few snaps in Green Bay’s sub-package defense in the early going, but replaced Savage after the latter exited with a concussion on the opening play of the second half. Lucas Patrick, who started in place of Myers when the rookie was out with a finger injury last week, practically assumed his starting role Sunday after Myers left on Green Bay’s first possession with a knee injury.
-- Randall Cobb went without a catch for the second time this season, which felt kind of strange given seven Packers players, including rookie Amari Rodgers, who trotted out for six plays, and three tight ends, caught a pass. Cobb was on the field for 23 plays (39%), his fourth game in a row seeing at least 1/3 of the offensive snaps.