Eagles’ Rasul Douglas Turning Heads, Coaching with CB Guru ‘Footwork King’

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Eagles CB Rasul Douglas is rumored to be on the buying and selling block.

Rasul Douglas is aware of this may very well be his final shot to win a beginning job in Philadelphia. He’s investing all his assets to take full benefit.

Douglas, the previous third-round select of West Virginia, has been working with famend athletic coach Rischad Whitfield in Houston in an effort to enhance his conditioning and footwork. Often called the “Footwork King” in NFL circles, Whitfield is a kinesiology main who trains among the finest within the enterprise. His enviable shopper checklist contains high cornerbacks like Xavien Howard, Darius Slay, Richard Sherman and Joe Haden.

Add Douglas to that checklist as the 2 started an intensive program this spring. On Monday night, Whitfield posted a brief video of Douglas working by a collection of agility and footwork drills. He captioned it with: “Again on the CB grind – Day 2.” Douglas instantly re-tweeted the shout out from his private Twitter account.

There had been rumors again in April that Douglas was on the buying and selling block, together with one unconfirmed deal that might have despatched the 24-year-old to the New York Jets. It by no means occurred and Douglas has a reliable shot to compete for a beginning job in Philly after taking a pay reduce within the offseason. He’ll be up in opposition to Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones for the slot reverse Darius Slay.

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Douglas Registered Zero Snaps in Playoff Loss

Douglas went from a presumed starter heading into the 2019 season to a participant who noticed his snaps incrementally lower because the season went on. Jones beat him out at coaching camp and he by no means absolutely recovered.

Douglas, who has the flexibility to maneuver over to security, was wholesome for all 16 video games final season and made six begins as Jones and Maddox battled accidents. Nevertheless, he recorded zero interceptions on the yr after choosing off 5 passes in his first two seasons. Regardless of enjoying on 583 complete defensive snaps in 2019, the Eagles selected to not put him on the sphere for a single defensive snap within the wild-card playoff recreation versus Seattle.

Oddly, Jones by no means noticed a snap in that one both and the staff went with simply three cornerbacks within the loss: Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Jalen Mills. Eagles GM Howie Roseman gave an evasive reply on why at his end-of-year press convention.

“I do know there are a pair positions right here which might be a focus, and I perceive the rationale for that,” Roseman instructed reporters. “I believe that we’ve bought to get with our workers and resolve sort of what we’re going to do going ahead … that’s an necessary place. You see it, when you might have a man who can actually sort of take over and take one facet of the sphere, however these guys are onerous to search out. They don’t develop on timber.”

Whitfield, aka Footwork King, Trains Elite Playmakers

In the meantime, Douglas’ new coach is the actual deal. Along with teaching up star cornerbacks, Whitfield works with among the finest gamers in soccer. Interval. Odell Beckham, LeVeon Bell, DeAndre Hopkins, Marcus Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders are all purchasers, together with promising rookies like Ok’Lavon Chaisson, Grant Delpit and CeeDee Lamb.

He opened Blitz Soccer Camp in 2013 and it quickly earned a fame as a “hotbed for enhancing next-level soccer expertise,” per Professional Soccer Community. Whitfield credited Instagram for placing eyes on his revolutionary strategies.

“Instagram is what bought me all people,” Whitfield mentioned. “That was the place folks began seeing my work.”

Whitfield’s personal soccer journey ended prematurely after an injury-riddled freshman yr on the College of Houston. Needing a fallback plan, he targeted on kinesiology — the examine of the mechanics of physique actions — and set his sights on private coaching.

“I don’t know, there’s simply one thing about it,” Whitfield mentioned, by way of Professional Soccer Community. “The [defensive backs] coach that I had on the time, he was actually massive on motion. He used to emphasize the significance of cone drills, and the way the ladder works your toes.”

If Douglas can get his footwork proper in time for camp, there’s nonetheless an opportunity he has a future in Philly. Maybe an extended and brilliant one beginning reverse one other Whitfield shopper: Professional Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.

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