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 could possibly 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 a few of the greatest within the enterprise. His enviable shopper record consists of high cornerbacks like Xavien Howard, Darius Slay, Richard Sherman and Joe Haden.

Add Douglas to that record as the 2 started an intensive program this spring. On Monday night, Whitfield posted a brief video of Douglas operating by a sequence 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 will have despatched the 24-year-old to the New York Jets. It by no means occurred and Douglas has a official shot to compete for a beginning job in Philly after taking a pay lower 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 totally 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. Nonetheless, he recorded zero interceptions on the yr after selecting off 5 passes in his first two seasons. Regardless of taking part in on 583 whole defensive snaps in 2019, the Eagles selected to not put him on the sector for a single defensive snap within the wild-card playoff sport versus Seattle.

Oddly, Jones by no means noticed a snap in that one both and the workforce 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 can be a focus, and I perceive the rationale for that,” Roseman instructed reporters. “I feel that we’ve bought to get with our workers and resolve form of what we’re going to do going ahead … that’s an essential place. You see it, when you’ve got a man who can actually form of take over and take one aspect of the sector, however these guys are laborious to search out. They don’t develop on bushes.”


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 a few of the greatest gamers in soccer. Interval. Odell Beckham, LeVeon Bell, DeAndre Hopkins, Marcus Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders are all shoppers, 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 repute as a “hotbed for bettering next-level soccer expertise,” per Professional Soccer Community. Whitfield credited Instagram for placing eyes on his revolutionary strategies.

“Instagram is what bought me everyone,” Whitfield stated. “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 centered on kinesiology — the research 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 stated, 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 vivid one beginning reverse one other Whitfield shopper: Professional Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.

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