Louis Riddick: Rasul Douglas ‘makes best sense’ for Bills (1:40)
Louis Riddick, Mike Tannenbaum and Adam Schefter examine the Packers trading Rasul Douglas to the Bills. (1:40)
Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff WriterOct 31, 2023, 03:45 PM ET
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The Bills sent out a 2024 third-round choice to the Packers for Douglas and a 2024 fifth-round choice.
Douglas had actually been amongst the most singing Packers gamers when it pertained to revealing disappointment over their battles on the method to the 2-5 start.
“We’re stating s– however up until we really do the s–, it do not truly matter,” Douglas stated after Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings“I’m considering it like, brother, I’ve never ever been a loser in my life. These last 2 years have actually been f– ing loser. That s– ain’t me. I do not believe that s–‘s us. We’ve got to do something, you understand what I suggest?”
The Packers signed Douglas throughout the 2021 season off the Arizona Cardinalspractice team and he led the group with 5 interceptions in a bit over half a season. That offseason, they signed him to a three-year, $21 million offer.
Douglas began every video game this season and has one interception. The Packers will now likely opt for novice Carrington Valentine as the corner opposite Jaire Alexander Eric Stokes is on hurt reserve for a minimum of 3 more weeks.
Including Douglas provides the Bills another veteran existence and the aid that the group was searching for in the cornerback space after losing Tre’Davious White for the season due to the fact that of a torn right Achilles in Week 4. With White, the Bills had an NFL-best 8 interceptions from Weeks 1-4 this season, while enabling the most affordable overall QBR (24.7) and simply 169.5 passing lawns per video game.
Ever since, the Bills have no interceptions, an overall QBR permitted of 63.9 (26th) and are permitting 238.8 passing lawns per video game. Douglas has 10 interceptions over the last 3 seasons and has actually permitted a 59.8% conclusion portion as the closest protector, per Next Gen Stats. His experience and success in zone protection will assist. 8 of those interceptions can be found in zone and he enabled 57% of passes to be finished in zone protection as the closest protector.
With White out, the Bills have actually begun several mixes at outdoors cornerback due to the fact that of injuries with 2022 sixth-round choice Christian Benford the leading healthy corner and veteran Dane Jackson beginning together with him when healthy, however he hasn’t had the most constant start to the season. Jackson has actually permitted an 82.4% conclusion portion as the nearby protector in protection (14-17) this season and a quarterback score of 118.6, per Next Gen Stats.
The Bills’ 2022 first-round choice, Kaiir Elamwho did not have much experience in protections the Bills play from his time at Florida, has actually been a healthy scratch for 5 video games this season as he continues to move down the depth chart, consisting of in Week 8 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when practice team cornerback Josh Norman35, used unique groups ahead of Elam.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg added to this report.