“It was kind of like watching a show you’ve watched 1,000 times, so it was getting boring,” Douglas said of film study earlier in his career. “I was falling asleep, because I didn’t really know what I was supposed to look at.
“Sometimes I caught myself looking like, oh that’s Julio (Jones), and I’m watching him make catches, and I’m forgetting I’m supposed to be watching how he’s running his routes.”
Tuned in to the fullest, Douglas became a playmaker. His interception in the waning seconds to save a late-October win in Arizona was followed by pick-sixes in back-to-back games after Thanksgiving. Then he had another game-saver on Christmas vs. Cleveland, capping his first career two-INT game.
Over 12 contests with the Packers, Douglas recorded five interceptions, matching the total from the first 60 games of his career with the Eagles and Panthers.
He insists there’s more to come while at the same time taking nothing for granted just because he has a new deal.
“It feels good, but I mean, nothing’s ever … you know what I’m saying?” said Douglas, who ironically dropped a potential pick-six in Tuesday’s OTA, eliciting regretful groans from his teammates. “A contract means a contract, but at any time, if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, they can let you go. You’ve just got to keep working.”
That’s the mentality his defensive mates have as well, coming off a superb playoff showing vs. San Francisco and now an offseason that saw both Douglas and inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell re-signed, while Alexander and outside linebacker Preston Smith were extended.
Though not every front-line player has been in attendance for all the voluntary OTAs thus far, the whole gang is expected next week for mandatory minicamp. Those three days will send the veterans into their summer break prior to training camp, when hype season will start winding down and the real season will begin cranking up.
“We’re trying to be the best defense,” Douglas said. “I think we’ve got the pieces, we’re coming along, we’re getting it, we’re grinding.
“We’ve still got another month of going back home, getting our body right, get in the best shape we can get in. But we’re going to try to make a run for it.”