Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports cited league sources in reporting that the Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas. Reports came yesterday evening that the Falcons were prepared to make multiple roster cuts today, starting with the release of running back Steven Jackson.
Douglas, 30, was one of the first players drafted by former Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in 2008, being a third-round pick out of Louisville. He showed promise late in his rookie season, rising to third on the depth chart as he finished the year with 23 catches for 320 yards and a touchdown. However, his career was sidetracked by a torn ACL suffered during his second summer with the team in 2009.
Douglas returned healthy in 2010, and maintained the third wide receiver spot for the next three seasons at a relatively steady level of production. In 2013 he had his best season, catching a team-high 85 balls for 1,067 yards thanks in part to injuries limiting starters Julio Jones and Roddy White for a majority of the season. Douglas himself was bitten by the injury bug this past season, missing four games early in the year due to a foot injury. But he still managed his second best season from a production standpoint, catching 51 passes for 556 yards and two touchdowns.
For his career, Douglas finishes 13th in receptions (258) and 14th in receiving yards (3,131) on the Falcons’ all-time list.
The Falcons save $3.5 million against their 2015 salary cap with Douglas’ release. Devin Hester is currently slated to fill the vacated third wide receiver spot, but Douglas’ release opens up room on the depth chart for the Falcons to potentially add a young receiver in the draft.