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Falcons head coach Mike Smith was very clear at the start of the week about wanting his players to "disconnect from football" for a few days, resting and rejuvenating for a strong run in the second half of the season.
Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas might have a tough time doing that, simply because of his love for the game that he was just recently able to return to in Week 8 following a foot injury that sidelined him for four weeks. In his return, Douglas grabbed three receptions for 42 yards against the Detroit Lions, including two third-down conversions.
Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter likes the diversity Douglas adds to the offense, able to use the sixth-year receiver in different spots, confident he knows where to be and when to be there for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
In four games this season, the former Louisville Cardinals star has 15 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown. Aside from returning to his college town Thursday night to support the Cardinals against the Florida State Seminoles, Douglas plans to rest a bit and then be right back at the team facility, receiving treatment and watching film to improve his game, confident in what is to come in Weeks 10-17.
"We're not out of anything yet," Douglas said. "All we have to do is handle our own business. We control our own destiny and it starts with our game against Tampa Bay. I think our bye week came at the right time, so we can relax ourselves, regroup and pull off a heck of a season."
Kickoff for the Week 10 game in Tampa Bay (Nov. 9) is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.