3. Demario Douglas
Speaking of rookies, Demario Douglas is another one who’s really shined. As an undersized (5’8, 170 pounds) sixth-round pick out of Liberty, he knows he has to prove himself in camp if he wants to make the team and be a key part of the offense.
Right now, that’s exactly what he’s doing. Douglas has proven to be an impressive route-runner thus far, burning defenders with his quickness during camp to get separation. He’s proven difficult to contain despite his diminutive stature, moving quickly off the line and slipping through defenders with his impressive array of moves.
Douglas isn’t expected to be a star, but he could be a legit slot receiver who might fit in nicely as the team’s No. 5 receiver on the depth chart. He still needs to keep building his chemistry with Jones, of course, but his raw skills and athleticism have really shone through so far, especially against New England’s formidable defenders.
For now, Patriots fans are hoping he’ll turn out to be a draft-day steal if he does emerge as a viable receiving threat. Douglas was a late bloomer in college, improving every year and finishing with nearly 1,100 scrimmage yards in 2022. The work ethic and coachability is clearly there, too, which New England fans always love to see.
If Douglas keeps roasting defenders and makes an impact during preseason games, there could be a spot on the 53-man roster with his name on it.
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