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Over the course of a game, it's tough for opposing defenses to fully stop the Falcons' primary wide receiver weapons, Julio Jones and Roddy White. As has been the case all season, one or the other can be taken out of a game by coverages geared specifically toward them, but it's been rare that defenses have been able to stop both White and Jones. If they can, they still have Tony Gonzalez to contend with.

One of the unsung heroes of the wide receiver corps is Harry Douglas, he of the 22-yard catch to open the game-winning drive last week against Seattle. Douglas' statistics this season aren't mind-blowing, but he's always there when he's needed. He may not be needed often because of the work Jones and White put in, but he's answered the call all season long. The connection with Matt Ryan, one of his 2008 draft-class brothers, is obvious, even though he's not catching as many balls as some others. He's a valued member of the wide receiver unit because he can be trusted any time.

“A lot of teams like to key on Roddy, Julio or Tony and my matchups may be open at the time," Douglas said on Thursday. "I just run whatever Matt calls. He trusts me, I trust him and we all trust one another.”

That was exactly the case in last week's win. Douglas had only two catches in the game, but his last one was one of the most important in franchise history. After the game Ryan told the media his first objective in comeback situations is to make the first play successful.

With less than a minute remaining, Ryan connected with Douglas on a 22-yard gain on a route that saw Douglas cut across the field. It's a route Douglas enjoys running and it's not that different from the route he ran earlier in the season when he caught a 6-yard pass, the final pass of the game, to put Atlanta in position for a 40-yard field goal to beat Carolina 30-28.

Douglas thinks he's tougher than he's given credit for and that's one reason he enjoys those middle-of-the-field routes.

“I don’t mind contact," he said. "So going across the middle is nothing to me. I’m able to take hits a lot of people might not think I can take it because I’m so small, but I love it. It’s one of the reasons I play football because I love the contact.”

Douglas had free-agent options in the offseason but chose to come back to his hometown of Atlanta. He might have gotten more passes thrown his way elsewhere, but he would have had to leave Jones and White behind and for a guy that values family like Douglas does, that wasn't in the cards.

“Those are my brothers," he said. "We do everything together and we look out for one another. The thing with us is we never get upset when another person is getting balls or anything like that. We’re always excited for whoever is making the catch or whoever is making the play. We’re just happy for one another. A lot of people asked me why I would come back (to Atlanta in the offseason). We’re in the NFC Championship game, that’s point-blank-period why I came back. It’s like a brotherhood around here. We have a great organization. It was a no-brainer coming back here.”

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Falcon007, can you leave stats out of this and honestly tell me after what you saw last week that Douglas does not come up huge for us right there with gonzo when the games on the line. He's done it many many times this year and you saw it live last Sunday. Can we finally agree on that lol

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"Those are my brothers," he said. "We do everything together and we look out for one another. The thing with us is we never get upset when another person is getting balls or anything like that. We're always excited for whoever is making the catch or whoever is making the play. We're just happy for one another. A lot of people asked me why I would come back (to Atlanta in the offseason). We're in the NFC Championship game, that's point-blank-period why I came back. It's like a brotherhood around here. We have a great organization. It was a no-brainer coming back here."

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Falcon007, can you leave stats out of this and honestly tell me after what you saw last week that Douglas does not come up huge for us right there with gonzo when the games on the line. He's done it many many times this year and you saw it live last Sunday. Can we finally agree on that lol

I never said HD is not clutch. I had a problem when you said he is more clutch than RW or JJ.

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I never said HD is not clutch. I had a problem when you said he is more clutch than RW or JJ.

He is not in a normal game in normal game time. I don't think RW or JJ would ever be open to be able to make that catch he made Sunday. That is not because they're more clutch that is because they're just elite and demand coverage. A DC can get away with explaining why HD makes the catch. When a HC or owner comes and wonders why that happened you can't make many excuses as to why RW and JJ were open like that. Its bad enough Tony could do it. At least with Tony though he is Tony and will make that catch in traffic blanketed by 3 people anyway.

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I never said HD is not clutch. I had a problem when you said he is more clutch than RW or JJ.

I have always said late in games with the game on the line he is right behind gonzo when it comes to being clutch because whenever there is a first down needed on a game winning or saving drive, gonzo and hd are the primary targets for that particular catch and both come through almost every time. I think you took it as me saying he's more clutch than julio and roddy period.
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I think we may see HD get some more looks this week. He had some open looks last Sunday. The INT to Thomas, HD was WIDE open. Eyes will be on Roddy Julio and Tony and, given the pressure of the game, a defender may lose track of HD for Roddy or Julio incidentally, leaving him open.

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He is not in a normal game in normal game time. I don't think RW or JJ would ever be open to be able to make that catch he made Sunday. That is not because they're more clutch that is because they're just elite and demand coverage. A DC can get away with explaining why HD makes the catch. When a HC or owner comes and wonders why that happened you can't make many excuses as to why RW and JJ were open like that. Its bad enough Tony could do it. At least with Tony though he is Tony and will make that catch in traffic blanketed by 3 people anyway.

That's exactly it right there, teams can't cover them all. HD would be a 60 catch receiver on any other team, but that's what makes him so valuable,he can come through in the clutch when other guys are double teamed. Now that he's been returning punts for 2 games, I expect him to make a play in the return game this week. Great asset to the team
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I think we may see HD get some more looks this week. He had some open looks last Sunday. The INT to Thomas, HD was WIDE open. Eyes will be on Roddy Julio and Tony and, given the pressure of the game, a defender may lose track of HD for Roddy or Julio incidentally, leaving him open.

he had a pass slip thru his arms against Seattle going against Sherman. it was a pass he usually makes but he had a few steps on Sherm & if Ryan puts a little more under that ball HD walks into the end zone. that simply cannot be overlooked and it's something we need to continue to tap into

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