Q & A: Harry Douglas returns to practice

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas speaks with the media after practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas speaks with the media after practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas returned to the field on Friday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee early in training camp last season.

He was limited and held out of some drills.

At one point, wide receiver coach Terry Robiskie said, “Harry get out of that line. I’m not going to tell you again.”

After the team’s first practice, Douglas chatted with the media.

Q: Can you sum it up, just what it felt like to be out of football last year?

A: It was heart breaking, especially for me because I love the game of football. Once again, my family, the guys here, who I consider family also, they were a great supporting cast. They always picked me up when I was (feeling) down. I just love being around this place.

Q: Is this first day kind of a hurdle that you’re over?

A: Yeah. I was thinking about it last night, about when I got hurt. I was thinking about all of the hard work and time that I put into it. But I can’t dwell on the past. I have to thank God for allowing me to live life and for being out here for this day.

Q: Are you happy that there is optimism about your return?

A: It always feels good when you feel like guys want you around. Especially here, where you feel like we’ve got a great supporting cast. We have a great team atmosphere. . . I thank everyone around here for being so positive and still believing in me.

Q: Did coach (Terry) Robiskie have to tell you to get out some drills?

A: Yes. Once again, I have to trust my coach and my trainers. When they tell me to do something I have to do it. When they tell me not to do something, I need to do it.

Q: Is it hard to hold back?

A: Yes, it’s hard. But it’s all about being smart and taking care of your body.

Q: What would you be doing if your were not playing football?

A: I’d be a lawyer right now.

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23 comments Add your comment

Bigsapp1

July 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

Which Players stood out the most today in 7 on 7 drills. How did Moore and Spoon look?

me

July 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

oldbird

July 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

I love Harry’s attitude. gonna be a great year for him and the rest of the Falcons.

PMC

July 30th, 2010
2:24 pm

Ok… well the world doesn’t need another Lawyer so lets keep HD healthy and happy and playing football! Tear it up this year HD!

FELIX

July 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

fifth!!! yea

33TheBurner33

July 30th, 2010
2:49 pm

nobody asked how the knee felt? …..or is it too soon?

33TheBurner33

July 30th, 2010
2:50 pm

PMC “Tear it up” might not be the best phrase

BigTimeTECHFan

July 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

Good luck, I like Harry, sounds like real good dude, as is the case with most Falcons.

Return one for TD against the Saints. run up 50 points on them.

Chucktown38

July 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

Keep them all healthy until the season starts.

Dwayne

July 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

Man, I was just thinking about last season. That schedule was brutal!! Four teams coming off of byes,our bye week in week four(way too early), and the fourth hardest schedule in the league but yet, we came away with nine wins with a lot of nagging injuries. I can defitnitely see 12 to 14 wins for this 2010 Falcons team. Hopefully Smitty will make all of the right decisions, which im sure he will. Those decisions being replacing Erik Coleman with William Moore, starting Chris Owens opposite Dunta Robinson, starting Sean Weatherspoon for Mike Peterson, and starting Kroy Bierman for Jamaal Anderson. If all of this takes place, then the Falcons will be very potent, opportunistic, and explosive both offensively and defensively. Shann Schiliger will be a special teams ace! Watch. Lets go Falcons!! Just think about it, Thomas DeCoud the ballhawk and William Moore the headhunter.. What yall think?

D.S.G.B.

July 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

Dwayne, ive been thinking that should be the lineup for a long time now. im glad someone else is on the same page. wouldnt you like to see mike peterson on the field though. he was dynamic at the beginning of last year. i think with his age his body just wore out. so we should limit his snaps but have him in there on crucial downs. id rather spoon take nicholas’ spot. other than that, right on Dwayne, this is the year, GOOOO FALCONS!!!

Keith

July 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Great news and good to see him back!! :)

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Sly Ty

July 30th, 2010
5:56 pm

To all Falcon fans, let Smitty and his staff decide who plays when, how much, and where at. We are fortunate that Smitty and his staff know more about their team/players than we as fans do. Lets not become ungreatful/spoil fans like say the one’s in Dallas/Indy/Pittsburgh etc.. You know the one’s who complain like a nagging wife.

EB

July 30th, 2010
10:06 pm

I’m good with starting Moore over Coleman and certainly Owens over Grimes! From what I’ve heard though Grimes is playing with the first string so far. You know Grimes is going to be exploited again this season with Robinson playing on the other side, so I rather much see Owens playing across from him. Hope we get a consistent pass rush this season, that would help Grimes out.

Dwayne

July 30th, 2010
10:51 pm

D.S.G.B.— Yeah, I was thinking play Peterson on 3rd downs and the more critical plays. You’re right, he starts the season fast for about 4 weeks, and from then on, his play declines. Hes a sure tackler though but he has liable pass coverage. Idk why, but I have a feeling that Jamaal Anderson is going to drastically improve this season. He should be fundamentaly sound, stronger and more physical now being that this is his fourth year. Now he just has to put it all together and show it on the feild. The whole team, offense, defense, and special teams needs to stop thinking so much and play football with 100 percent of their abilities and some passion. If we do that, guaranteed playoff bye. GURANTEED. We have too much talent for it not to happen. I will looking for HD83 and PJ94 to provide a spark to both our offense and defense.

Dwayne

July 30th, 2010
11:00 pm

EB— About Grimes, in the early phase of the season when he was starting he was exploited quite often (too often). Most memorable games to me were Dallas and New York Giants. But as the season progressed, he got better and better(last three games). However, idk if it was because of the three team’s quatersbacks we played or if it was him actually progressing. Probably both. But starting Chris Owens now would be a better situation for the organization long term wise. Plus he has the most upside(is stout against the run, good fundamentals, and good pass coverage but can improve in that area which should happen with new defensive backs coach Ti.

Dwayne

July 30th, 2010
11:00 pm

GHunt

July 31st, 2010
12:06 am

Bloggers, if Brian Williams is healthy, he will man the cb position opposite Dunta Robinson. COwens and BGrimes will fight for the nickel position. Trey Lewis will be a force in the middle of the dline because he will be 100% healthy this year. Peterson snaps will be limited and the progress of Nicholas as a starter will continue.
Great having Douglas, Jerry and Moore back, and if this trio remain healthy, we will be playing in Dallas come February, 2011. Go Falcons!

alanfalcon

July 31st, 2010
9:15 am

FALCON’S attitudes make a team and if you think about it why would you want those players that don’t put the team first (Haynesworth, T.O., Bryant and etc., etc., etc..

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy Testicle Tuesday

July 31st, 2010
12:55 pm

I say we start Ryan Leaf at every position!

Dwayne

July 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

GHunt— I thought Trey Lewis was 100 percent last year. I think Thomas Johnson is more suitable for the darkhorse role then Trey Lewis.

GHunt

July 31st, 2010
3:36 pm

Dwayne,
Trey Lewis’ injury was the type that normally takes two years to fully recover. I expect Trey to be better than he was in 09. During his rookie year, before the injury, he was the best middle dline player on the team. I believe he will be better than Babs and Jerry. particularlly while Jerry return from his injury.