We now know why Demario Douglas was limited late in training camp
Patriots rookie sixth-round wide receiver Demario ‘Pop’ Douglas has had quite the roller coaster of a summer. His usage has stood out throughout the process, and is unique for a Patriots’ rookie wideout.
Douglas was one of the stars of training camp early on, and quickly ascended to getting reps with the projected starters. The hype around him increased when he only played sparingly in the Patriots’ first two preseason games – a rarity for a late-round Patriots rookie. All signs pointed to the team being as high on him internally as fans and media were externally.
However, Douglas became even more limited since the Packers game, tipping that optimism towards concern. He didn’t take part in team drills in practice last week, then didn’t play in the preseason finale. At Sunday’s practice – the first since that game, he was in a red non-contact jersey. Thanks to a new report, we now know why the team has been cautious with him.
Following Sunday’s practice, ESPN’s Mike Reiss shared that Douglas is dealing with “a minor shoulder injury.” That injury occurred on a tackle during the Packers game.
The question now becomes whether or not Douglas will be ready for Week 1. Coming away from the preseason he projects as the Patriots fourth receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kendrick Bourne, and DeVante Parker.
Douglas isn’t the only Patriots receiver dealing with a shoulder injury. Tyquan Thornton hasn’t been in uniform since the second joint practice with the Packers, when he landed hard after making a diving catch. Reiss noted in his Sunday notes that Thornton “is a candidate” to be placed on IR once the initial roster is set.
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