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Buffalo Bills acquire CB Rasul Douglas in trade with Packers

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The Green Bay Packers traded veteran cornerback Rasul Douglas to the Buffalo Bills shortly before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

In exchange for Douglas, the Bills traded a 2024 third-round selection and a 2024 fifth-round selection to the Packers.

When it came to venting his dissatisfaction about the Packers’ difficulties en route to their 2–5 start, Douglas had been one of the most outspoken players.

Douglas, who came to the Packers from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in the 2021 season, led the team in interceptions in just over half the season. They signed him to a three-year, $21 million contract that summer.

Douglas has one interception this season and has started every game. In place of Jaire Alexander at cornerback, the Packers will most likely now start youngster Carrington Valentine. For a minimum of three weeks, Eric Stokes will be on injured reserve.

With the addition of Douglas, the Bills gained another seasoned player and the cornerback support the team needed following the season-ending injury to Tre’Davious White in Week 4. During Weeks 1-4 of this season, White’s team recorded an NFL-high eight interceptions while allowing the lowest total QBR (24.7) and the fewest passing yards per game (169.5).

Since then, the Bills have surrendered no interceptions, 238.8 passing yards per game, and a total QBR allowed of 63.9 (26th). According to Next Gen Stats, Douglas has thrown 10 interceptions in the last three seasons and given up a 59.8% completion percentage when he was the closest defense. His success and experience in zone coverage will be beneficial. As the closest defender, he allowed 57% of passes to be completed in zone coverage, accounting for eight of those interceptions.

Due to injuries, the Bills have started a variety of outside cornerback lineups with White out of the lineup. Christian Benford, a sixth-round pick in 2022, is the team’s top healthy corner, and veteran Dane Jackson starts next to him when healthy, but he hasn’t had the best start to the season.

As the closest defender in coverage (14–17) this season, Jackson has given up an 82.4% completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 118.6, according to Next Gen Stats.

Kaiir Elam, the Bills’ 2022 first-round pick, has been a healthy scratch for five games this season as he continues to fall down the depth chart. This was evident in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Josh Norman, 35, of the practice squad, played on special teams ahead of Elam. Elam had little experience covering the coverages the Bills play.

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