Even though he's likely to be relegated to a backup role, defensive end Hugh Douglas was excited to be back with the Eagles after getting released by Jacksonville. The 33-year-old Douglas is the second ex-Eagle to return to the team this summer. In June, the club re-signed middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter after he was released by the Washington Redskins.
Douglas had just 3 1/2 sacks for the Jaguars last season after receiving a $6 million signing bonus from them.
"I guess I didn't factor in the fact that when you move to another job, you're starting from scratch," Douglas said. "I think I went down there a little bit thinking, "Hell, I had success in Philly, it's just going to naturally come to me.' It didn't. It was so rough in the beginning. I just didn't fit into what they were trying to do. It was nobody's fault."
The Eagles don't know how much Douglas has left in his tank. He'll likely be part of a four-man rotation at the two end spots with starters Jevon Kearse and Derrick Burgess and second-year man Jerome McDougle. But he always was a popular locker room presence before he left.
"He's a nice fit in there," Reid said. "He was a guy that was well-liked on this football team. He's a funny guy. He has a great sense of humor."
Reid didn't always appreciate Douglas's sense of humor. Felt he often talked too much. When Douglas was with the club the first time, he wasn't allowed to ride on the same bus as Reid. Reid said the same rule applies. "Some things don't change," he said with a smile.
Reid also expressed the hope that in coming back, Douglas "doesn't age (63-year-old defensive line coach) Tommy Brasher even more than Tommy is now."
Starting middle linebacker Mark Simoneau, who has been wearing Douglas's old number (53), has agreed to give it back to new teammate. "I know (the number) means a lot to him," said Simoneau. "It's not a big deal with me. I wore a different number in Atlanta and in college. So I'll just get another one."
Douglas Excited About Return To Philly
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