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Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The Falcons believe Harry Douglas is sometimes the forgotten man in their receiving corps. Douglas, the smallest of Atlanta’s wide receivers, plays in the shadow of WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White and TE Tony Gonzalez — three of the top players at their respective positions.

However, White recently told PFW there is much more to Douglas than meets the eye.

“A lot of people don’t know what Harry can do because he doesn’t go out there and catch five, six, seven balls a game, but he’s the kind of guy that really makes us go as a team,” White said. “He makes us practice and do everything that we’re supposed to be doing because he goes out there and practices so hard. He kind of gets the bigger guys going.

“He’s kind of like the little spark. He’s kind of like the little engine that makes the train get on the tracks and once it starts moving it’s gone.”

Douglas, a fourth-year player, made 38 catches for 396 yards in the regular season, and he scored his only touchdown of the season in Atlanta’s Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers. He also returned punts in that game, which is a job typically handled by Dominique Franks, but special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said this week that there is a chance Douglas will return punts again Sunday in the Falcons’ divisional-round playoff game vs. the Seahawks.

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