With the 22nd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Josh Doctson, WR Texas Christian University. Those words spilled out of the mouth of the NFL Commissioner last year. However, Doctson barely saw the field as a rookie. The 6’2” 202lb WR only saw action in two games in 2016. The Redskins placed him on injured reserve with an Achilles injury. There are now high expectations for this young man in 2017. Can he sustain them?
In 2016, the Washington Redskins receiving corps was one of the strongest in the NFL. In 2017, they look to maintain that strength. They are going to have to do it with a completely new set of starters. Gone are the names of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Taking over will be Terrelle Pryor, a free agent from the Cleveland Browns and Josh Doctson. Doctson is more critical to the success. Here is why.
We already know what Terrelle Pryor can do. We actually got a first-hand glimpse of some of his talents against Josh Norman last year. Doctson is a mystery. We saw his game film from college and that is about all. Yes, he did appear is two games but he only had two catches for 66 yards. One of those was for 57 yards. Therefore, in terms of every down production Doctson is relatively unknown.
The Washington Redskins drafted Doctson for this season. They knew that the chances of maintaining Jackson and Garcon were slim. The Redskins thought they might be able to keep at least one of the two free agents. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Now they need Josh Doctson to step up. He has the build. He also has the speed. Doctson ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Many believe that he is faster than that at this time. His rehab may have increased his speed. If that is the case, he will definitely become a viable deep threat for the Redskins offense in 2017.
Josh Doctson is ready to explode in 2017. After sitting out a year, he wants to show the league why the Washington Redskins selected him where they did. If he shows up, this will be a fun offense to watch.
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