Jahan Dotson

Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver
Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver
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Jahan Dotson News

Solid numbers to wrap up season

Dotson caught three of four targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Sam Howell was making his first career start at quarterback and attempted only 19 passes, but Dotson was still able to flash his big-play ability. The 2022 first-round pick completes his first NFL season with 35 catches on 61 targets for 523 yards and seven TDs, and while Dotson took a back seat to Terry McLaurin in 2022, the duo could be on more equal footing in the Washington passing game next year -- whether Howell, or a veteran import, is slinging balls their way.

Jan 8, 2023 9:00 PM EST

Held to three catches

Dotson caught three of seven targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Dotson tied TE Logan Thomas for the team lead in targets but lost a three-game TD streak with QB Carson Wentz struggling badly in his return to the starting role. It remains to be seen if Wentz or Taylor Heinicke will start Week 18 against Dallas, with the latter seemingly a better option when it comes to fantasy value for Dotson and Terry McLaurin.

Jan 2, 2023 10:54 AM EST

Team-high nine targets plus score

Dotson finished with six receptions on nine targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Dotson kept his hot streak rolling with his third touchdown in as many weeks. The 22-year-old ran a crisp corner route to the back pylon for a short score in the second quarter, showing fantasy managers that he is more than just an outside deep threat. Dotson's targets have ballooned during his recent run of strong play, racking up a team-high 24 targets over Washington's last three games. The Commanders will have to make a decision on who to start between Taylor Heinicke and Carson Wentz for Week 17, but Dotson's stock should remain high regardless of who is under center against the Browns next Sunday.

Dec 24, 2022 8:08 PM EST

Coming on strong late in year

Dotson caught four of six targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Dotson was the unexpected star of Washington's aerial attack Sunday, posting the first 100-yard game of his career under the lights of Sunday Night Football. This standout performance comes on the heels of another strong fantasy line (5/54/1), indicating that the rookie has shaken off the rust after a slow start since returning from injured reserve in Week 10. The 22-year-old is averaging 7.5 targets over his current two-game hot streak. Dotson's improved play of late combined with his nose for the end zone -- six TDs in nine games -- make him an intriguing play against the 49ers on Saturday.

Dec 18, 2022 10:22 PM EST

Reemerges with late TD

Dotson caught five of nine targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-20 tie with the Giants.

Analysis: Dotson scored the tying TD from 28 yards out just inside the two-minute warning, his first real highlight since returning from injured reserve Week 10. He was targeted only four times his first three games back despite playing at least 34 snaps in each contest, with Washington's offense focusing more on Terry McLaurin and the running backs. McLaurin had an even bigger game this past Sunday, while Dotson showed some of the big-play ability that led him to four TDs over the first four weeks of the season. The Commanders have a Week 14 bye before hosting the Giants in a rematch Week 15 and visiting San Francisco in Week 16.

Dec 5, 2022 9:22 PM EST

Targeted once

Dotson was targeted once and didn't catch any passes in Sunday's 19-13 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Dotson played more than 60 percent of snaps for a second straight week but has been targeted only four times in three games since missing more than a month with a hamstring injury. The Washington offense has become much more run-oriented since the early part of the season when Dotson scored four TDs in his first four games, and Terry McLaurin has taken on a larger share of the targets ever since Taylor Heinicke took over at quarterback. It's a situation that's left Dotson and Curtis Samuel with only a few targets each week, making neither an attractive fantasy option for Week 13 at the Giants.

Nov 28, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Produces another dud Sunday

Dotson caught one of two targets for 13 yards and rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Texans.

Analysis: In Dotson's second game back from a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury, he was held in check by a Houston secondary without their third overall draft pick in Derek Stingley (hamstring). After a hot start to begin his NFL career, including four scores in his first four games, the 22-year-old has managed just a combined two receptions for 27 yards over Washington's last two contests with Taylor Heinicke under center. However, Dotson has a prime opportunity to turn things around in Week 12 against a vulnerable Falcons secondary.

Nov 22, 2022 4:49 PM EST

Limited role in return

Dotson (hamstring) hauled in his lone target for a 14-yard reception in Monday's 32-21 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: In his return from a five-game absence, Dotson didn't start but still finished third among Commanders receivers in snaps, albeit by a small margin. He was on the field for 34 of the Commanders' 83 offensive snaps (40 percent), trailing both Terry McLaurin (86 percent) and Curtis Samuel (64 percent) and narrowly outpacing Cam Sims (33 percent) for fourth. Expect Dotson's snap share to pick up as he becomes further removed from the hamstring issue, but the rookie doesn't look like the safest bet to reclaim the fantasy utility he held over the first quarter of the season before the hamstring injury surfaced. In his first four games, Dotson turned in a modest averages of three receptions and 38 receiving yards on 5.5 target per contest, but his value was propped up heavily by four touchdown catches.

Nov 16, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Puts forth full practice

Dotson (hamstring) was a full participant in Friday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Dotson was a limited participant Thursday in his first recorded practice activity since Oct. 20, he took another step forward by taking every rep Friday. He thus looks on track to play in Monday's game against the Eagles after missing the Commanders' last five games with a hamstring strain and a related setback. Dotson should step back into a regular role in three-receiver sets alongside Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel on Monday, though the rookie first-round selection may not immediately reclaim the typical 85-plus-percent snap share he enjoyed in the first three weeks of the season.

Nov 11, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Limited in return to practice

Dotson (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, Zach Selby of the Commanders' official site reports.

Analysis: This marks Dotson's first appearance at practice since Oct. 20, when he aggravated the hamstring issue that hasn't allowed him to play since Week 4. He now has two more sessions to put himself in a position to suit up Monday at Philadelphia.

Nov 10, 2022 10:25 AM EST

Out this week, could return Week 10

Dotson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, but coach Ron Rivera said the team hopes to get the wideout back next week, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dotson hasn't practiced since suffering a setback Oct. 20, and the Commanders will turn to Cam Sims and/or Dyami Brown for at least one more game in the No. 3 receiver role. A return to practice next week wouldn't necessarily equate to playing in the Week 10 matchup with Philadelphia, but it'd be a good place for the rookie to start. He does have an extra day to get ready with the Week 10 contest played on a Monday.

Nov 4, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Trending toward another missed game

Dotson (hamstring) isn't taking part in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dotson hasn't practiced in any capacity since he reportedly aggravated his hamstring injury during a limited showing in the Commanders' Oct. 20. He missed two games prior to the aggravation and now looks to be trending toward a fifth consecutive absence this Sunday, when the Commanders host the Vikings. The Commanders will wait and see what, if anything, Dotson is able to do at Friday's practice before giving him a designation for the Week 9 game.

Nov 3, 2022 9:17 AM EST

Remains sidelined at practice

Dotson (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dotson hasn't played since Week 4 due to a lingering hamstring injury, an issue which he reportedly aggravated late October. The Commanders haven't offered a timetable for the rookie first-rounder's return, but he only has two more chances to practice ahead of Sunday's contest against the Vikings.

Nov 2, 2022 9:17 AM EST

Out again

Dotson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: With Dotson out another week, it'll be either Cam Sims or Dyami Brown (questionable - groin) getting most of the WR snaps alongside Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel in the three-wide formations that comprise most of Washington's offense. The team might also have TE Logan Thomas (calf) as a receiving option this week, as he's been deemed questionable after missing the past three games.

Oct 28, 2022 10:06 AM EST

Unlikely to play Sunday

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he doesn't expected Dotson (hamstring) to be available for Sunday's contest at Indianapolis, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Dotson hasn't logged any game action since Week 4, and he recently aggravated his hamstring concern, per Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington, so the rookie wide receiver appears to be a few weeks from returning, at least. Still, Dotson's status should be monitored, as he may be ruled out for Week 8 as soon as the release of Friday's injury report. In Dotson's stead, Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel will continue to be Washington's top WR options, with Dyami Brown (groin), Cam Sims and Dax Milne in reserve.

Oct 27, 2022 10:45 AM EST

Still not practicing

Dotson (hamstring) isn't practicing Thursday, Zach Selby of the Commanders' official site reports.

Analysis: According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post, Dotson recently aggravated the hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the Commanders' previous three games, which explains why he's logged no activity for the team's first two practices of Week 8 after practicing on a limited basis twice Week 7. Jhabvala suggests that Dotson could be in store for another multi-week recovery timeline in light of the setback, so at the very least, fantasy managers shouldn't count on the rookie wideout making it back for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.

Oct 27, 2022 9:16 AM EST

Not able to practice

Dotson (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dotson has missed three games in a row and reportedly suffered a setback after returning to a limited practice last week. He's in danger of making it four straight absences when the Commanders face the Colts on Sunday.

Oct 26, 2022 10:27 AM EST

Inactive against Green Bay

Dotson (hamstring) is inactive Week 7 against the Packers.

Analysis: Reports from earlier Sunday morning had suggested Dotson was not in line to suit up, and that will be confirmed with the official inactive report. Dotson will effectively miss his third consecutive week, leaving Cam Sims in line for a boosted role in terms of offensive snaps.

Oct 23, 2022 8:32 AM EST

Not slated to play Sunday

Dotson (hamstring) is not in line to be active for Sunday's game against the Packers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Official confirmation of Dotson's Week 7 status will arrive when the Commanders' inactives are posted ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but after the wideout aggravated his hamstring injury in practice, he's in line to miss the contest. With Dyami Brown (groin) already ruled out, Cam Sims figures to see added snaps versus Green Bay behind Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.

Oct 23, 2022 6:46 AM EST

Reportedly long-shot to play

Dotson (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, is a long-shot to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Head coach Ron Rivera previously said the Commanders will err on the safe side, so this is another sign he may not play. Dotson reportedly aggravated his hamstring injury during Thursday's practice. With backup wideout Dyami Brown (groin) officially ruled out, Cam Sims would be the probable No. 3 receiver if Dotson is declared inactive prior to the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.

Oct 22, 2022 11:42 PM EST

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