Josh Doctson

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #18

Josh Doctson News

Parts ways with Cards

Doctson was released from Arizona's practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Doctson has been on the Cardinals' practice all season and missed some time after testing positive for COVID-19, and he's now been let go by the team. The former 2016 first-round pick hasn't seen NFL action since 2019 with Minnesota.

Oct 12, 2021 7:24 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

Doctson (COVID-19 was reinstated to the Cardinals' practice squad from the practice squad-COVID list Monday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Doctson tested positive for the virus last week but has rejoined the practice squad now that he's cleared the health and safety protocols. The 2016 first-round pick hasn't seen game action since 2019 when he appeared in one game with Minnesota.

Oct 5, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID

Doctson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed on the Cardinals' practice squad COVID list, Howard Balzer of reports.

Analysis: Doctson spent most of his offseason with the Jets before getting released and signing onto the Cardinals' practice squad. The former first-round pick from 2016 likely won't be activated to Arizona's roster anytime soon, barring substantial injuries to their team's receivers.

Sep 29, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Lands on Cards' practice squad

Doctson has signed on with the Cardinals' practice squad.

Analysis: Doctson was released by the Jets in mid-May and didn't have a team for fall camp after opting out of the 2020 campaign. The 2016 first-round pick has found a home on the practice squad, however, and could eventually work his way on to the active roster if injuries surface.

Sep 3, 2021 3:53 PM EST

Released Friday

Doctson was released by the Jets on Friday.

Analysis: Doctson opted out of the 2020 season which could have had an impact on the team's roster decision. The 2016 first-round pick has played in just one game over the past two years, splitting time between the Vikings and Jets after being let go by Washington following the end of his rookie deal.

May 7, 2021 8:28 AM EST

Will return in 2021

Doctson plans to play in 2021 after opting out last season, Manish Mehta, formerly of the New York Daily News, reports.

Analysis: Doctson will carry a cap hit of $985,000 in 2021. Washington's 2016 first-round pick hasn't lived up his lofty draft day billing thus far, and he's no guarantee to make the roster in New York, especially if the year off has further eroded Doctson's skills.

Mar 16, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Opts out of 2020 campaign

Doctson has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Doctson had been in line to compete for outside wide receiver snaps with Breshad Perriman and rookie second-rounder Denzel Mims. The 2016 first-rounder didn't catch a pass in his lone regular-season game with the Vikings last season.

Aug 6, 2020 1:41 PM EST

Signs with Jets

Doctson has agreed to a deal with the Jets.

Analysis: Doctson, a first-round pick in 2016, was waived by both the Redskins and Vikings in 2020. He only played seven offensive snaps in Minnesota due to a nagging hamstring injury. He will now look to make an impression with the Jets during the offseason and earn a role catching passes from Sam Darnold.

Feb 22, 2020 9:30 AM EST

Cut loose by Vikings

The Vikings waived Doctson on Tuesday.

Analysis: After spending most of the season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, Doctson had a chance to make an impact Week 11, only to play seven offensive snaps and not get targeted in the Vikings' comeback win against the Broncos. As the team comes of its bye, Minnesota has decided to wave goodbye to the 2016 first-round pick.

Nov 26, 2019 9:39 AM EST

Active against Denver

Doctson is active for Sunday's game against Denver and will serve as the fourth receiver, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Doctson spent the first two months on injured reserve with a strained hamstring. He'll likely have a small role initially, but he could eventually become the No 3. receiver.

Nov 17, 2019 8:46 AM EST

Activated from IR

The Vikings activated Doctson (hamstring) from injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Doctson's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the Vikings' decision to waive Davion Davis. With Adam Thielen (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Broncos, Doctson's return comes at an opportune time to bolster Minnesota's receiving corps. He could mix into the aerial attack along Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell, working behind Stefon Diggs.

Nov 15, 2019 12:27 PM EST

Targeting Week 10 return

Doctson (hamstring) said Thursday that he's targeting a return from injured reserve Nov. 10 versus the Cowboys, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Doctson said he's hoping to retake the field as early as he is eligible. The 2016 first-round pick is nursing a hamstring injury suffered Sept. 11, according to Tomasson. If Doctson is indeed able to get to full health in time to suit up Week 10 against Dallas, he'll likely be restricted to a depth role behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Laquon Treadwell and Bisi Johnson will compete for the No. 3 receiver gig in the meantime.

Sep 26, 2019 11:29 AM EST

Officially lands on IR

The Vikings placed Doctson (leg) on injured reserve Thursday, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Doctson is reportedly a candidate to return later in the season, though his placement on IR rules him out until Week 10 at the earliest. Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson will provide the Vikings with receiver depth behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the meantime, and the team is a strong candidate to add at least one wideout to the roster in short order.

Sep 12, 2019 10:07 AM EST

Headed for IR

Doctson is reportedly headed for IR due to a leg injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Doctson could be a candidate to return later this season, but for now Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson will provide the Vikings with wideout depth behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Additionally, the team figures to bolster the position in short order.

Sep 12, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Limited in practice

Doctson (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Doctson was inactive Week 1 due to a coach's decision and is now managing a hamstring injury. The 2016 first-round pick is working to climb Minnesota's depth chart and earn a role behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. His chances of suiting up versus the Packers on Sunday are unclear.

Sep 11, 2019 3:24 PM EST

Not dressing Week 1

Doctson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Doctson could push for Chad Beebe or Bisi Johnson for the No. 3 or 4 spot on the depth chart as he becomes more acclimated with the Vikings' offense, but the Redskins castoff will be on the sideline for Week 1. Even if Doctson ascends in the Vikings' wideout pecking order, it's unlikely he'll carve out a large enough target share behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to gain mainstream fantasy relevance.

Sep 8, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Resurfaces in Minnesota

Doctson is signing with the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 2016 first-round pick was waived by Washington on Saturday, failing to earn a roster spot on a team that might have the weakest group of wide receivers in the league. Doctson now lands with a Vikings squad that kept just four wide receivers on its initial 53-man roster, with Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson earning jobs behind the target-hogging duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. It's as good of a landing spot as Doctson could've hoped for, with potential for snaps early in the season if Beebe struggles in the No. 3 role. A reunion with Kirk Cousins can't hurt, though the quarterback had more success in Washington when he threw to other receivers, namely Jamison Crowder, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

Sep 2, 2019 12:45 PM EST

Cut by Redskins

Doctson was released by the Redskins on Saturday,Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Redskins were hoping a trade suitor might emerge for Doctson, but predictably the 2016 first-round pick garnered no such suitors. Despite rightfully earning the "bust" label after three years of disappointing play, Doctson is likely one of the better wide receivers currently available on the open market and should latch on with a wide receiver-needy team relatively soon. Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn and Terry McLaurin figure to be the starting three receivers for the Redskins come Week 1.

Aug 31, 2019 12:30 PM EST

Available for trade

The Redskins hope to trade Doctson before Week 1, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Doctson has caught one pass for 16 yards through three preseason games. Coach Jay Gruden declined to say if the wideout will stick around on the 53-man roster, instead noting that Doctson won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against Baltimore, per Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington. It sounds like the Redskins might cut Doctson if they can't find a trade partner by the end of the week. Either way, Terry McLaurin or one of the team's other young wideouts will have a nice opportunity to earn snaps early in the season. Paul Richardson is locked in as a starter outside, with Trey Quinn (thumb) expected to man the slot in three-wide formations.

Aug 27, 2019 10:36 AM EST

No receptions

Doctson was targeted once but not record a catch in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Bengals on Thursday.

Analysis: Doctson was targeted by starting quarterback Case Keenum on third down during the team's second offensive series. He made no other appearance on the stat sheet, though the first-team offense took the field for only three drives. The fourth-year receiver could lead lead the team in targets, though he took a step back in a disappointing 2018 campaign. Likely to be a free agent after the season, Doctson will have the motivation of earning a second contract in the NFL.

Aug 15, 2019 10:13 PM EST

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