Josh Doctson

Josh Doctson

Wide Receiver #18
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 202 lb.
Born:December 3, 1992
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 1 (22)
Draft Team:WAS

Josh Doctson: Preparing for 2020 departure

Doctson anticipates being a free agent next offseason,'s John Keim reports. "I think I'm hitting free agency next year. I won't be the first, won't be the last," Docton said. "It's nothing to be sad about, be mad about. I'm not trying to prove nothing to nobody. Just trying to get chemistry with the quarterbacks."

Analysis: Washington declined the fifth-year option on its 2016 first-round pick, making an easy decision after Doctson managed just 6.8 yards per target and two touchdowns on 44 catches last season. The 26-year-old wideout presumably will open training camp with a spot in the starting offense, but he may face competition from rookie third-round pick Terry McLaurin or even 2018 UDFA Cam Sims. Coach Jay Gruden already put a damper on any fantasy-related optimism, noting that Doctson may struggle to draw targets in an offense that also needs to create opportunities for Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn, Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson. The team also hopes to lean heavily on its running game, led by Derrius Guice (knee) and Adrian Peterson.

July 5, 2019 7:02 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Fifth-year option declined

The Redskins will not exercise the fifth-year option on Doctson's rookie contract, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: The additions of Terry McLaurin (third round) and Kelvin Harmon (sixth) in last week's draft likely made this decision even easier, but it's nonetheless no surprise that the Redskins decided against keeping Doctson around at an expected $10 million price tag given his underwhelming production through three years. While it's possible the Achilles injury that limited him to two games his rookie year stunted Docton's professional development, Redskins quarterback barely averaged a 61.6 QB rating when targeting him last year and the TCU product's average of 2.9 yards after the catch was inferior to all but 154 other receivers in 2018. There might still be untapped upside to be found in Doctson if first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins can take successfully take the reigns of the offense, but it's also possible the receiver is on his way out the door.

May 1, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Gets competition via draft

Doctson could face some competition after Washington selected wide receivers Terry McLaurin (third round) and Kelvin Harmon (sixth round) during the 2019 NFL Draft.

Analysis: Of course, Washington lost Jamison Crowder to the Jets earlier this offseason and didn't sign any veteran free agents. Neither rookie profiles as an instant impact player, but it isn't out of the question for one or both to challenge Doctson, who has managed just 1,100 receiving yards in 33 games since coming off the board 22nd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. It's safe to assume Washington won't pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Paul Richardson (shoulder) looks like the only sure starter among the team's wideout group, though Trey Quinn tentatively is expected to fill Crowder's vacated slot role.

April 29, 2019 9:42 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Pair of grabs in season-ending loss

Doctson brought in two of four targets for 33 yards in the Redskins' 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Doctson was dealing with an illness this past week, but he bounced back to co-lead the Redskins in receptions and lead the team in receiving yardage. The 26-year-old did manage to establish new career highs in receptions (44) and receiving yardage (532) in 2018, but he's still largely considered a disappointment after being selected No. 22 overall in 2016. Doctson will be playing on the final year of his rookie contract in 2019, and it remains to be seen if he'll stick around to fulfill it.

December 30, 2018 6:44 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Active for season finale

Doctson (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Held out of practice Thursday and Friday due to an illness, Doctson has put the ailment behind him as he prepares for his typical workload in the range of 77 to nearly 100 percent of the offensive snaps. The usage hasn't translated to many significant game lines this season, but he is just four yards shy of setting a new career high.

December 30, 2018 12:04 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Listed as questionable

Doctson (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Doctson still has time to recover before Sunday, but it isn't a great sign that he missed practice both Thursday and Friday (per Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post). With fellow wide receiver Maurice Harris (concussion) already ruled out, Michael Floyd may be looking at a three-down role on the outside. It's unclear whether Jehu Chesson or Darvin Kidsy would join Floyd and Jamison Crowder in three-wide formations if Doctson were to miss the game.

December 28, 2018 11:02 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Comes down with illness

Coach Jay Gruden said Doctson missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Doctson joins two other Redskins wideouts that were listed on Wednesday's injury report: Jamison Crowder (who was limited by a wrist issue) and Maurice Harris (who didn't practice due to a concussion). With the top trio all question marks at the moment, the remaining healthy options at the position in Washington are Michael Floyd, Jehu Chesson and Darvin Kidsey.

December 27, 2018 10:37 AM EST

Josh Doctson: 30 yards in loss

Doctson had three catches (six targets) for 30 yards in Saturday's 25-16 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Josh Johnson failed to connect with Doctson on multiple occasions, most notably a bad throw into coverage in the first half that was picked off. It is tough to trust any receivers outside of Jamison Crowder with an inaccurate mobile quarterback under center. Doctson does possess big-play ability, but he is nothing more than a deep-league dart against the Eagles in Week 17.

December 22, 2018 8:44 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Playing Saturday

Doctson (lower back) is active for Saturday's contest against the Titans.

Analysis: There was some concern Doctson might not be available for Saturday's contest after the receiver stumbled onto the injury report Thursday with what was deemed as lower back spasms. Thankfully for a Redskins' offense missing Jordan Reed (foot/ankle), Vernon Davis (concussion) and Maurice Harris (concussion), Doctson's injury only appeared to be minor, and as a result the third-year receiver will take the field against a Titans' defense allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position in 2018.

December 22, 2018 12:22 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Dealing with back spasms

Doctson (lower back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's contest at Tennessee.

Analysis: Doctson's practice reps weren't impacted Tuesday or Wednesday, but the Redskins tacked him onto Thursday's report with what was termed lower back spasms. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, tight end Jordan Reed (foot/ankle) has been ruled out, and Vernon Davis and Maurice Harris are questionable for Saturday with concussions. If Doctson gets the all-clear this weekend, he would be primed to take advantage of the situation alongside Jamison Crowder and Jeremy Sprinkle.

December 20, 2018 11:08 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Falls flat in Jacksonville

Doctson was held without a catch on two targets in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Listed as questionable due to a concussion, Doctson got the start but didn't make any noise. He was coming off three straight games with more than 50 yards, but there isn't much reason to expect success with Josh Johnson under center for Week 16 against the Titans and Week 17 against the Eagles.

December 16, 2018 6:08 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Active Week 15

Doctson (concussion) is listed as active Sunday in Jacksonville.

Analysis: Doctson passed through the concussion protocol in short order, setting himself up to face the Jags' second-ranked pass defense. He'll be on the receiving end of passes from Josh Johnson in an offense without Jordan Reed (toe).

December 16, 2018 8:48 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Makes trip to Jacksonville

Doctson (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, traveled with the team to Jacksonville, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: The news confirms that Doctson has at least some hope of receiving clearance from the NFL's concussion protocol prior to the 1 p.m. EST kickoff. Doctson only practiced once this week, but since he was a full participant in Friday's session, he shouldn't face any restrictions Sunday if he does in fact receive the green light to play.

December 15, 2018 12:32 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Officially questionable

Doctson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Doctson returned to practice Friday and seemingly has a shot to make it through the concussion protocol before Sunday's game. If he does, he'll square off against Jaguars cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye while catching passes from veteran journeyman Josh Johnson.

December 14, 2018 11:08 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Getting some practice work

Doctson (concussion) returned to practice Friday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: While still likely to have a designation on the final injury report, Doctson is at least making a late bid to play in Sunday's game at Jacksonville. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

December 14, 2018 9:23 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Not practicing

Doctson (concussion) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Doctson's inability to log any reps during the Redskins' first two practices of Week 15 suggests he still has multiple steps to clear in the NFL's five-phase concussion protocol. With Washington's Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars just three days away, Doctson doesn't seem to be trending toward suiting up, though the Redskins may not make an official call on his status until gameday. In the event Doctson is sidelined, Maurice Harris and Michael Floyd would likely be featured alongside Jamison Crowder (ankle) in most of Washington's three-receiver formations.

December 13, 2018 9:19 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Going through concussion protocol

Doctson (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. "I think Josh has a chance to be okay," coach Jay Gruden said. "He's getting checked out by an independent guy and hopefully we'll know more tomorrow."

Analysis: Doctson entered the concussion protocol in the wake of a Week 14 demolition at the hands of the Giants. Gruden's comments likely indicate Doctson had an evaluation Wednesday to get through one of the five steps in the protocol, but ultimately he'll need to get clearance from an independent neurologist to play Sunday in Jacksonville.

December 12, 2018 3:14 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Still in concussion protocol

Doctson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Doctson resides in the NFL's in concussion protocol as of Wednesday, which clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. If he's not cleared for the contest, added Week 15 snaps would available for Maurice Harris and Michael Floyd.

December 12, 2018 9:24 AM EST

Josh Doctson: Concussed during 84-yard outing

Doctson is in the concussion protocol, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Doctson caught four of five targets for a career-high 84 yards in Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants, unexpectedly having one of his better games with Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson taking snaps. The third-year wideout apparently got concussed somewhere along the way, putting his availability into question for Week 15 at Jacksonville. Maurice Harris and Michael Floyd would be the top candidates to take on vacated snaps, albeit in a nightmare matchup with Johnson under center.

December 10, 2018 12:17 PM EST

Josh Doctson: Season-high receiving total in loss

Doctson (hip) caught four of five targets for 84 yards in Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: This was a strong performance from Doctson, especially considering his team trailed 40-0 through three quarters. The 84 receiving yards marked a season high, but Doctson will be hard-pressed to match that total against the Jaguars in Week 15. Josh Johnson will start that game under center for the Redskins after replacing an ineffective Mark Sanchez in this one.

December 9, 2018 3:24 PM EST

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