Josh Doctson hopes for a “huge” third year

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Washington receiver Josh Doctson, a first-round pick in 2016, hasn’t done much in two NFL seasons. He hopes to do a lot more in year three.

“Every new year I’m looking to be better. I have been better,” Doctson said Saturday at a football camp at TCU, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Just off the field maturing, off the field understanding how to be a NFL player. There’s just a lot that goes into this game that people overlook when they first get into the league. I lost my first year [to injury], last year I was able to play and then this year looking to do huge things.”

As Davison points out, Doctson hasn’t had a 100-yard receiving game, and he hasn’t caught more than four passes in any one game. He had 502 receiving yards last season, with a single-game high of 81 yards, against the Saints.

But 2017 was still definitely better than 2016, given that he appeared in only two games as a rookie. Last year, Doctson appeared in all 16 games, with 14 starts. And he’s hoping for a fresh start with new quarterback Alex Smith.

“It’s been amazing,” Doctson said regarding working with Smith. “It’s been fun. It’s just been a fun OTAs and minicamp. I’ve been there for two years, but this year stands out to me much more than the previous two just because I’m getting older and moving toward the veteran group. And just the guys, the chemistry with both offense and defense, we compete our butts off every day.”

They’ll need to compete their butts off in 2018, or some butts will be on the hot seat. And Doctson could be one of the guys on that list, if he doesn’t begin to justify the first-round faith the team had in him.

23 responses to “Josh Doctson hopes for a “huge” third year

  1. It’s so hard to call this guy a bust or a good pick, just gotta wait and see for this year, Ceiling is really high.

  2. Disappointing that his TCU career didn’t convert in the pros. Too bad he was selected by the skins. That could be the problem.

  3. The Redskins aren’t the problem. Their offense gets a lot of passing yards. Doctson got hurt in his rookie season and just hasn’t done much since then. He has trouble getting separation from defensive backs and running solid routes. Maybe this is the year he lives up to his draft status, or maybe not.

  4. thefiesty1 says:
    July 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    Disappointing that his TCU career didn’t convert in the pros. Too bad he was selected by the skins. That could be the problem.

    Could be a lot worse, they could have drafted Laquon Treadwell.
    At least Doctson has shown some pro ability.

  5. First-round pick WR’s usually hit the ground running. OK, he was injured year one but last year was basically invisible. Redskins threw the ball a lot; he should have had way more production. On his way to Bustville.

  6. good ole waffle, purple obsession 365.

    I’m sure they’d rather have Treadwells QB still on their team.

  7. Usually it takes about 3 years for a WR to break through. Is rare that they hit the ground running. Agholor had bust written all over him then last season broke out. I would expect Doctson to have a breakout year in year 3.

  8. Frazier28/7 says:
    July 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm
    good ole waffle, purple obsession 365.

    What obsession?
    I never mentioned a single word about the Vikings.

    It’s a simple fact that they both came out in the same draft class and were selected one after the other.
    I’m sure even you can admit that Treadwell’s career has been quite laughable at this point. (Do you disagree?)
    To the tune of the fact that he’s been outclassed by every single draft pick at the wideout position and even a few walk-ons like the Packers Geronimo Allison for instance.

  9. As a Vikings fan, I agree, it is obvious he is better than Treadwell, who is a huge bust. But hey, Treadwell is saying the exact same thing Doctson is. It’s almost like players always tell you they are going to be better!

  10. Josh Dropson needs to learn how to catch.

    And his goal for 2018 should be to show up for all 16 games (there will be no playoffs for the Redskins this year with the antique Alex Smith); Dropson should also look to catch more than two balls a game (he can find them, right?).

    And then a successful 2018 would be for him to do more than to impersonate a wide receiver.

  11. Draft Rule #13: Never draft WRs in the first round…no matter how good they are, are they really worth paying top dollar?…how many top dollar WRs have won the Superbowl lately…?

  12. gjv001 says:
    July 9, 2018 at 9:02 am
    I could see Doctson being traded this offseason.


    No way he’s traded. If he’s good this year, then Washington wants to keep him. If he’s not good, then no one will trade anything for him. He’s either going to be good for Washington or get released/not-resigned.

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