Vikings cut Josh Doctson

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Former first-round draft pick Josh Doctson has suffered another career setback.

Doctson was waived by the Vikings today.

The 26-year-old Doctson was Washington’s first-round draft pick in 2016, but he barely played as a rookie because of an Achilles injury. In his second and third seasons he was healthy and managed just over 500 receiving yards each year, but he was released just before the start of this season. The Vikings picked him up but he didn’t catch a pass during his time in Minnesota.

The timing of the decision to waive Doctson may indicate that receiver Adam Thielen is ready to return this week.

The Vikings also announced that they have promoted linebacker Cameron Smith to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed fullback Johnny Stanton to the practice squad.

25 responses to “Vikings cut Josh Doctson

  1. No loss there, but I hope Thielen is legit healed and something that won’t linger to where he misses game down the stretch.

  2. tinye67 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I wonder why they never gave him a chance? He has to be better than Treadwell!
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    Probably because Treadwell has been in the system longer and knows the playbook.

  3. Bisi Johnson is better than expected, so he’ll be WR 3 behind a Diggs and Thielen. Big Irv Smith is also a receiving star TE in the making. Doctson is expendable.

  4. Yet another wasted 1st round pick by Washington. They miss on their FA signings, draft picks, and let talent (preston smith, jamieson crowder) walk right out the door. Snyder is such a joke

  5. Hoping that thielen is healed, if not I don’t the training staff to rush him. Bisi and Irv has stepped up and the depth of this team is showing.

  6. Usually the Vikings are cutting their own first round picks so this is unique in that while Doctson was a first rounder, he was a bust for the Redskins first before he became a bust for the Vikings.

  7. Guy has all of the physical tools to be a great WR, but he just seems like he doesn’t care that much about football.

  8. Eagles could use all the help they can get and his 2017 and 2018 seasons he was far more productive than Jeffery, Agholor or any Eagles WR has been in 2019. I mean at least is better than Mack Hollins!

    In 4 seasons

    2016: 2 catches/66 yards/0td (ACL injury, placed on IR)
    2017: 35 catches/502 yards/6td
    2018: 44 catches/532 yards/2td
    2019: 1 catch/7 yards/0td (IR from Sept to November)

    Agholor this year has 36 catches/322 yards/3td and Alshon has 34 catches/353 yards/3td.

  9. This probably means they have confidence that Thielen is healed.

    Tough game coming up with Seattle. I’m not confident they’ll win, but if they do, I will be ecstatic and consider Cousins healed of his “big games under the lights” flu.

  10. An 8-3 record and top 10 NFL offense even with the team’s pro bowl WR out for 4 games — looks like the WR depth is just fine despite all the caterwauling from across the border.

  11. The Saints or Patriots might want to add him and see what he has left.Either A Hidden Gem or B a first round Draft bust.Nothing to lose

  12. For Vikes, Doctson is like that one you wanted to date years ago but lost out and settled for the Treadwell you never really wanted.

    Years later both get dumped and you decide to go after the one you originally wanted, only to discover grass ain’t greener on the other side. So, you take back the one you dumped, then dump the one you thought you wanted.

    As The NFL Turns

  13. everyone that disses Thielan have clear proof of his value during the past few weeks, he is mr CLUTCH. He makes those important catches to move the chains. Last few week Minnesota just didn’t look the same. Plus the Defense isn’t getting anything near the Defensive push up the Middle like they did with Joseph and Richardson. Hope Adam has healed, we really need him the rest of the way!

  14. Doctson lacks the ability to beat press coverage. He also doesn’t accelerate quickly so he takes a while to get any separation from a defender. That’s why he failed in Washington and will likely fail anywhere else.

  15. “Yet another wasted 1st round pick by Washington. They miss on their FA signings, draft picks, and let talent (preston smith, jamieson crowder) walk right out the door. Snyder is such a joke”

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    Well, the Redskins didn’t miss on drafting Kirk Cousins in the 4th round. Everyone else passed on him several times over. But of course he’ll win his championship with the Vikings instead of the Redskins. Figures..

  16. As a skins Fan, I remember 2 catches.. The dropped game winner vs the chiefs, and the dive bomb vs Seattle. His routes are garbage and he just doesn’t have the “It” factor.

  17. He has a permanently injured heel. It limits his ability to cut and has slowed him down. Next stop is probably Canada.

  18. He has a permanently injured heel. It limits his ability to cut and has slowed him down. Next stop is probably Canada if he is lucky.

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