Former Washington first-round pick Josh Doctson among players cut by Jets

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The career of wide receiver Josh Doctson has taken another step toward its conclusion.

Doctson was released by the Jets today, having played zero games for them. They signed him last year but he opted out of the 2020 season.

The 28-year-old Doctson was a first-round pick in Washington in 2016 but never emerged as the kind of player Washington hoped he would be in three years there. He also briefly spent time in Minnesota but never caught a pass as a Viking.

The Jets also released CB Kyron Brown, TE Connor Davis, OL Leo Koloamatangi, K Chase McLaughlin and WR Jaleel Scott. They placed S Saquan Hampton on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Twelve undrafted free agents signed with the Jets today as well: Isaiah Dunn, DB, Oregon State; Michael Dwumfour, DL, Rutgers; Camilo Eifler, LB, Illinois; Parker Ferguson, OL, Air Force; Grant Hermanns, OL, Purdue; Tristen Hoge, OL, BYU; Chris Naggar, K, SMU; Jordyn Peters, S, Auburn; Hamilcar Rashed Jr., DE, Oregon State; Teton Saltes, OL, New Mexico; Brendon White, LB, Rutgers; Kenny Yeboah, TE, Mississippi.

10 responses to “Former Washington first-round pick Josh Doctson among players cut by Jets

  1. The turnover on the lower end of rosters is incredible. Those are the real core of the league & I see a real need for them to have their own Union. The NFLPA is clearly run to protect the vested, established, top half of the league players. If a player has less than 3 years service, has a contract less than a certain number (TBD) or is unsigned, but still active he would fall into the separate Union. Those players who were in the NFLPA & become free agents, Remain under the NFLPA. Thus, the “rookies Union,” fo lack of better term, would be focused & fight for the undrafted, the lower drafted players and the majority of the league players. Just a thought.

  2. Let’s go back to the draft coverage of all of the usual suspects saying great pick. This guy is going to be fantastic in the league. Yada, yada, yada. They don’t have a clue, which is why I don’t watch anymore.

  3. We called him “Slow Walk” in our home. After every play, Doctson would be seen slowly walking back to the huddle. Never showed any signs of energy. Very surprising for a WR.

  4. Doctson show a lot of promise coming out of TCU. He made some very good catches. Doctson is living proof that you never know what kind of pro he will make. Having sudden money, fame, and expectations can change a player.

  5. Reading a college scouting report from 2016 and having watched his career fail it’s easy to see how:

    2016 Scouting Report
    Strengths: Excellent red-zone weapon, Wins 50-50 passes, Vertical jump; leaping ability
    Weaknesses: Will struggle to separate from NFL cornerbacks, Not sudden, Not fast in and out of breaks

    Watching him in Washington it was clear that he couldn’t get open or run crisp routes. Because of that on the NFL level if your greatest skill is out jumping/out muscling a CB it’s a completely different game against NFL caliber athletes and not the JV level CB’s in the Big 12. Teams often overlook the importance of great route running and natural hands. For someone like Doctson if you are going to be a raw receiver you have to have superior physical gifts i.e. Demaryius Thomas coming out of GA Tech.

  6. I remember the year he was on the Vikings…they had two first round WR’s that never saw the field while a fifth rounder and UDFA were tearing it up. Irony.

  7. Another name to add to the “first round bust” list, thereby proving the crap-shoot nature of the draft.

  8. He was in the same draft as Corey Coleman. Both of which were analytics darlings. Goes to show that the one thing that doesn’t show up on spreadsheets is desire. Some of these guys have it everywhere but between the ears.

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