Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
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Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Redskins' first-round pick in 2016, Doctson has been a disappointment. He missed most of his rookie year with an Achilles injury and was inefficient on two 78-target seasons thereafter. As a result, the Redskins declined to pick up the $10 million, fifth-year option on his rookie contract, removing some of their incentive to develop him further this year. At 6-2, 202, and with 4.50 40 speed, Doctson is a tall receiver with average speed, but he is an explosive athlete - 41-inch vertical leap, 131-inch broad jump and 4.08-second shuttle time. He's shown flashes of his ability on occasion - two receptions for 40-plus yards and six touchdowns in 2017 - but consistency has been lacking to say the least. After being let go by Washington during final cut-downs, Doctson will now look to carve out a role with the Vikings, but he's not looking at much volume as long as Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs remain healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Vikings in November of 2019.
Cut loose by Vikings
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November 26, 2019
The Vikings waived Doctson on Tuesday.
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 off its bye, Minnesota has decided to wave goodbye to the 2016 first-round pick.
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How do Josh Doctson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
202 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
Shuttle Time
4.08 sec
Cone Drill
6.84 sec
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
Broad Jump
131 in
Bench Press
14 reps
Hand Length
9.88 in
Arm Length
31.88 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A 2016 first-round pick who missed virtually all of his rookie season, Doctson showed some glimpses last year, enough to warrant tempered optimism. His per-play numbers were poor - only 6.4 YPT - but he averaged 14.0 YPC and had two catches of 40-plus yards on 78 targets in 16 games, demonstrating his health and big-play ability. At 6-2, 206, and with 4.5 speed, Doctson has good size and merely average wheels, but he had a 41-inch vertical leap, 131-inch broad jump and 4.08-second short shuttle - all elite marks for explosiveness - at the 2016 combine, and he also has good ball skills. Accordingly, the Redskins were disappointed last year's QB, Kirk Cousins, didn't throw Doctson more 50/50 jump balls. We're not sure new QB Alex Smith is the man to take those chances, either - Smith, despite his uncharacteristic deep throwing last year, is notoriously risk-averse and loath to commit turnovers. In any event, Doctson will start opposite Paul Richardson - with Jamison Crowder in the slot - and should see a career high in targets and plenty of work in the red zone.
Doctson's rookie year was over before it started. A sore Achilles' tendon in spring OTAs never went away, and after suiting up for two games, last year's 22nd overall pick shut it down for good. At 6-2, 202 with 4.50 40 speed, Doctson's physical skills don't jump off the page, but he's athletic -- 131-inch broad jump -- and he put up big numbers in college -- 25 TDs in his last 23 games. The environment should be more favorable in Washington for Doctson this year with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon gone and only Terrelle Pryor (and to a lesser extent Brian Quick) brought in to replace them. That means Doctson could start opposite Pryor with Jamison Crowder working out of the slot, though TE Jordan Reed, barring injury, will also have a big role. In March, Doctson declared himself healthy and proceeded to avoid the PUP list at the start of training camp.
The 22nd overall pick, Doctson is a nice combination of size (6-2, 202), speed (4.5 40), athleticism (131-inch broad jump) and college production (25 TD in his last 23 games). Assuming the Redskins don't cut Pierre Garcon – at press time they indicated they'd keep Garcon and DeSean Jackson despite drafting Doctson - it's likely they'll integrate Doctson into the offense gradually. But Jackson doesn't have the frame to be a go-to receiver, and Garcon is a borderline No. 2 at this point in his career, so Doctson could be Kirk Cousins' top target out wide by midseason. Keep in mind, tight end Jordan Reed is the team's star pass catcher, and he'll get most of the work near the end zone.
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Active against Denver
WRMinnesota Vikings
November 17, 2019
Doctson is active for Sunday's game against Denver and will serve as the fourth receiver, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Activated from IR
WRMinnesota Vikings
November 15, 2019
The Vikings activated Doctson (hamstring) from injured reserve Friday.
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Designated for return from IR
WRMinnesota Vikings
October 30, 2019
Doctson (hamstring) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday after joining the Vikings for practice.
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Targeting Week 10 return
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 26, 2019
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.
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Officially lands on IR
WRMinnesota Vikings
September 12, 2019
The Vikings placed Doctson (leg) on injured reserve Thursday, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports.
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