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TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson could be perfect solution to Redskins' need

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TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson could be perfect solution to Redskins' need

Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 21 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

Josh Doctson
Wide receiver
TCU

Height: 6-2
Weight: 202
40-yard dash: 4.50

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying
All of Doctson's experience came in a spread offense that didn't ask him to run a full route tree, but he shows outstanding effort on throws in his zip code, expanding his catch radius, contorting his body and finding ways to finish catches - bailed out quarterback Trevone Boykin on a number of errant passes on film.

Doctson lacks polish in areas, but has the resilient mentality and on-field skill-set to contribute early and settle into a No. 2 receiver role, drawing similarities to Jordan Matthews when he entered the league out of Vanderbilt.
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: The Cowboys have Dez, OBJ plays for the Giants, the Eagles have Jordan Matthews. If the Redskins are going to keep up in the division they need a tall wide receiver who can go up and come down with contested catches. The speedy DeSean Jackson is in the last year of his contract and the physical Pierre Garçon is, too. The Redskins need to have replacements ready for the possibility (probability?) that one (both?) of them moves on.

You could go on the web and produce a dozen or so GIFs like this one, with Doctson going up and getting a contested ball.

If you look at the “spider web” representation of his combine numbers here, you can see the impressive performances in the broad jump and vertical jump, which were predictable after watching him play. But also he shows he has good agility in the shuttle and 3-cone drills, areas where you expect a smaller receiver to excel. To be this quick and agile at his height is impressive.

He has solid football character according to all reports, something much more important to Scot McCloughan as the shuttles and jumping measurements.

Potential issues: Doctson is on the slender side and some are concerned about his ability to get off the line against press coverage. The team that drafts him will want him to add some strength without hampering his speed and jumping ability.

As noted in Brugler’s comment above, Doctson ran a very simple route tree in TCU’s spread offense. There is no reason to think he can’t learn but you don’t know until he does it.

He suffered a broken wrist that ended his senior season early and that will have to pass medical scrutiny.

Bottom line: If we are to believe the mock drafts coming out of the best-known analysts on the web, there is about a 50-50 chance that Doctson will be on the board when the Redskins’ pick comes up. About half of them have him being picked somewhere in the teens, in others he goes in the mid-twenties. His sweet spot could be at No. 21, where the Redskins pick.

Certainly, the Redskins need help on defense and a lineman is widely expected to be their top pick. But wide receiver is also a big need and they could wait until the second round to go D-line and grab someone like Doctson in the first.

In his own words

On how he developed his ability to get jump balls:
What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school. Ally hoops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball. And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football . . . knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch…naturally my body knows when to jump.
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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

After missing the last eight games, the Redskins brought back place-kicker Dustin Hopkins from the injured reserve and waived Nick Rose.

Hopkins became eligible to return from the IR this week and took part in practice all week. Jay Gruden wouldn't commit to one kicker or the other when he spoke earlier in the week, but the decision came down on Saturday.

Rose played well in Hopkins' absence, making 10 of 11 field goals including a 55-yarder. The rookie Rose had some struggles with extra points, missing two of his 20 attempts, though neither snap/hold combination was totally clean either. 

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Hopkins has the stronger leg and is capable of booting the ball out of the end zone on seemingly every kickoff. With Rose as kicker, at times the Redskins deployed a different strategy where kicks were aimed for the goal line, forcing a return. 

Washington's kicker for parts of the last three seasons, Hopkins has a career 84 percent field goal conversion rate and 94.6 percent conversion rate on extra points in 36 games. 

The Redskins sent Hopkins to the IR after a Week 6 win over the 49ers with a right hip rotator muscle injury. 

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

For the second consecutive game, the Redskins got blown out on the road. First in Dallas, then in Los Angeles, Jay Gruden's team is reeling with mounting questions and pressures about 2018 and beyond. 

The best way to calm down the flames? Get a win.

Washington will have that chance on Sunday at 1 p.m. (full coverage on NBC Sports Washington at noon) when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Getting the victory won't be easy, however, no matter how bad the Redskins need it. 

  1. Turn the page - The Redskins have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68-27. The results have been terrible, and the outcome in Los Angeles could have been much uglier had the Chargers not pulled starting QB Philip Rivers. Still, those games are over, and Washington needs to focus on the Cardinals. Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot "wallow" in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come. 
  2. Get it going - Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had by far their worst statistical output last week in LA. The offense must get back on track, and that means a better performance from Cousins and the 'Skins run game. Against the Chargers, Washington generated only 201 total yards and just nine first downs. Nine, their second worst total since having only 15 first downs against the Cowboys the week before. At this stage of the season, the Redskins defense will not win this team any games. The offense must do it, and that means improved play from the line, the quarterback and the skill positions. 
  3. Make a play - Turnovers can win or lose games, and in their last two blowout losses, it's no surprise the Redskins have been on the wrong end of the ledger. Washington has five turnovers in their last two games, and has generated only one takeaway in that span. (It can be argued that shouldn't even count, as it came on an interception from Chargers backup Kellen Clemens in the final minutes of a blowout.) Washington ranks dead last in the NFL in points per game allowed, and that won't improve with linebacker Zach Brown out this weekend. Generating turnovers, particularly against Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert, should be the defensive focus. 

Quote of the Week: Jay Gruden, asked about preparation before the Chargers game-

We didn't spend last week playing checkers.

News & Notes:

  • Gabbert has been sacked 15 times in the Cardinals last two games. Washington comes into Week 15 with the 13th most sacks in the league.
  • The Cardinals defense ranks in the Top 10 in yards per play, yards per game, and rush yards per game. Despite that, Arizona's defense ranks 25th in points allowed. 
  • D.J. Swearinger, who played for Arizona last season before signing in Washington as a free agent, is tied for fourth in the NFC in interceptions.
  • Jordan Reed won't be playing this week, or the remainder of the season. Washington moved Reed to the injured reserve this week. 
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians was a college quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1972 to 1974.

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