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Josh Doctson knows his time is running out: 'I think I'm hitting free agency this year'

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Josh Doctson knows his time is running out: 'I think I'm hitting free agency this year'

When the Redskins selected wide receiver Josh Doctson No. 22 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, they expected the Texas Christian University product to turn into a reliable NFL wide receiver.

It's no secret that Doctson's production through his first three seasons in the NFL has fallen short of the Redskins' expectations. 

So it was no surprise that the Redskins chose not to pick up Doctson's fifth-year option, meaning the 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the 2019 seasons end.

While the Redskins have not ruled out potentially re-signing the fourth-year receiver, all signs point towards 2019 being Doctson's last season in the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think I'm hitting free agency next year," Doctson told ESPN's John Keim. "I won't be the first, won't be the last. It's nothing to be sad about, be mad about. Someone wants you there, so it's all love."

After injuries prevented Doctson from having any major impact as a rookie (he appeared in just two games, catching two passes for 66 yards), Doctson has only missed one game in the past two seasons. He's dealt with his share of injuries, but has been unable to establish himself as a solid NFL receiver. In the past two seasons, he's caught a total of 79 receptions for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns, numbers that would be impressive had they been over the course of one season, not two.

The Redskins have addressed the receiver group significantly over the past two seasons. They signed Paul Richardson to a five-year deal in 2018, and have drafted three wide receivers -- Trey Quinn, Trey McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon -- in the past two years. All four of those receivers are expected to have an impact on the Redskins offense in 2019. Additionally, tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis, as well as running back Chris Thompson are also expected to be major pieces to the Redskins' aerial attack.

Doctson has a lot to prove as he enters his first contract year, not just to the Redskins but the entire league. Despite knowing there will be a lot of competition for playing time, he's not worried. He doesn't feel any extra motivation by the Redskins declining to pick up his fifth-year option, either.

"No, because that would mean it would have gotten to me and I'd feel some type of way. There's no motivation," he told Keim. "I'm not trying to prove nothing to nobody. Just trying to get chemistry with the quarterbacks."

While the main storyline throughout training camp will be about the quarterback competition between veteran Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins, it's worth paying attention to Doctson as he gears up for the most important season of his career.


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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.