Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson is not off to a good start to the 2018 season. It’s possible that it may not get better quickly.
The third-year receiver was out of Thursday’s practice. Jay Gruden said that Doctson had been kicked in the heel during practice on Monday.
Gruden was unsure about Doctson’s status for the Redskins’ game against the Saints on Monday night, saying that the player is “day-to-day."
On Wednesday, Doctson did not participate in the portion of practice that was open to the media. Later, he came into the locker room when the media was present but he quickly got something out of his locker and exited. Gruden did not give reporters any information about Doctson’s absence from practice.
The Redskins are looking for a breakout season for Doctson and so far things are not off to a good start. In three games this year he played 88 percent of the snaps and was targeted 13 times and he has five receptions. Four of his catches came in one game, the Week 2 loss to the Colts.
"I think statistically it's not where he wants to be, but I think he's getting better,” said Gruden. “We are 2-1, that’s the bottom line. We've been pretty productive on offense. Sometimes he'll be asked to do more, make some plays, hopefully it will be this week, but I think he'll make plenty of plays for us by the time the season is over.”
Although Doctson didn’t have a great 2017 season (35 receptions, 502 yards) but he did get into the end zone a team-leading six times. He has yet to get there this year although he has had some chances.
“We tried a couple,” said Gruden. “We tried to fade it to him against Indy and we overthrew him out of the back of the end zone. Then we had one where they held him I think last week against Green Bay, where he got the P.I. [pass interference], which is good.”
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