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Recently released Josh Doctson reportedly set to reunite with former Redskin Kirk Cousins

Recently released Josh Doctson reportedly set to reunite with former Redskin Kirk Cousins

After a drama-filled tenure in the nation's capital ended in the Washington Redskins preferring mid-round talent over a former first-round receiver out of TCU,  Josh Docton joins a familiar face in Minnesota after reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Vikings per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Vikings are appending the 26-year-old to a receiving corps that includes top-tier pass-catchers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. 

The Skins travel to Minnesota on October 24th for a primetime Thursday night matchup with the Vikings, where former Redskin Kirk Cousins will be looking to rewrite his night game resume. 

The initial domino that made this move possible was the Vikings releasing wide-receiver, Laquon Treadwell. Building upon the irony of this entire situation, Treadwell and Doctson both went in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. 

Doctson now has a second chance to prove he's capable of living up to his draft position, but Redskins fans sure hope he doesn't display that in late October. 

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New pass interference rule would have helped the Saints, but could have won a game for the Redskins too

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New pass interference rule would have helped the Saints, but could have won a game for the Redskins too

PHOENIX - In the wake of possibly the most egregious missed pass interference call in football history, the NFL decided to do something about it.

Nearly every team in the league voted to allow review on pass interference calls, and non-calls, in the final minutes of a game. 31 out of 32 teams voted for the new rule, a rare near sign of unanimity in a league full of competing agendas.

For the Redskins, it was obvious.

“Everybody, without a doubt, wants the game called properly. We don't want to see something like what happened in the New Orleans game and the Rams game,” Washington head coach Jay Gruden said of the rule change.

And while the focus will remain on the Saints getting jobbed out of a Super Bowl appearance, that rule change might have won the Redskins another game in the 2018 season as well.

When Washington hosted the Texans in November, both teams were in first place. Most fans remember that as the game Alex Smith broke his leg, but late in the contest, Colt McCoy led a furious comeback attempt.

On one of the final plays of the game, McCoy went deep to Josh Doctson. There was blatant pass interference on the play, but no flag got thrown.

The Redskins lost.

“No I did not,” Gruden answered when asked if he remembered the end of that game fondly.

“That's the whole thing you're trying to avoid. You're trying to get these calls right.”

Gruden’s team didn’t lose only because of that missed call, but if the correct ruling came down, it might have changed the outcome.

In 2019, that problem should be fixed.

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Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis highlight injury questions before pseudo-playoff game in Tennessee

Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis highlight injury questions before pseudo-playoff game in Tennessee

Injuries happen across the NFL, but in few places do injuries happen like they do in Washington. For the second straight season, 20 players landed on the Redskins injured reserve list. 

For Jay Gruden's squad, the news somehow continues to get worse, even with a possible playoff spot within grasp.

Everybody knows the Redskins will head into Nashville on Saturday afternoon starting fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson. Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffered broken legs, and Mark Sanchez was ineffective. Johnson won last week in Jacksonville, and frankly, is an intriguing prospect that is easy for fans to support. 

The latest injury news for Washington is about players to whom Johnson might throw passes. 

Jordan Reed won't play. Gruden made that clear on Thursday. That's not a huge surprise, but losing guys like Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis won't help, and that could well be the case. 

Doctson missed Thursday's practice with lower back spasms, and Davis entered the NFL's concussion protocol. Both players could suit up Saturday, but it's really hard to know. 

Another pass catcher, Maurice Harris, might miss Sunday's game due to a concussion, and the team called up Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad just in case.

There's also a big question at offensive guard, as Ty Nsekhe hasn't practiced all week. Tony Bergstrom has, and his return could help if Nsekhe doesn't play, but it's not an even swap. 

Add it all up, especially facing a stout Titans defense, and the injuries make winning in Tennessee an even harder proposition. And Las Vegas already installed the Redskins double-digit underdogs. 

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