Josh Doctson flashed how good he can be during Redskins training camp in Richmond.
Practice after practice, Doctson showed his route running ability, coupled with elite body control, and it very much made sense why the Redskins drafted the wideout in the first round in 2016.
Unfortunately, the strong practice performances were followed up with an injury.
In early August, Doctson injured his hamstring and an MRI revealed a slight pull. While he wasn't shut down, Doctson's practices became much more limited. He played in the second preseason game only to be a late scratch in the third preseason tilt.
Now, with the Eagles coming to town on Sunday and the Redskins carrying only five receivers on their active roster, Doctson is very much in the plans.
"I feel good," Doctson said on Wednesday at Redskins Park. "I'm looking forward to the game on Sunday."
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The depth chart the Redskins released in advance of the contest with Philadelphia lists Doctson as a starter, lined up opposite Terrelle Pyor with Jamison Crowder in the slot. Jordan Reed will man the tight end spot, giving QB Kirk Cousins his full arsenal of receiving weapons.
That's the offense Jay Gruden thought about this offseason, as the Redskins remade their group after losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Doctson said he learned a lot from Jackson and Garçon during his rookie year, where he mostly watched and played in just two games.
"I learned a lot. It's a long list of things," Doctson said he picked up from the pair of departed receivers, as well as WR coach Ike Hilliard.
In 10 games as a senior at TCU, Doctson posted video game numbers. He caught 78 passes for 1,326 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. That's the player Washington wanted in the draft, and while his rookie year was largely lost to injury, that's the player Gruden wants to see against the Eagles.
Doctson worked hard to rehab from the Achilles injuries that cost him his rookie season, and has worked hard to be ready for Philly. A man of few words, Doctson repeatedly explained how excited he was to take the field for the Redskins on Sunday.
"I'm excited to play football this Sunday," he said. "I'm just trying to maintain so I can be ready for Sunday."
Fans, coaches, and even Kirk Cousins all feel the same way.
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