Josh Norman, who's a fan of using comic book and movie references when talking about football, returned to that familiar well to describe Redskins' second-year receiver Josh Doctson.
In an interview with ESPN 980, Norman characterized Doctson's skills are like a "Transformer."
He’s like a Transformer in a way, a Decepticon. He’s good, he moves well in and out of cuts. He’ll give you a little fake like he’s going up vertical and he breaks it back off and comes out of his route. And you can see that he’s improving as well every day, maintaining his health and his ability to stay on the field. We’re going to need him a lot this year.
Though the decepticons are the villians of the Transformers world, Norman's description counts as good news for the Redskins.
Doctson missed all but two games of his rookie season last year due to a nagging Achilles injury that also held him out all of preseason. He was placed on the injured reserve list in late October.
But so far this offseason, so good for the Redskins' 2016 first-round draft pick.
Doctson has made some impressive catches at OTAs as recently as yesterday. He also looked good at a May 25 OTA session, drawing applause from the sideline on one catch.
The receiver said he was hoping to "show my teammates, coaches and myself again that I can play with these guys, play at this level, it feels real good."
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RICHMOND — Sure, it would've only amounted to a few snaps in a meaningless matchup in August. Regardless, seeing Terrelle Pryor take on the Redskins defense in Thursday's New York-Washington preseason game would've at least added a little spice to the action.
Unfortunately, for Redskins fans (and a few defenders who were ready to give out an elbow or two if need be), Pryor won't be suiting up for the contest at FedEx Field.
"I'm not playing this week," Pryor told reporters after Monday's practice, the second joint session between the two squads.
"My biggest thing was, last year, every time I caught a ball and I got wrapped by my ankle, I re-tweaked it," he said, citing his health as the reason why he's going to miss the game. He also revealed that he broke his ankle back in May, which is why he underwent a procedure on it and missed all of OTAs.
The receiver has been on the field sparingly so far vs. the Burgundy and Gold. Combine that with the fact that he'll now be absent on Thursday, and you end up with a large letdown for what could've been some interesting drama between the wideout and his ex-teammates.
Luckily, the two sides had no trouble finding something else to get upset about.
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The San Francisco 49ers plan to sign former Redskins and Cowboys running back Alfred Morris, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.
It will be officially announced once Morris passes his physical, at which point he will be allowed to practice with the team in Houston.
“Alf did a great job for us for the two years I was with him," Shanahan said, via 49ers.com. "It’s not flashy, but he runs extremely hard. He’s very reliable. He’s always been able to — you block it for zero, (he) usually can get at least one. He’s a hard-nose runner, you can keep handing the ball off to who’s very reliable.”
Morris was part of Shanahan's offense in Washington in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowler running back spent the last two season in Dallas, wher ehe was Ezekiel Elliott's backup.
Like the 49ers, the Redskins have struggled with depth at the running back position. Last Thursday in their preseason matchup with New England, expected starting running back Derrius Guice tore his ACL, and the rookie out of LSU will miss the entire season.
There were rumblings that the Redskins might try to sign Morris to offset the loss of Guice, but the 49ers made a move first. With Morris off the free agency board, the Redskins have even fewer options at running back.
Adrian Peterson is a name that has been thrown around, but it's unclear what production he could even offer in this stage of his career.
A carsouel of Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine is expected to fill the void left by Guice. Our first look at the new running back rotation is this Thursday, when the Redskins take on the Jets in their second preseason game.
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