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JP Finlay: Hard to imagine scenario where Josh Doctson plays again in 2016

JP Finlay: Hard to imagine scenario where Josh Doctson plays again in 2016

Almost from the beginning of his tenure as a Redskin, things just haven't gone right for rookie Josh Doctson. Washington drafted the TCU receiver in the first round, hoping the 6-foot-2, 202 lbs. athlete could immediately help the team in red zone, but almost right away Doctson was on the shelf with an injured Achilles.

Doctson sat out all of training camp and did not play a single snap in the preseason. Then, perhaps feeling pressure, Doctson played the first two weeks of the season. In two games - losses to the Steelers and the Cowboys - Doctson grabbed two passes for 66 yards. His impact was slight, though Doctson showed his big play potential against Dallas with a 57-yard grab.

Week 3 in New York, the Achilles again flared up and Doctson was a late scratch. After that, Doctson sat out practices, then hit the inactive roster for games. He last played on September 18, but it took the team until October 21 to place the rookie on the injured reserve. Jay Gruden called the decision to place Doctson on IR "disappointing" as the team continually tried to treat the injury.

For weeks, and probably months, the Redskins tried to figure out the source of Doctson's lingering Achilles pain. No doctor, test or specialist could crack the case, and eventually, the team determined rest was the best course of action.

With the calendar now turned to December, Doctson is eligible to return to the team in a few weeks, as early as Week 16. When he was placed on the injured reserve there was some thought the rookie could come back late in the year and potentially be a factor in a playoff run. 

Jay Gruden talked about Doctson's progress on Thursday, and based on his comments, it's hard to envision Doctson playing this season.

"Josh is coming along. He's not really running yet," Gruden said. "They're doing more and more with him in the rehab room there. We'll just have to wait and see."

Wait and see? Doctson hasn't played since the national mindset still assumed Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election. 

A myriad of doctors and experts determined the best course of action for Doctson was to rest. Now, the rookie has had 10 weeks off - a block of time that qualifies as maternity leave in some states  - and the receiver that once ran a 4.50 40-yard-dash is still unable to run. It would be irresponsible for Gruden to say at this point Doctson will not play again in 2016, but the writing is on the wall. 

Despite the lost rookie year, it's still far too early to call Doctson a bust. Far too early.

On the latest installment of #RedskinsTalk Podcast, Santana Moss talked about his rookie year, where he only played five games and struggled to gain a foothold with his teammates (listen below). Moss went on to a 14-year career where he amassed more than 10,000 yards receiving. The injury-plagued rookie season was nothing but a blip on Moss' career. 

At this point, Doctson's rookie year is likely shot. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he can go from not even running in early December to playing meaningful snaps in late December. 

While 2016 will be labeled a disappointment for the first-round rookie, for the Redskins, it's smart to be patient with Doctson. This team might need a new star receiver - next season. 

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Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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