Josh Doctson needs a productive season, for himself and for the Redskins. Both parties grew frustrated during 2016 when Doctson played just two games as he battled an Achilles injury, and eventually when the first-round pick was put on the injured reserve list.
2017 presents a host of new opportunities for Doctson. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are gone, which means there will be plenty of balls to catch if Doctson is up for the task.
By all accounts he is ready. Doctson himself has said it, as has Washington head coach Jay Gruden. He missed a little bit of time during OTAs, but that had nothing to do with the Achilles troubles, the media was told.
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This fall, the Redskins have Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed to serve as Kirk Cousins' primary targets. Doctson should pick up targets after those three, and if defenses try to limit or slow the other weapons, Doctson could feast.
One more interesting note, though, came in Cousins' conversation with 106.7 the Fan's Grant and Danny. Talking about why he didn't offer a long-term counter to the Redskins, Cousins explained he needed more time to evaluate the state of the Redskins.
Some of that evaluation could be specific to Doctson.
Think about it: Cousins excelled with Jackson and Garçon as his primary weapons. Last season, he almost threw for 5,000 yards, and those two wideouts accounted for more than 40 percent of that action.
Cousins wants to be where he can succeed. Pryor will help, but he's on a one-year deal. If Cousins plans on sticking with the Redskins long-term, he needs to know he has the horses for the offense to produce.
In Crowder and Reed, Cousins knows what he's got. A star tight end and a highly productive slot receiver, both with the team for at least two more years. Still, the Redskins offense needs a playmaker on the outside. Doctson is under team control at least through the 2019 season, and he's on a cheap, team-friendly rookie deal.
If Doctson proves he can be a No. 1 wideout this year, it could go a long way towards Cousins deciding to come back. Pressure is on.
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