By adding Josh Doctson in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have one of the deepest receiving crews in the league, and are hoping that the former TCU star can become a #1 type receiver for them in the near future.
Right now, it’s going to be difficult for Doctson to get touches, or for Kirk Cousins to look his way. He’s competing with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed for targets. Garcon had 72 receptions for 777 yards last season, scoring 6 touchdowns. Jackson, missing 6 games, caught 30 passes for 528 yards and 4 touchdowns. Reed had a breakout year with 11 touchdowns and 952 yards, while Crowder had a good rookie year, with 59 receptions and 604 yards, scoring two touchdowns.
But there’s a good chance there will be plenty of changes on the Redskins after this season. Garcon and Jackson become free agents. They have a combined cap hit of $19 million this season. Not too bad, but if Doctson and Crowder show they’re capable of pulling down some big numbers, the Redskins might choose to stick with the younger generation, while Jackson and Garcon, both approaching their 30th birthday, could be deemed too expensive.
Doctson does have his height working for him. At 6’2, he’s the tallest receiver on the roster, and could become “competition” for Reed in the endzone. Doctson had a strong finish to his career at TCU with two consecutive seasons of over 1000 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns combined. He was a consensus All-American pick in 2015, the first All-American wide receiver on TCH since Stanley Washington in 1981.