For Josh Doctson, this wasn't the plan, obviously. By this we mean the Washington Redskins' first round pick dealing with a lingering Achilles injury. By plan we mean the wide receiver watching more than participating during three weeks of Organized Team Activities. The goal, get back as soon as possible. In the meantime, don't panic.
"I'm not going to put that much pressure on myself. I'm just going to let it happen," Doctson told Breaking Burgundy following the final OTA session before next week's three-day minicamp. "I was telling somebody else that I'll look back and laugh at this moment."
For now, the moment has lasted around three weeks. The 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft participated at times in that stretch, but he's yet to play in front of the media other than light work on side fields. While the team talks of taking a cautious route, Doctson said he wasn't sure if he would be able to play if this was a game-day situation.
"It's good. It's a day-to-day thing," Doctson said of the foot woes. "Just have to make sure I take care of it."
He also has to make sure he gets in the necessary mental reps especially since the physical kind isn't happening as desired.
“The biggest thing he can do right now is make sure he stays up with what we are doing mentally from an installation standpoint so that when he does come out there he’s able to hit it full-speed," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. "He’s done a great job in the meeting rooms. You can see he’s a real conscientious guy. He was able to practice a couple days where you see the flashes of why he was such a special player at TCU and we’re looking forward to getting him back on the grass.”
The Redskins had DeSean Jackson back on the field for the first two OTA sessions this week, though the playmaking receiver skipped Wednesday's session. "Finally able to see the speed in the person," Doctson said of Jackson.
All players must attend next week's mandatory mini-camp, meaning all will get another glimpse of Jackson's speed. We'll see about Doctson. The Redskins could decide more rest is required seeing as there are no more practices until training camp starts July 28. Either way, the ideal plan involves looking back at this injury stretch with laughter.
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