Redskins WR Josh Doctson Dealing With Achilles, Attention

Washington's first round pick received more work in last week's loss. With it comes more attention on his growth, health.

ASHBURN -- There was a time, like three weeks ago, where arguably the top question involving a player on the Washington Redskins centered on the Achilles injury for first round pick Josh Doctson. At 0-2, with hyper-focused talk now on the quarterback's performance, the role for the cornerbacks and the overall plan, basic injury and rookie progression updates define simpler times.

That's no disrespect to Doctson, who returned to practice a few days before the opening week loss to Pittsburgh. The lengthy target received his most extensive work to date in Sunday's 27-23 loss to Dallas, including a 57-yard catch and a few incomplete fade routes. Breaking Burgundy caught up with Doctson following Thursday's practice.

On the extra attention that comes with those misfires around the end zone.

On his improvement and physical status. Doctson was a limited participant Thursday. Sounds like he's dealing with a little more than just his foot.

Doctson's first NFL road games is set for Sunday at MetLife Stadium as Washington visits the New York Giants.

"Mentally he’s in a good spot, I think," coach Jay Gruden said of Doctson following Friday's practice. "He’s still been hampered a little bit by these Achilles deals. The reps that he’s getting are few and far between, but when he does get them, he knows what to do. That’s a good thing for a first-year guy. [He’s] very intelligent, just these nagging things have been a problem. Hopefully they’ll stop nagging him and he’ll be able to play more.”

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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