The Washington Redskins come into the 2016 NFL season with a new array of weapons at quarterback Kirk Cousins' disposal. Jordan Reed's breakout campaign last season led to a contract extension for the ex-Florida Gator. Running back Matt Jones looks primed for a second-year leap after a promising rookie season. If he can keep his fumbles to a minimum, Jones could compete for the starting job. They signed former 49ers and Broncos tight end Vernon Davis to a prove-it contract. And perhaps most importantly, they drafted former TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson with the #22 pick in the NFL Draft.
Josh Doctson emerged in 2014 and then enjoyed a breakout 2015 campaign before suffering a wrist injury late in the season. People knew Doctson was a great player, but he flashed his immense potential in a six game stint that featured 59 receptions, 1095 receiving yards, and an absurd 13 touchdowns. His best game came against Texas Tech. when he had 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Now, in his first NFL season, Doctson is looking to pry an outside receiver spot away from Pierre Garcon and any other competitors. So far, it looks like he's doing a pretty good job.
Garçon and Doctson's bout for a starting position should be one to watch. The eight-year veteran has had an impressive career with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Redskins, compiling over 480 receptions and 6,000 yards. Most analysts believe that Garçon will win the job, with Doctson playing the No. 3 receiver position as a rookie. Doctson could still excel in this position, considering his potential as a red zone threat.
Doctson suffered a minor foot injury in OTA's on Tuesday, keeping him out the rest of this week. The X-rays came back negative, but the Redskins are being cautious—there's currently no need to rush the receiver back onto the field. Doctson also tweaked his achilles' last week, but that injury was minor as well. Doctson will be looking to get back onto the field as soon as possible. When healthy, Doctson is already turning veterans' heads with big plays. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins called Doctson "a natural" receiver and "a special player."
Look for the Cousins-Doctson connection to only improve before the season. They could very well be on their way to becoming the next great quarterback-receiver duo.