Doctson with the Washington Redskins in 2018
|No. 18 – New York Jets|
|Born:||December 3, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Mansfield Legacy|
|NFL Draft:||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2020|
|Player stats at PFR|
Josh Doctson (born December 3, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Christian and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.
Doctson attended Mansfield Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman in both football and basketball. In his first season of football as a junior, he saw action in six games and hauled in 18 passes for 220 yards with a long of 25. As a senior in 2010, he caught 35 passes for 558 yards and 5 touchdowns in nine games, earned first-team All-District 5-5A honors and was voted a team captain, as well as being selected Legacy's Most Valuable Player.
Doctson had 35 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games as a true freshman at Wyoming in 2011. After the season, he transferred to Texas Christian University (TCU). After sitting out 2012 due to NCAA transfer rules, Doctson played in 12 games with six starts in his first year at TCU in 2013. He had 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns that season. As a junior in 2014, Doctson had 65 receptions for school records of 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 2 in
|31 7⁄8 in
|9 7⁄8 in
|4.50 s||1.58 s||2.62 s||4.08 s||6.84 s||41 in
|10 ft 11 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Doctson was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Washington Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft. Doctson sat out the preseason due to an Achilles injury. He made his first career reception in the season opener in a 16–38 loss on Monday Night Football to the Pittsburgh Steelers. During pregame warmups in Week 3 against the New York Giants, Doctson aggravated his Achilles injury keeping him sidelined until October 21, 2016, when he was placed on injured reserve.
In a 2017 game against the Oakland Raiders, Doctson recorded his first career touchdown on a 52-yard reception. He recorded an 11-yard touchdown reception in the win over the San Francisco 49ers. Doctson made an essential diving 38-yard reception against the Seattle Seahawks with less than two minutes and setting up the Redskins at the one yard marker in Seahawks' territory. The following play running back Rob Kelley scored a touchdown winning the game for the Redskins with a final score of 17–14. In the Thanksgiving game over the New York Giants, he scored the final touchdown that gave the Redskins both the lead and win.
In 2018, Doctson played in 15 games with 12 starts, finishing as the Redskins second-leading receiver with 44 catches for 532 yards and two touchdowns. On May 1, 2019, the Redskins declined the fifth-year option on Doctson's contract, making him a free agent in 2020. On August 31, 2019, the Redskins released Doctson.
On September 2, 2019, Doctson signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year deal. He was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2019. He was designated for return from injured reserve on October 30, 2019, and began practicing with the team again. He was activated on November 15, 2019 prior to Week 11. He played seven snaps without making a reception in the Vikings' 27–23 comeback win over the Denver Broncos, but was waived on November 26, 2019.
New York Jets
On February 22, 2020, Doctson signed with the New York Jets. On August 6, 2020, he announced he would opt out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, Doctson was set on traveling to Africa for a humanitarian mission, because he “feels that his calling is to help the underprivileged at this time.”
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