The Redskins won't exercise the fifth-year option on Doctson's rookie contract prior to Friday's deadline, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. The additions of Terry McLaurin (third round) and Kelvin Harmon (sixth) in last week's draft likely made this decision even easier, but it's nonetheless unsurprising that the Redskins decided against keeping Doctson around at an expected $10 million price tag in 2020. While the Achilles injury that limited Doctson to two games his rookie year stunted his professional development, Redskins signal-callers barely averaged a 61.6 quarterback rating when targeting him last season. There might still be untapped upside to be found in Doctson if first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins can successfully take the reins of the offense, but it's possible the receiver handles a less prominent role in light of the new additions at his position.
Doctson could face some competition after Washington selected wide receivers Terry McLaurin (third round) and Kelvin Harmon (sixth round) during the 2019 NFL Draft. Of course, Washington lost Jamison Crowder to the Jets earlier this offseason and didn't sign any veteran free agents. Neither rookie profiles as an instant impact player, but it isn't out of the question for one or both to challenge Doctson, who has managed just 1,100 receiving yards in 33 games since coming off the board 22nd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. It's safe to assume Washington won't pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Paul Richardson (shoulder) looks like the only sure starter among the team's wideout group, though Trey Quinn tentatively is expected to fill Crowder's vacated slot role.
Doctson brought in two of four targets for 33 yards in the Redskins' 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Doctson was dealing with an illness this past week, but he bounced back to co-lead the Redskins in receptions and lead the team in receiving yardage. The 26-year-old did manage to establish new career highs in receptions (44) and receiving yardage (532) in 2018, but he's still largely considered a disappointment after being selected No. 22 overall in 2016. Doctson will be playing on the final year of his rookie contract in 2019, and it remains to be seen if he'll stick around to fulfill it.
Doctson (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. Held out of practice Thursday and Friday due to an illness, Doctson has put the ailment behind him as he prepares for his typical workload in the range of 77 to nearly 100 percent of the offensive snaps. The usage hasn't translated to many significant game lines this season, but he is just four yards shy of setting a new career high.
Doctson (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Doctson still has time to recover before Sunday, but it isn't a great sign that he missed practice both Thursday and Friday, per Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post. With fellow wide receiver Maurice Harris (concussion) already ruled out, Michael Floyd may be looking at a three-down role on the outside. It's unclear whether Jehu Chesson or Darvin Kidsy would join Floyd and Jamison Crowder in three-wide formations if Doctson were to miss the game.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||10||20.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||54||27||367||3||19||13.59||54|