The Redskins reportedly were frustrated with Kirk Cousins at times last season, believing he should've been taking more chances throwing toward Doctson in tight coverage. The 2016 first-round pick didn't exactly make a strong case for himself with only 35 catches on 78 targets (44.9 percent), though he did score six times while producing 14.3 yards per reception in a full 16-game season. Gruden expects Doctson to take another step forward in Year 3 with Alex Smith now serving as his starting quarterback. Doctson's 6-foot-2 frame and 42-inch vertical jump should make him a nice fit alongside Jamison Crowder (5-foot-9, 177 pounds) and offseason acquisition Paul Richardson (6-foot, 183 pounds) in the three-wide formations that comprise most of Gruden's offense. Doctson is healthy at the moment, hoping to stay that way throughout the offseason program and spring/summer practices for the first time in his NFL career.
Doctson, who hauled in four of his 10 targets for 37 yards in Week 17's loss to the Giants, ended the season with 35 receptions for 502 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.
Perhaps the best stat for the second-year pro was the fact that he played in every single contest this season after only playing in two games his rookie year due to a torn Achilles. Although he wasn't as involved to start the year, Doctson emerged as a solid No. 2 option on the depth chart for the Redskins after Terrelle Pryor failed to live up to expectations. The 6-2 wideout provided the Redskins with a big target in the red zone, as his six touchdown receptions led the team.
Doctson caught two of 13 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-11 victory over the Broncos.
Doctson received the most targets in any game of his young career, but the talented Denver cornerbacks held him at bay for much of the afternoon. He was able to break loose for a 48-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, however, which allowed him to finish with a useful fantasy contribution for those brave enough to play him. Doctson has topped 59 receiving yards once this year, but he's reached the end zone six times and has displayed his big-play ability on several occasions. He'll look to finish his second NFL campaign strong next week against a lousy Giants defensive unit.
Docston caught two of four passes for 18 yards in Sunday's 20-15 win over the Cardinals.
Doctson was almost nonexistent all afternoon Sunday, as his biggest play was a 14-yard loss on a failed end-around late in the third quarter. The second-year wideout will look to bounce back Sunday against a stingy Broncos passing defense.
Doctson brought in three of six targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Chargers.
The second-year wideout drew even with Jamison Crowder in both receptions and receiving yards on an afternoon when Kirk Cousins threw for a season-low 151 yards. Doctson has no more than three receptions in any of the past three games, and he's tallied no more than four in any contest this season. While he undeniably has big-play potential, it remains largely untapped in an offense that's struggled to gain any measure of consistency lately. Doctson will look to bolster his production against the Cardinals in Week 15.