According to the Washington Post, coach Jay Gruden said wide receiver Josh Doctson has “not really” made significant progress in his recovery.
Gruden also said he saw Doctson running in the pool which was “exciting,” and that the Washington Redskins would take it slow with Doctson’s recovery.
Doctson, a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, only appeared in two games this past season because of an Achilles’ issue.
The Washington Redskins were able to string together an eight-win season in 2016 without Doctson.Embed from Getty Images
But there’s more pressure on the 24-year old receiver in 2017…
That’s because DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are free agents. And with tight end Jordan Reed never completing a 16-game season in his career, there will be a lot of pressure on Doctson to step up at the start of the 2017 Fantasy Football season.
Washington was willing to take a chance on Doctson because of his impressive performances at TCU in 2014 and 2015.
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What I like about Doctson this year is he is likely to be ignored in a lot of drafts because of the injury and missed season in 2016.
Now, any good news about Doctson could make his average draft position (ADP) start to climb before the season. But I have a feeling most Fantasy Football players will completely avoid him.
However, there are a few scenarios that have to take place for Doctson to be considered a deal.
The first is Jackson and Garcon have to leave Washington. That removes competition for targets. This may sound surprising, but Garcon had a productive season with in 2016 with a 79-1,041-3 stat line.
Jackson also topped 1,000 yards, posting a 56-1,005-4 stat line.
For Doctson to be considered a deal, I would want his ADP to be after Round 9. I don’t mind taking a chance on him, but I don’t want to pass on solid players and pay too high of a price for the second-year receiver.
And his teammate, Jamison Crowder, is also on my radar. Crowder finished with seven touchdowns in 2016, and he was able to build up his rapport with Kirk Cousins throughout the season.
This could create an interesting pairing strategy, where you draft both of them to hedge your bet.
At worst, both of them will be busts. At best, you could start both of them each week.
And somewhere in the middle, one of them will work out better than the other.
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