Jets news: Josh Doctson a late opt-out for the 2020 NFL season
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Josh Doctson a late opt-out, bringing Jets’ number to three

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New York Jets wide receiver Josh Doctson has elected to sit out the 2020 NFL season just prior to Thursday afternoon’s deadline, per Albert Breer.

Doctson makes it three Jets players who have chosen to invoke their opt-out rights.

Doctson had been a first-round pick out of TCU in 2016, though he spent three rather mediocre years in Washington. The 27-year-old played in just one game with the Minnesota Vikings last year.

New York is one of a number of teams with multiple players opting out. But the absence of inside linebacker C.J. Mosley could be a massive blow to the Jets defense.

Mosley said earlier this week he was choosing to sit out due to health concerns (via Brian Costello of the New York Post):

“Because of COVID, my family is my support system with my son. I didn’t want to risk that obviously,” Mosley said. “Just looking at the big picture, for me, I want to make sure I’m mentally and physically the best person I can be so I can be that leader I know I can be.”

The Jets still had one of the better defenses in football last season despite Mosley playing just two games. But they certainly could have used the four-time Pro Bowler this season after trading All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks.

If nothing else, the opt-outs emphasize the need for depth ahead of Week 1. Doctson might not have been a starting receiver for the Jets, but he is still an experienced receiver who might have been able to contribute otherwise.