Josh Doctson a late opt-out, bringing Jets’ number to three
Doctson makes it three Jets players who have chosen to invoke their opt-out rights.
Today’s COVID-19 list. Six Dolphins go on. Jets WR Josh Doctson opts out. pic.twitter.com/LZ5HzLQiQT
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 6, 2020
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.