Josh Doctson plans to spend opt-out time on humanitarian mission to Africa
Newly-acquired New York Jets wide receiver Josh Doctson won’t be suiting up for his new team in the upcoming season. The former Minnesota Viking was one of the 69 NFL players who opted out of playing in September. He hopes to make good use of his spare time by conducting humanitarian missions in Africa.
The former TCU Horned Frog bared his plans to the New York Daily News:
“We went to the genocide museum and we saw a lot of things I wasn’t really aware of,” Doctson told the Washington Football Team’s website after returning from his visit to Rwanda. “How the genocide started, what happened in the genocide and what’s going on now. [Rwanda] is a very, very safe place. … Infrastructure is amazing, they rebuilt everything, people moving, energy’s high. We loved it. I really don’t know what other trip can top Rwanda right now. I really want to keep going back and back and try to figure out how to give opportunities to these people who are in need.”
Ghana’s international borders remain closed, but Doctson can return to Rwanda during these unusual times for a humanitarian effort.
The veteran wideout was expected to compete for a spot in the Jets’ offensive rotations in the upcoming season. However, he has yet to rack up big numbers thus far, four years after being a first-round selection by the Washington Football Team.
On August 31, 2019, the Redskins released Doctson and went on to sign with the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year deal. He was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2019. He played seven snaps without making a reception in the Vikings’ 27–23 comeback win over the Denver Broncos, but was eventually waived on November 26, 2019.
On February 22, 2020, Doctson found a new home and signed with the New York Jets. Unfortunately, Gang Green won’t be seeing him in action for the upcoming football season.
With the wideout’s absence in 2020, the Jets will look to move on and maximize the players left at the team’s disposal to make way for a bounce-back season.