Report: Vikings sign former Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson
The Minnesota Vikings are trying to strengthen their wide receiving corps before they take the field in Week 1. According to Adam Schefter, Minnesota has signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson.
Former Washington first-round pick Josh Doctson reached agreement with the Minnesota Vikings, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2019
Entering training camp, Doctson was expected to become the Redskins’ go-to target in the passing offense. The Redskins selected Doctson with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft but he hasn’t produced enough to make him worth his first-round selection.
In his first three seasons in the NFL, the TCU product has combined for 81 receptions, 1,100 yards, and eight touchdowns. The fourth-year receivers best season came in 2018 where he had 44 catches for 532 yards and two touchdowns.
Nonetheless, Washington no longer viewed Doctson as a reliable option at wide receiver and released him as part of their roster moves to get to 53 players. After clearing waivers, the 26-year-old pass-catcher decided to begin anew with the Vikings in 2019.
Unlike Washington, Minnesota is loaded at the receiver position with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs leading the way. However, Doctson does have some chemistry with current Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins.
Cousins played with Doctson in Washington from 2016-2017 and they connected with each other for six touchdowns over that span. With that being said, Doctson will still need to adjust to his new offense this season.
With the Redskins, Doctson struggled to get acclimated to the NFL after thriving in college. Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs to kickstart his career in the right direction.
If the 6-foot-2 wide receiver can put it all together with the Vikings, Minnesota’s offense just got a lot more dangerous.