After taking time to rehabilitate an Achilles injury, wide receiver Josh Doctson looks more than ready to be a playmaker for Washington's passing attack.
Under sunny skies and the watchful eye of Redskins Nation, Josh Doctson on Thursday made his NFL training camp debut on Day 1 of training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
Though Doctson enters his second season with the team, the wide receiver missed training camp and all but two games last year due to an Achilles injury. After careful treatment and thorough rehabilitation, the Redskins' 2016 first-round draft pick returns looking to make an impact this season.
"Josh looks very good, knock on wood. He's doing a good job," head coach Jay Gruden said on Wednesday. "It's one day of conditioning, but throughout the OTA practices and the mandatory minicamp, he was running around good and had no issues so hopefully it's all gone by now and we won't have any issues, but we'll see how it goes."
Gruden looks forward to finally adding the 6-foot-2 wide receiver into the rotation, which is currently composed of nine players that stand six-foot or taller including 6-foot-4 Terrelle Pryor Sr.
Excited to rejoin his team on the field, Doctson shares the head coach's enthusiasm for his return.
"It's exciting, man," Doctson said of playing again. "I've never been hurt that long so it was a little different for myself, but knowing that I'm fully going and not feeling anything is going to be like one of those TCU years."
In Thursday's practice, Doctson looked sharp. Whether it was 1-on-1 drills or his ability to stretch the field opposite Pryor and Jamison Crowder for the first-team offense, Doctson showcased the same talent that made him worthy of a first round selection.
During Doctson's tenure with the Horned Frogs, he accumulated a school-record 2,785 receiving yards and 29 touchdown catches, becoming just the second player in TCU history to log at least 20 touchdown receptions in a career. He also ranks second in total receptions (180).
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While injured and unable to participate in physical work in Washington during his debut campaign, Doctson immersed himself in meetings, took notes on film and ran mental reps to be productive throughout his recovery and acclimation to the league.
"I've always taken that into account that I have to be on the tip top of everything," he said, "so really just learning what an NFL season entails was the biggest thing last year."
Doctson also studied the skill of former Redskins wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson and observed conduct of all of the Redskins veterans.
"Route running, the ability to break down, the ability to know when to go 100 percent, 70 percent of your routes, and which routes to do it in… I learned that from them," he said of Garçon and Jackson. "And then just watching everybody in the locker room, how to be a pro, and how long the season is, and what you have to do to make sure you maintain [yourself]."
Though Garçon and Jackson have left Washington with high expectations for its wide receivers, Doctson is not intimidated entering the 2017 season.
"[There's] never pressure," he assured. "I'm just going to come in and be Josh Doctson and just do what I do best– catch the football."