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NY Jets: Josh Doctson is an intriguing reclamation project

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The NY Jets have officially signed former first-round wide receiver Josh Doctson. The former TCU standout represents an intriguing reclamation project.

The NY Jets are looking for any and all options to upgrade the wide receiver position going into 2020. And their recent signing of Josh Doctson represents just one outside-the-box method the team will be implementing.

Doctson was once a highly-touted receiver coming out of college who excelled in his final two seasons at TCU. The Texas native was voted First-Team All-Big 12 and was named a Consensus All-American following his senior season with the Horned Frogs.

In a fairly deep wide receiver class that featured the likes of Michael Thomas, Sterling Shepard, and Tyler Boyd, Doctson was one of a number of first-round receivers who failed to reach his potential at the NFL level.

The Washington Redskins selected Doctson 22nd overall in the draft directly behind Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller who went 21st overall to the Houston Texans.

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Injuries limited Doctson to just two games in his rookie season but the hope was that the big-bodied receiver would be able to get back on track for his second NFL campaign. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Doctson would start the next two seasons in Washington playing 31 of 32 games but never finishing with more than 45 receptions or 550 receiving yards in a single year.

The Redskins declined his fifth-round option but released him following the 2019 preseason before his rookie deal even expired. He would sign on with the Minnesota Vikings shortly after but once again run into injury trouble.

Just 11 days after being signed, Doctson would find himself on the injured reserve and after making a brief return for seven snaps in the team’s Week 11 victory over the Denver Broncos, he was waived without recording a single reception.

Now, he’ll be given another opportunity with his third NFL franchise after signing on with the Jets.

The Jets are expected to completely overhaul the wide receiver position in the offseason and Doctson could be one of a few players who see increased opportunities next year.

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Of course, the Jets are likely to explore other options in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, but Doctson is a worthwhile reclamation project. The former TCU star is a physically gifted receiver who shined in 50/50 balls while in college.

Injuries have held him back and he hasn’t developed quite the way the Redskins would have hoped, but the raw talent is there for him to be a star at the next level. Just because you don’t live up to your potential, doesn’t mean you can’t still be a quality NFL player.

Case in point, someone like Ted Ginn.

Doctson may never play a game for the Jets, but he is a worthy gamble at a major position of need. The talent is there and the signing will be well worth it if he reaches even a fraction of his potential.

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Hopefully Josh Doctson could revitalize his career in the Big Apple and give the Jets another legitimate building block in the receiving game.

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