On Saturday, the Washington Redskins released 22 players as the team trimmed down its roster to get to the NFL mandated 53-man roster. In addition to the cuts, the Redskins also activated rookie receiver Josh Doctson from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The Redskins used their top pick of the 2016 NFL Draft on Doctson with the hope that he would produce immediately on a team already full of offensive weapons.
Doctson hasn't practiced fully in weeks, and didn't play any of Washington's four preseason games while nursing a sore Achilles. He hinted on Twitter last week that he was ready, and that it was "go time."
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said a few days later that Doctson was almost ready, but not quite there.
"He’s close. He’s getting a little antsy. I threw to him again today and he looks better. I don’t think he’s got his full full-speed burst yet but he’s very, very close," Gruden said. "He’s a very smooth route-runner. He’s coming in and out of his breaks, snatching everything. So, he’s very, very close. I think we can start him practicing very soon.”
The Redskins are one of the deepest teams in the league at receiver, so the battle to move up the depth chart will not be an easy one for Doctson. He'll start the year off sixth on a list of very good receivers.
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