Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has been optimistic when it comes to the guy his team took first in this years NFL draft.
In fact, Gruden believes Josh Doctson will be back from his injury (sore Achilles tendon) and ready to play week 1, if not preseason week 4. When asked if Doctson would start the season on the PUP list (physically unable to perform) Gruden's response was direct,
#Redskins head coach Jay Gruden expects WR Josh Doctson to be ready by Week 1 vs. Steelers.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 23, 2016
“I think he’s in good shape right now mentally,"
"Now, the difficult thing is getting that rapport with the quarterback – you know, the timing and the routes and the definition and the depths and all of that where you have to actually run them with your footwork. That’s the one thing that we have to work through, so how much he plays early in the season, I don’t know yet but I do know that the little bit we did see of him in the OTA's and rookie minicamp, I think that he’s got the ability to do whatever we ask him to do. Obviously, we wouldn’t take him in the first round if he didn’t have the skill-set that we could find something for him to do somewhere on the field.”
The role that may be available for Doctson, if he's ready, is still unknown as the Redskins are deeper at receiver than any other position on the roster. In all likelihood, Doctson would be somewhere in the number 5-6 receiver area right now with Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross being his main competition. Ross has had an up and down preseason thus far.
Below is a video of Josh Doctson from his time at TCU. The kid's got some serious skills.