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Josh Doctson Hopes Deep Threat Capability Continues In NFL


After a season in which he was a Associated Press first-team All-American, Josh Doctson is firm in his belief he'll be a nuisance to NFL defenses deep down the field.

Coming out of Mansfield, Texas, wide receiver Josh Doctson was a seldom recruited talent.

Docston – a three-star Rivals recruit – would eventually settle on the University of Wyoming, where he was a worthy contributor during the 2011 season, totaling 35 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

But Doctson would not stay in Wyoming, taking a chance on himself by walking on to TCU's roster.

After sitting out the 2012 season, Doctson starred for the Horned Frogs over the next three seasons, finishing with a school record 2,785 yards and 29 touchdowns along with 180 receptions, the second most by any TCU player.

"I kind of reminisce every day," Doctson said of his journey at the NFL Combine. "When I think about the Combine…I'm not supposed to be standing here on this stage. I'm blessed with the opportunity. I have got to take full advantage of the opportunity. Like you said not being recruited out of high school, I don't have any grudges, but anybody would love to be in my shoes right now. I am just fortunate I am standing right here, so I am taking all of it as blessings."

Doctson caught fire during his senior season in 2015, as he set career highs across the board in receiving, as he hauled in 79 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 202 pounder had a career day on Sept. 26 against Texas Tech, as he hauled in 18 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

During a six-game streak from Sept. 19 against SMU until Oct. 29 against West Virginia, Doctson got on one of the most impressive rolls in recent memory for a college wide receiver, as he recorded 60 receptions for 1,096 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Check out images of wide receiver Josh Doctson during his collegiate career at TCU.

But he suffered a season-ending broken arm on Nov. 7 against Oklahoma State.

He would have surgery just before the NFL Combine, but is already back to tip-top health.

"I was in a long-arm cast for about six weeks," Doctson said. "I had two pins to stabilize the arm and bone, and got it removed."

One of Doctson's specialties as a wide receiver is his ability to haul in acrobatic catches out of mid-air, a quality he says is rooted in a basketball background.

"What helped me the most I think was playing basketball out of high school," Doctson said. "Alley-oops helped me with timing of jumping, and catching the ball. And then finding the rim definitely took a lot of hand-eye coordination. That helped correlate over very well for me. Timing in football..knowing when to time my jump to where I could get the best catch…naturally my body knows when to jump."

Doctson admits he'll have to sharpen some of his route-running in the NFL after playing in an air raid offense over the last three years.

But that won't be an issue once the regular season rolls around.

"I am guy that is a consistent deep threat that will make the big catch and the big play when we need it," Doctson said.




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