Redskins rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson will provide Washington's offense with yet another element in 2016. But before he can get there, he wants to make sure he has a full understanding of the playbook.
While Josh Doctson has all of the physical tools to be an instant threat on an already potent Washington Redskins offense during the 2016 season, the first step he's taken in his transition from TCU to the NFL has been learning the playbook inside and out.
Doctson has been at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., for just one week, but feels he's already gotten a solid foundational understanding of the offensive system.
"It was like this at TCU," Doctson said on Saturday following rookie minicamp practice. "I didn't know the playbook, it was foreign for me and with time I got comfortable and just more relaxed. Just with time I'll be better."
Doctson's talents were on display early at Saturday's rookie minicamp practice.
During the team's 1-on-1 drills, Doctson displayed the leaping ability the team cannot wait to see in action on gamedays this fall.
On one rep in particular – the last one of the session – Doctson went up to grab a ball placed in the back left corner of the end zone. The 6-foot-2, 202 pounder is expected to play a key role in the team's red zone attack.
While the throw was slightly off, it was the kind of play the Redskins wanted to see out of their first-round pick.
It also allowed him to get a better feel of the type of routes he's going to be running.
"Yeah, a lot of the routes are probably deeper, a lot of end-breaking routes, all of it really," Doctson said. "I probably ran one double move in college and we've got a whole arsenal of double moves here, so just a little different in and out of breaks, getting your hips around, things like that."
With the 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected wide receiver Josh Doctson of TCU. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.
The 2015 first-team All-American has been at the team facility since Monday, as he participated in Phase 2 workouts with the veterans to include Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson before this weekend's rookie minicamp.
While Doctson said both Garçon and Jackson are "really quiet," he's been able to watch how both approach the game.
"Just [being a] professional," Doctson said. "That's the biggest thing. A lot of them [are] in and out of their cuts quick [and] they know the offense. You can tell that they know it because they're all comfortable out there."
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden believes Doctson's been everything they expected out of him as a first-round pick so far, too.
"To be a first round pick, you obviously have a great skillset and he's done nothing to disappoint, that's for sure," Gruden said. "You know, he's a smart kid, too, which sometimes you don't know that coming in when you throw a lot at them, how they're going to handle the terminology and all that. And he's done a great job so far. He's got a long way to go, as they all do. But he's been very impressive in everything – his demeanor, his work ethic, his ability to learn and we're happy that he is where he is."
Right now, Doctson said he's only going about 75 to 80 percent as he learns the offense, but once time goes they'll go "up a steady incline and when we get to training camp we'll be full-go."
"I mean it's going to feel great," Doctson said of getting to 100 percent. "Because I'm going to be comfortable back like I was at TCU running around like my senior year. I was literally comfortable with the playbook, I knew everything. So when I get to that point, I'll be really playing football then."