As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.
Today, we'll focus on rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson.
1. He's the tallest receiver on the team:
Start with what's noticeable.
Already possessing a lot of speed and agility on the team, Doctson finally gives the Redskins a big target to complement Desean Jackson and Rob Kelley. Doctson stands taller than any other receiver on the team at 6-foot-2, which makes him seem giant considering no other player on the receiving corps is taller than 6-foot. Which is to say that Doctson's height adds an extra dimension to the Redskins' already potent offense.
Check out images of wide receiver Josh Doctson during his first few months with the Washington Redskins.
2. He was a walk-on at TCU:**
Before being a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, Doctson literally had to "start from the bottom."
When he arrived at TCU he had to try out for the team as a walk-on. Through hard work and dedication, he was able to not only get a scholarship, but become an All-American and is now playing in the NFL. As Drake might describe it, he started from the bottom and now he's here.
"It was a long journey for myself, a humbling journey, and fighting for a scholarship not knowing if I'd get that scholarship, and then getting a scholarship and trying to get on the field somehow," Doctson said. "My senior year, trying to figure out how to beat double coverage. It was a crazy experience from the ground up…We're at the bottom of the totem pole now and starting over. So I'm looking forward to it."
3. Even while he's been injured, Doctson isn't wasting any time:
Doctson had an offseason full of nagging injuries from his strained Achilles to his dead tooth, which needed to get pulled. However, he's still been able to keep pace with the rest of the team by staying mentally focused.
As a rookie still learning the playbook, the mental reps will only make Doctson a better player.
"[Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard] and [head coach Jay Gruden], everybody is telling me that this game is 85 percent mental, so I'm just getting back making sure I'm getting all the mental reps, hearing all the calls in the huddle and seeing myself do it in my head," Doctson said. "I'll be alright. In the film room I watch Garçon and Jackson all the time. [Ryan] Grant all [the] guys, [Jamison] Crowder, they're running really good routes teaching me just by watching it how to get in and out of my breaks and what that actually means. So seeing it is definitely better than just hearing it."
4. He expects to be injury free and full-go for training camp:
Throughout the offseason Doctson nagging injuries (see: No. 3) haven't allowed him to compete on the field with his teammates. But he and the trainers aren't too worried about it affecting his 2016 season. Staying off the Achilles for OTAs and the break before training camp should be more than enough time for him to return at 100 percent.
"Yeah it's just my achilles, just wear over the long past year, I've been going since last June, so really just over time, it's just overuse, I'm just trying to get that right," he said. "I just kinda got nicked here at minicamp but I mean it wasn't nothing too bad, it just lingered for a while, and I tried to play on it and I should have got off it, but we're taking care of it right now."
5. He is TCU's all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns:**
While it didn't start easy, Doctson certainly stamped his name as one of the all-time greats at TCU.
He has the most receiving yards (2,785) and receiving touchdowns (29) in school history. His 180 receptions also rank second in TCU history.
6. Head coach Jay Gruden loves everything he's seen from Doctson:
Whether it has been his attitude, demeanor, play or focus, Gruden has been impressed with how Doctson has taken advantage of all opportunities given to him and made the most of his situation.
"To be a first-round pick, you obviously have a great skill set 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."
7. He attributes his leaping ability to playing basketball in high school:
Doctson is known for his tremendous leaping ability, to which he says he developed from playing basketball in high school. It certainly paid dividends in his ability to catch a football at its highest point.
During the combine his vertical leap was measured at 41.0 inches while his broad jump was an astounding 131.0 inches.
"I probably would have to go tribute to my basketball background back in high school just leaping, dunking, and alley-ops and practicing [my leaping ability]," Doctson said. "[TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin] trusted me and all the quarterbacks trusted me throwing it up in practice and just repetition and it became an attribute for myself that I was really able to make show up on Saturdays."