WASHINGTON — On Saturday, the Washington Redskins made the highly-anticipated move of activating wide receiver Josh Doctson off the physically unable to perform list.
It was the first step back for the team’s first-round draft pick, after suffering a left Achilles’ injury during offseason workouts on May 25.
On Sunday, Doctson gave Redskins fans a first look at his route running and pass catching ability, lining up with third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld on the practice fields. After making the catch, Doctson posted the video to his Instagram account (@jdsunn_):
This has been a long time coming for the rookie who missed the team’s entire training camp in Richmond, as well as the four preseason games. Various reports have suggested that the coaching staff is optimistic he could be ready to play as early as the season opener against Pittsburgh this week.
If he is available and active, even in a limited capacity, he gives the Redskins perhaps the best and most versatile receiving corps in the NFL.
When head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media on Tuesday, he hinted at Doctson’s imminent return.
“He’s a very smooth route-runner. He’s coming in and out of breaks, snatching everything,” Gruden said. “So he’s very, very close. We can start practicing him very soon.”