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5 Things to Know about New Vikings WR Josh Doctson


EAGAN, Minn. – Minnesota's 53-man roster didn't stand at four wide receivers for long.

The Vikings announced on Tuesday that they signed Josh Doctson, who will join Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Chad Beebe and rookie Bisi Johnson.

Doctson spent the first three seasons of his NFL career in Washington. In 2018, he started 12 of 15 games played and totaled 44 catches for 532 yards and two touchdowns.

He was released by the Redskins on Saturday.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest receiver.

1. Reuniting with Cousins

Doctson is reuniting with quarterback Kirk Cousins in Minnesota. The duo played together in Washington in 2016 and 2017.

After playing just two games as a rookie in 2016, Doctson was active for all 16 contests in 2017. He recorded 35 catches for 502 yards and caught a career-high six touchdowns from Cousins.

He becomes the second receiver to play with Cousins in both Washington and Minnesota, after Aldrick Robinson spent the 2018 season with the Vikings.

2. Former 1st-round pick

Doctson was selected 22nd overall by the Redskins in 2016, coming off the board just before the Vikings tabbed Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd spot.

Doctson was the third receiver picked that year, behind Corey Coleman (15) and Will Fuller (21).

He is one of seven first-round picks on the Vikings current roster, joining defensive players Harrison Smith (29th in 2012), Xavier Rhodes (25th in 2013), Anthony Barr (9th in 2014), Trae Waynes (11th in 2015) and Mike Hughes (30th in 2018), as well as center Garrett Bradbury, whom Minnesota tabbed with the 18th overall pick this spring.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.

3. Receiver who can reach

Doctson impressed with his vertical jump at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, tying with Sterling Shepard to top the position group with a leap of 41 inches.

He also was a top performer in the broad jump, coming in second among receivers with a distance of 10 feet, 11 inches.

Doctson ranked third in the 20-yard shuttle (4.08 seconds) and ninth in the 3-cone shuttle drill (6.84 seconds).

He clocked in at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which placed him 11th among receivers.

4. Collegiate standout

Doctson started his collegiate career at Wyoming in 2011, where he totaled 35 catches for 393 yards and a touchdown.

He then transferred to TCU, where he sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA regulations. In 2013, he recorded 36 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.

Over his final two seasons for the Horned Frogs, Doctson racked up 144 catches for 2,345 yards and 25 touchdowns.

5. From the Lone Star to the North Star

Doctson grew up in Mansfield, Texas, and was a three-year letterman in football and basketball.

He joins three other active-roster Vikings from Texas hometowns: CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer), LS Austin Cutting (Keller) and DE Danielle Hunter (Katy).

CB Holton Hill (suspended), TE David Morgan (injured reserve) and DE Tashawn Bower (non-football injury) also hail from Texas, as do three practice squad members (T Aviante Collins, WR Davion Davis, K Chase McLaughlin).

Mansfield is just a 30-mile drive from Boyd's hometown of Gilmer.