After brief stint with the Vikings, Josh Doctson lands with a new team

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Josh Doctson
(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Josh Doctson /

After a very underwhelming stint with the Minnesota Vikings, it was announced on Saturday that wide receiver Josh Doctson has signed with the New York Jets.

Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, it was believed by many that the Minnesota Vikings would be a great landing spot for TCU receiver Josh Doctson.

Doctson ended up getting selected by the Washington Redskins in 2016, one pick before it was the Vikings’ turn to make their first choice of the draft. With him off the board, Minnesota decided to select Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell instead.

In 2019, however, the Vikings finally got their chance to add Doctson to their roster. Just prior to the start of last year’s regular season, Minnesota signed the receiver to a one-year deal following his release from the Redskins.

Despite some of the immediate excitement surrounding Doctson’s arrival to the Twin Cities, he ended up making zero impact in 2019. He spent the first few weeks of his tenure with the Vikings on injured reserve and then after eventually making it onto the active roster, he only was on the field for a total of seven snaps.

Minnesota ultimately decided to part ways with Doctson last November and he’s been a free agent ever since.

To say his NFL career hasn’t gone very well would certainly be an understatement. But recently, it was revealed that someone else is going to give Doctson another opportunity this year to see if he can contribute to their offense.

The New York Jets announced on Saturday that they have signed the former Vikings receiver. For Doctson, it could be his final chance to prove he has what it takes to make a difference in the league.

As a former teammate of Kirk Cousins’ in Washington, some had the hope of the two building a connection, once again, for Minnesota. However, injuries and other receivers emerging in his absence eventually resulted in Docton’s season with the Vikings being one to forget.

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At 27-years-old, he still has time to salvage his career in the NFL. But he’s definitely getting close to running out of opportunities in the league.