Experts unsure if Josh Doctson loves football

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 08, 2018 - 9:54 am

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Josh Doctson has caught just five passes in three games this season, and could miss Monday night's clash at New Orleans with yet another leg injury. 

Given his lackluster production, injury history and unwillingness to talk to the media, several experts have begun to wonder out loud: does Josh Doctson truly love football?

USA Today writer Mike Jones, who spent several years on the Redskins beat for The Washington Post, raised the question during an appearance on Chad Dukes vs. The World last Friday. 

"Watching him, watching his body language, talking to him, listening to him, he does not sound like a guy who loves football," Jones said. "You never have a question about whether Jordan Reed loves to play football or not. He's a guy who's hurt all the time. Every year, you know you're gonna lose him for three to four games."

"But you can tell it kills him not to be out there, and he's always trying to do what he can to get out there. Josh Doctson ... he's so chill, so nonchalant, you don't see that fire."

Doctson has failed to live up to expectations after the Redskins selected him in the first round in 2016, missing the majority of his rookie season with an Achilles issue and producing mediocre numbers since then.

And as Jones pointed out, Doctson was a selection of ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan, and is not the only one to have his commitment for the game questioned. 

"Talking to people that have played this game and have talked to him, they don't see the fire," Jones told Dukes. "They don't know if he actually loves football or not. Everybody likes Scot McCloughan, but it's unfortunate that his three high picks — Matt Jones, didn't work out. Su'a Cravens, don't know if he really wants to play football."

"And then Josh Doctson here, was gonna be a guy who's a talented weapon, you can't count on him either." 

The Fan's Redskins beat reporter Craig Hoffman raised similar concerns on The Junkies Monday, going as far to say his guarded demeanor could cost him money down the road.

"It's just hard to judge how they feel about him, and how anybody should feel about him, in terms of desire, in terms of his passion for the game," Hoffman said. "I can't definitively tell you he's got it, because he never talks."

"He seems to like football? He shows emotion when he makes plays once every couple of weeks, but it's very, very different than some of these guys who I know just how much this game means to them, because Doctson just never talks to us. He might not care about that, but eventually that stuff matters in terms of getting your second contract." 

As it stands, it seems doubtful that second contract will be coming from the Redskins, especially if they have questions regarding his passion for football.

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