Cardinals stash former first-round draft pick on practice squad

(Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Josh Doctson
(Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Josh Doctson /

Former first-round pick, wide receiver Josh Doctson, was recently placed on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

Heading into the 2021 season, the Arizona Cardinals have a chance to have one of the best wide receiver rooms in the entire NFL.

The Cardinals already have arguably the league’s best receiver in DeAndre Hopkins, and then they went out and added seven-time Pro Bowler A.J. Green and a dynamic rookie in Rondale Moore during the last few months.

Christian Kirk is no slouch either and there’s still time for Andy Isabella to emerge as a solid piece of Arizona’s offense. Recently, the Cardinals made an under-the-radar signing to their practice squad that could end up helping them later on this season.

Arizona Cardinals giving former first-round pick, Josh Doctson, one more chance

During the 2016 NFL Draft, four wide receivers ended up getting selected in the first round. One of those four first-round receivers was Josh Doctson, who spent his college career at TCU.

The Washington Football Team decided to use the No. 22 pick on the former TCU receiver with the hopes that he could develop into a top-notch pass-catcher for their offense.

Doctson ended up only lasting three seasons in Washington before he was let go by the team in 2019. During his three seasons in the NFC East, he hauled in 81 passes for 1,100 yards (13.6 average) and eight touchdowns.

After getting parting ways with Washington, Doctson spent the 2019 season with the Minnesota Vikings. He joined the New York Jets in 2020 and he remained in the Big Apple until this past May when he was cut.

On Friday, Arizona decided to give the 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver another chance to continue his career in the NFL when they signed him to their practice squad.

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At 28-years-old, Doctson is running out of time to make an impact in the league. If he gets a chance to be on the field this season, will the Cardinals will be the team that’s finally able to utilize the veteran receiver’s skills?