Two days after cutting Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings made a move to add the other receiver who piqued their interest in the 2016 draft.
According to multiple NFL sources, the Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Redskins receiver Josh Doctson, who went to Washington a pick before the Vikings selected Treadwell in 2016.
At Doctson’s pro day at TCU in 2016, coach Mike Zimmer was on the field running press coverage drills with the wide receiver to see how he’d react in the NFL. It seemed as if Doctson might end up in Minnesota, until the Redskins took him in a three-pick run of receivers that started with Will Fuller to Houston, continued with Doctson to Washington and ended with Treadwell to Minnesota.
An Achilles’ injury short-circuited the receiver’s first year with the Redskins, where he caught two passes for 66 yards. Doctson played one full season with quarterback Kirk Cousins, catching 35 passes for 502 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. He posted 44 catches for 532 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2018.
He’ll get a chance to contribute behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who were the only receivers on the Vikings’ 53-man roster with substantive NFL experience until the team added Doctson. The Vikings kept just four receivers at Saturday’s roster cutdown deadline, making it seem as if they might add another veteran to go with second-year man Chad Beebe and rookie Bisi Johnson.
An experienced foot
Before he signed a new deal with the Browns in 2017, punter Britton Colquitt said he considered coming to the Vikings because of his relationship with Mike Priefer — dating to the 2010 season, when Colquitt was a rookie and Priefer was the special teams coordinator in Denver.
Colquitt decided to stay in Cleveland, and was reunited with Priefer (now the Browns’ special teams coach) this preseason. When the Browns made the decision the Vikings made twice with Priefer in the organization — opting to replace a veteran punter with a younger one — it put Colquitt on the market.
“I think that at this position, experience is really huge, and if you’re trying to go for something beyond just the regular season, I think that having a veteran punter and holder is really important,” Colquitt said Monday. “At least in my experience, when we won the Super Bowl, it’s hard, and I’m not saying it’s easy for me or anything like that, but you need experience. It’s hard enough to be at this level and do a great job for a young guy, let alone you take him to the playoffs, and that just ups it even more. But with kicking being so important and field position being so important, I think having a veteran guy is important. Some places see it that way, and others don’t, and I’m happy and blessed that they see it that way here, and I feel like I can help.”
Colquitt’s father, Craig, punted for the Steelers and older brother Dustin punts for the Chiefs. During a news conference Monday, Colquitt dropped the names of several former Vikings specialists, including sideline reporter (and former Browns, Vikings and Redskins punter) Greg Coleman and Mitch Berger, who he was teammates with in Denver.
“Fuad Reveiz and my dad used to have a kicking camp back in Knoxville. I need to pull a shirt up somewhere — I’ve got one,” Colquitt said. “It’s pretty cool to be here, with all those little ties.”