Is Jahan Dotson in line for a decent workload in Washington?


Yahoo Fantasy analyst Liz Loza is joined by NFL Draft analyst Eric Edholm to look at the former Penn State receiever’s potential with the Commanders.

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LIZ LOZA: All right, let’s move on to one of my favorite wide receivers. Jahan Dotson goes to Washington. He’s not getting much talk in fantasy circles. I think everyone’s so out on Carson Wentz that it’s– and I get it. And so there’s not much excitement around Dotson. Also, when you’ve got London going to a better landing spot, and even Garrett Wilson, Olave.

ERIC EDHOLM: Yeah.

LIZ LOZA: Dotson is probably the one with the least fantasy juice, if you will, of those top guys. But if you look at the numbers from Washington last year, so Terry McLaurin– and obviously the quarterback situation was and continues to be an obstacle here.

ERIC EDHOLM: Right.

LIZ LOZA: But Terry McLaurin last year caught 77 of 131. That is–

ERIC EDHOLM: Oof.

LIZ LOZA: That is not efficient.

ERIC EDHOLM: Yeah.

LIZ LOZA: But behind him, the top pass catcher behind Terry McLaurin, was Rickey Seals-Jones with 48, then JD McKissic with 43, Antonio Gibson with 42, Adam Humphries with 41. The second wide receiver on the team was Adam Humphries–

ERIC EDHOLM: Yeah.

LIZ LOZA: –after the tight end, who was marred with injury for a bulk of the year. JD McKissic and Antonio Gibson, the two running backs, also dealt with injury issues. And then Humphries, the slot guy. Remember when Adam Humphries had that slot market and cashed in on his way to the Titans?

ERIC EDHOLM: Oh yeah.

LIZ LOZA: That’s a moment in history. My God. Anyway, 41 grabs. So Jahan Dotson, over-under 50 catches.

ERIC EDHOLM: You know, when I first saw the rundown and saw that number, I thought, oh, it’s a big– it’s a healthy number right there. But the way you just kind of laid everything out, there should be a clear path. And if there is hope for the Wentz dilemma here, it’s that I think Dotson’s strengths play to Wentz’s weaknesses.

LIZ LOZA: Yes.

ERIC EDHOLM: He worked with Sean Clifford, a very inaccurate quarterback the last couple of years at Penn State. Still managed to– every single season, his production got better and better. His drop rate went down to the point where he was one of the more sure-handed guys, and he could adjust to balls behind him. He had a– for a smaller guy, he offered you a little bit of a catch radius. And I saw a couple where he would catch it behind him and not lose momentum, keep the YAC possibilities going.

And plus, it’s just natural ability to separate, whether it’s downfield or underneath. I mean, he’s really a three-level threat. So, yeah, I’m down on it like you are. But at the same time, I thought, isn’t this exactly what Wentz needs? Kind of a sure-handed guy who gets open and makes plays. And it can maybe do a lot for his confidence if they give him some short stuff and then also some one-read deep shots where he’s the guy or you throw it away or you check down. You know what I mean?

So I can see it maybe going over 50. I don’t know. Where are you at on this number?

LIZ LOZA: I’m going to take the over. I think the wrinkle for me remains Curtis Samuel and his health.

ERIC EDHOLM: Good point. Great point.

LIZ LOZA: Where on the depth chart are we imagining– has he fallen out of favor? It’s hard to imagine, given the coaching staff and the relationship that he had with Rivera and the Panthers connection, et cetera. How healthy is he? Also, what’s the plan for him? Is Curtis Samuel no– are we no longer expecting him to be a wide receiver two and he’s just now a gadget guy?

ERIC EDHOLM: Right.

LIZ LOZA: So I think, assuming Curtis Samuel is not the second most important pass catcher on this team from the coaching’s point of view, the coaching staff’s point of view, then I would say that Dotson has every opportunity to go over 50 catches. I also love the point you’re making about Carson Wentz and these two being a marriage of skill sets. In fact, when Dotson was selected, I tweeted if you’re worried about an inaccurate passer, get yourself a mistake-free player like Dotson.

ERIC EDHOLM: Yeah, that’s a great point. That really is. Because he– it’s amazing to me that he caught, what did he have, 90 catches last year or whatever it was? And to do so in an offense that was pretty run-heavy and kind of a little bit of play-action and some option mixed in.

I mean, it was sort of a spread-type of offense that they ran there, and it really predicated on Clifford kind of making plays by creating and moving around the pocket, buying time. And so it’s a little bit of a funky offense to project in the NFL. But I think if you’re looking for that same kind of parallel of a quarterback who isn’t always on the money, and he still found ways to catch the ball, you just watch last year’s tape from Penn State.



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