Jahan Dotson dominated man coverage as a rookie
Remember when some criticized the Washington Commanders for trading back five spots in the first round and selecting Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson No. 16 overall in the 2022 NFL draft?
Dotson’s numbers didn’t blow anyone away, but he led the Commanders with seven touchdown receptions despite missing five games with a hamstring injury. Dotson showed he belonged in Week 1 with two touchdown receptions in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dotson showed immediately that he wasn’t easy to cover, particularly in man coverage. According to Pro Football Focus, Dotson led an impressive class of rookie wide receivers with five touchdowns vs. man coverage.
Jahan Dotson: 5 REC TDs against man coverage last season
Led all rookie WRs🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZnxNsqPBdg
— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 22, 2023
You can check out some of Dotson’s impressive work here.
some of our fav @JahanDotson catches of the year 🔥 pic.twitter.com/6MCgcIPD0X
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) February 14, 2023
The Commanders had quarterback issues in 2022, yet Dotson shined in every opportunity he received. His touchdown against the Giants was arguably Washington’s best offensive play of the season.
Washington’s offense missed Dotson while he was out. Despite not being a big target, Dotson is an outstanding red-zone receiver because of his route-running, feet and ability to win at the line of scrimmage. Those traits bode well for Dotson’s future.