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Josh Doctson looks to take leap after promising 2017

May 30, 2018 GMT

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith didnt mind D.J. Swearingers trash talk. Last week, the safety taunted Paul Richardson after cornerback Quinton Dunbar broke up a pass intended for the wide receiver.

Smith said at this time of year, competition is the only way to get better.

Players will have another chance to compete and, importantly, separate themselves from the crowd atWednesdaysOTAs.

Among the Redskins looking to make an impression in these voluntary workouts is third-year receiver Josh Doctson, who showed flashes last season and is trying to put more distance between himself and his injury-plagued rookie season.

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Doctson missed most of his first year with an Achilles injury but finished with 502 yards for six touchdowns last season.

Last week, it was Richardson who made flashy plays with Smith. But coach Jay Gruden was also pleased with Doctson.

Josh has done great, man, Gruden said. Hes been available for us and hes just getting that work with Alex, but hes done a good job. He looks good. He looks more comfortable as far as his stems and routes and understanding out breaking the huddle, just like that, knowing what to do. Hes really never had a problem with that, but he just looks more comfortable. Hes got a good feel.