Former first-round pick Josh Doctson was released by the New York Jets on Friday.
The wide receiver, who opted out of the 2020 season, didn't see a snap of football with Gang Green. Doctson was among seven players the Jets cut Friday, along with cornerback Kyron Brown, tight end Connor Davis, offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi, kicker Chase McLaughlin, wide receiver Jaleel Scott and defensive back Saquan Hampton.
The No. 22 overall pick in 2016 by the Washington Football Team, Doctson continues to bounce around the NFL. He spent three seasons in Washington, compiling 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 81 catches. He signed in Minnesota in 2019, but after returning from injured reserve, he played just seven snaps in one game without a target before being released. The Jets signed the wideout last February.
Along with making cuts, New York announced it signed four draft picks and signed 12 undrafted free agents. The Jets came to terms with 2021 draft selections Jamien Sherwood (linebacker; fifth round), Jason Pinnock (cornerback; fifth round), Jonathan Marshall (defensive tackle; sixth round) and Brandin Echols (cornerback; sixth round).
In other Jets news, star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams underwent successful surgery Thursday with Dr. Robert Anderson to repair a broken bone in his foot, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the situation.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh confirmed Williams' surgery went well and added the team is expecting him to be back by training camp.
Word surfaced earlier this week that Williams broke his foot working out. The average recovery period is 10-12 weeks, but, as aforementioned, the Jets expect the DT to be ready for camp.
The team also announced it has signed rookie running back Michael Carter II (fifth round) and rookie linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen (sixth round).
Here's other news Around The NFL is monitoring on Friday:
- The Denver Broncos officially placed right tackle Ja'Wuan James on the non-football injury list, per the transaction wire.
- The Carolina Panthers have requested permission to interview Chicago assistant director of pro scouting Jeff King for their assistant general manager job, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The former Carolina tight end is the fourth known candidate, following Dan Morgan, Ian Cunningham and Jimmy Raye, Rapoport added.
- The Detroit Lions announced the signing of offensive lineman Frank Ragnow to a contract extension. Ragnow became the highest-paid center in the NFL and was extended through the 2026 season.
- The Miami Dolphins officially announced the signing of defensive back Jason McCourty, who signed a one-year deal.
- The Steelers signed former Jets safety Arthur Maulet to a one-year deal. Pittsburgh also released defensive back Trevor Williams.
- The Houston Texans signed free-agent linebacker Neville Hewitt, per the wire. Hewitt played the last three seasons with the Jets and was a starter the majority of the time, starting all 16 games and compiling 134 tackles in the 2020 campaign.
- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive back Will Sunderland.
- The Tennessee Titans released defensive back Kareem Orr.
- The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Shane Zylstra, a 2020 undrafted free agent.
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