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Jahan Dotson Set to Play Thursday, Per Commanders

Photo by Penn State: Receiver Jahan Dotson

Penn State great Jahan Dotson is set to play for the Washington Commanders Thursday night, the team announced.

Dotson, along with former Ohio State receiver Curtis Samuel, had been on the team’s injury report earlier in the week, but neither receiver had an injury designation Wednesday.

Now in his second season, Dotson had been marked down for an ankle injury.

Dotson’s appeared in all four of Washington’s games this season. He’s caught 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown was a dramatic one, coming on the last play of regulation against the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday. Unfortunately for Washington, the team ended up falling in overtime, 34-31.

Dotson was Washington’s first-round pick in the 2022 draft, going 16th overall. He caught two touchdown passes– including the game-winner– in his regular-season NFL debut and ended Year 1 with seven touchdowns and 523 yards on 35 catches. 

Dotson had an impressive career at Penn State and finished second in school history in career receptions and fourth in receiving yards. He also has the single-game school record for receiving yards, which he set Nov. 6 at Maryland with 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Before the 2022 NFL draft, Pro Football Focus’ Cris Collinsworth said that he thinks will “catch 100 balls in the league at some point.”

Dotson has been widely praised for his hands but is also known for what he can do after the catch.

“When I get the ball in my hands, it’s exciting,” Dotson said at his NFL Combine press conference. “I’m an explosive player, very fast, I can take the top off the defense. I’m just ready to make the most of this opportunity whenever I land.”

Washington takes on the 0-4 Bears at home on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15. 

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