Commanders WR Jahan Dotson gets Pro Bowler comparison
One of the best highlights from Friday night's preseason win over the Cleveland Browns was the touchdown by Jahan Dotson. Something that lent further weight to the claims he could be set for a genuine breakout campaign in Year 2 of his professional career.
Dotson did remarkably well to bring in a pass from Sam Howell before bulldozing his way into the end-zone. But it was what happened before that drew significant praise from ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky.
The former quarterback highlighted Dotson's exceptional route leading up to the score. This centered on selling the defensive back one way before going another with devastating explosiveness, something that Orlovsky compared to five-time Pro Bowler Keenan Allen via USA Today Sports.
"This route by [Jahan] Dotson is pretty special. It’s man coverage in the slot. Look at the burst of speed he gets. Man coverage, push vertical, and this moment where he bursts to sell that defender that he’s going to cross the field. It’s hard to get wide open like that in the NFL. Sick route."- Dan Orlovsky via USA Today Sports
The Washington Commanders will be asking more of Dotson next season. His partnership with Terry McLaurin could be among the league's most dynamic wide receiver duos, although much will depend on Howell's production and whether the offensive line can meet their end of the bargain.
This route was ridiculous and performed with maximum efficiency. If the same trend continues when the regular season arrives, Dotson could enter superstar status.