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Jahan Dotson: ‘They Don’t Say My Name, And That’s What I Want’

Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson feels he has unfinished business after injury disrupted his rookie year in the NFL.

The 2022 No.16 pick started well with two touchdowns in Week 1 and four in his first four games. However, a hamstring injury caused him to miss five games in the middle of the season.

Jahan Dotson finished strongly upon his return with 21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns in his last five games.

Under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, Jahan Dotson thinks 2023 can be his year.


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“We’re getting our playmakers in space,” he said. 

“That’s the biggest thing. We’re getting the ball in guys’ hands and letting them do what God made them to do.”

However, playing in a good scheme isn’t enough for Dotson. He wants to make his mark, and the fact he hasn’t yet is what drives him.

“Honestly, I think it’s from me watching TV, and honestly, we live in the age of the internet, so you always see these sports analysts talking about this guy is bound for a breakout season, and this guy’s gonna do this, and this guy’s gonna do that,” Dotson said. 

“I’m never mentioned, and I keep that in the back of my head. That’s what I work for. They don’t say my name, and that’s what I want. I take it personal.”


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“That’s why last year, when I felt like they passed up on me in the draft, all those teams, I had to make them feel me,” he said. “I felt like I had to make them respect me. I felt like I wasn’t getting the respect that I needed, I had to make them respect me.

“Honestly, I feel like this is my breakout year,” Dotson said. “It’s what I’ve been working hard for, and I’ve got to make them feel me.”

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