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Rookie Jahan Dotson already has earned trust in Washington

By Ralph Vacchiano
FOX Sports NFC East Writer

The Jacksonville Jaguars sent seven men at Carson Wentz on the critical play of the game Sunday, yet still nobody was really open. 

The Washington Commanders quarterback had to get rid of the ball, so Wentz flung it toward the end zone, trusting his well-covered receiver would somehow make a play.

Trust like that usually takes time. It’s earned by a player’s performance. It’s not usually a spot where a veteran quarterback turns to a rookie, like Wentz turned to Commanders receiver Jahan Dotson, playing in his first NFL game.

“The moment obviously wasn’t too big for him,” Wentz said, days after Dotson’s 24-yard touchdown catch made the difference in Washington’s 28-22 opening-day win over the Jaguars. “That didn’t surprise me. But that is rare for guys in his shoes who are rookies coming in like that.”

The Commanders have been sure they found a “rare” one ever since they drafted the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Dotson with the 16th overall pick in the draft back in April. His performance on Sunday was just his coming-out party to the rest of the NFL. It was hardly overwhelming. He had just three catches for 40 yards. But two of them were touchdowns.

And one was the play of the game.

“It was a huge way to start the year”

Carson Wentz spoke with Jen Hale after throwing four touchdowns in his Washington Commanders debut, a 28-22 victory over Jacksonville.

It came on a third-and-8, with the Commanders down by 2, already in field-goal range but with nearly two minutes still on the clock. “Riverboat” Ron Rivera let his quarterback turn it loose, even under heavy pressure. Dotson, going down the left side had a step on Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell, but Wentz’s pass was underthrown, and Dotson had to hold up. Campbell bumped him. He was right on top of Dotson in the end zone as the ball dropped out of the sky.

Yet Dotson somehow kept his cool, reached out, and made an outstanding and difficult catch.

“I don’t think it was…


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