Reed Doughty was drafted by Coach Joe Gibbs in 2006 in the 6th Round, and he has been one of the longest tenured players on the roster. There are many reasons why Doughty has stuck with the team, and sometimes his best ability was availability. Doughty was simply someone who was always there when the players higher than him weren't. The Redskins have been searching for a stable starting duo for a long time, especially since the death of Sean Taylor almost 7 years ago. Since then the starters in front of Doughty have been suspended, injured, ineffective, or a happy combination of everything that can go wrong in football. Reed Doughty has also been a staple on special teams, serving as the captain of that unit last season.
Doughty has been pressed into a starting role in at least a few games in every season except for his rookie year in 2006. If this is really his last season with the Redskins, he will finish his career here with 54 starts, 506 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 11 Passes defended, 3 INTs, and 3 FFs. He also, at least in my drunken recollection, played a pretty good game against the Seahawks in the playoffs in 2012. I
distinctly fuzzily remember saying "Reed MotherFing Doughty" at least 4 times. Looking at the stats for that game he had 13 tackles, 2 sacks, and a pass defended so my drunken memory of that game must be true.
Is this really the end of the road for Reed Doughty in DC? Will Death, Taxes, and Reed Doughty be put to rest? Has the mutant finally been killed? Can the Redskins safeties finally hold off Reed Doughty? Who will take Doughty's place as the player who is always available, and the fans wish wasn't on the team?
Last week in the #DMV. Headed to CO when the kids get out of school. Been a good 8 yr run with the @redskins. Want to thank the Redskins organization, especially HOF coach Joe Gibbs. He valued character, hardwork and special teams. He believed in me enough to take a chance on me and draft me.
Thanks to my family, friends, coaches, teammates, fans, trainers, equipment managers, and all the people inside the redskins building who I have interacted with for 8 yrs. thanks to the people at @VSI_spinemd and @thevtfc for getting me healthy after I thought my career was over prematurely. Most of all I am thankful for the relationships I have built over the last 8 yrs.
Thanks to my church @cfcwired and our small group bible study. This group has encouraged me and my family, prayed for us, and have become lifelong friends. God never ceases to amaze me. I pray that my life will be a living testimony of his faithfulness, mercy, grace and love. Whether I continue on my NFL journey or transition into a new career, I am thankful. I have my best friend, my wife Katie Deters Doughty, to share life with and raise our boys together. God Bless!