Jahan Dotson misses practice to attend Penn State graduation, with Ron Rivera’s blessing


The Commanders held their rookie minicamp over the weekend, with one notable absence. First-round pick Jahan Dotson had planned to practice Saturday at the Commanders’ training facility in Ashburn, but coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t hear of it, instead encouraging the wide receiver to attend his Penn State graduation. So that’s exactly what he did.

Dotson returned to University Park for Saturday’s commencement ceremony, receiving his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. Dotson caught 25 touchdowns as a Nittany Lion, trailing only Bobby Engram for the most in school history. The Nazareth native also finished second in career catches (183) and fourth in yards (2,757) ahead of Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki, among other program standouts.

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Dotson was chosen 16th overall in April’s draft, joining Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jameson Williams and Treylon Burks as one of six receivers selected in the first round. An all-conference selection his final two seasons in Happy Valley, Dotson should be an immediate difference-maker in Washington, bolstering a receiving corps led by Ohio State alums Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.

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