Why not Do it Again....WRs.. Who stays - Who goes?
Some of you understand the title of this thread the rest of you will figure it out.
[b:1a380c3f6b]For Redskins, plenty of competition at wide receiver[/b:1a380c3f6b] [url=http://www.csnwashington.com/football-washington-redskins/redskins-talk/For-Redskins-plenty-of-competition-at-wi?blockID=675426&feedID=6355]by Rich Tandler[/url]
[quote:1a380c3f6b]Although there is plenty of time for more additions and subtractions can be made from the Redskins receiver corps, the pause button seems to have been hit for the time being, so letís take a look at who stands where.
The one sure starter right now is [b:1a380c3f6b][color=orange:1a380c3f6b]Pierre GarÁon[/color:1a380c3f6b][/b:1a380c3f6b]. By virtue of his $8 million per year contract, he will be given every opportunity to establish himself as the top receiver on the team, if not a true No. 1 receiver.
It also seems [b:1a380c3f6b][color=orange:1a380c3f6b]Jabar Gaffney[/color:1a380c3f6b][/b:1a380c3f6b], last yearís leading receiver, will keep his starting job. Although at age 31 his presence would run counter to the youth movement afoot in Ashburn, his experience and ability to work the field in Kyle Shanahanís offense will be of great help while a rookie quarterback, presumably Robert Griffin III, gets his feet under him.
After that, the picture isnít quite as clear. It would appear [color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Leonard Hankerson[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b] will get the first shot at having a substantial role, assuming he is recovered from the hip injury that ended his 2011 season before it really got started. Hankerson has said he will be ready for training camp, but athletes frequently are more optimistic about recovering from injuries than medical reality would indicate. Itís wait and see on him until we get closer to camp.
Free-agent acquisition [b:1a380c3f6b][color=orange:1a380c3f6b]Joshua Morgan [/color:1a380c3f6b][/b:1a380c3f6b]is also recovering from a season-ending injury. He broke his ankle in the fifth game of 2011. Morganís contract, which calls for him to make $12 million over two years, shows he is expected to make a substantial contribution as well. He provides some insurance in case Hankerson is not ready to go.
Weíve covered five receivers, and weíre just getting to[color=orange:1a380c3f6b] [b:1a380c3f6b]Santana Moss[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b], the mainstay of the teamís wide receiving corps since he came to Washington in 2005. He has played in 104 games for the Redskins, and he has started 104. Will he be a starter in 2012? Will he be on the team at all? Even if you factor in that he missed four games with a broken hand, 2012 was his least productive season since he was a Jet in 2002. It might be tempting to write him off, as he will be 33 before the season starts, but it may be too soon to do that.
We wrote earlier this week here that [color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Anthony Armstrong[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b] could benefit greatly from the presence of Griffin, who has uncanny accuracy on the deep ball. If he can average nearly 20 yards per catch like he did in 2010 they will find a way to get him onto the field.
Itís not a make or break year for [color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Niles Paul[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b], but the second-year player should make some strides in OTAs and in training camp to solidify his spot on the roster. He only caught two passes last year, but he only was targeted five times in 162 snaps. His blocking got him on the field on offense, and he needs to continue to improve upon his strength while working on his weak areas.
Is this the end of the line for [color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Terrence Austin[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b]? With the additions of GarÁon and Morgan, somebody has to go. The 2010 seventh-round pick has shown flashes of ability here and there but never with any consistency.
[color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Brandon Banks[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b] didnít work much as a receiver in training camp due to a knee injury, and he made the team as a return specialist. There may not be a roster spot for such a player in 2012, so Banks might have to find a way to get some snaps at wide receiver or face getting cut.
[color=orange:1a380c3f6b][b:1a380c3f6b]Aldrick Robinson[/b:1a380c3f6b][/color:1a380c3f6b] was on the roster for one game after spending most of the year on the practice squad. He has speed, but his game needs refinement.
So we have 10 wide receivers for probably six spots. With GarÁon, Gaffney, Morgan and Hankerson safe, that leaves six fighting for two jobs. And more could potentially be added later in free agency or in the draft.[/quote:1a380c3f6b]
Lets Go with 6, 7 max although they did have 10 on the roster at some points last season. If you think they'll draft a rookie that will make the roster then leave a spot for him blank in your list of 6-7, same for another free agent WR..
WHO STAYS and WHO GOES?