1. Pierre Garcon
2. Leonard Hankerson
3. Santana Moss
4. Josh Morgan
5. Anthony Armstrong
6. Terrence Austin
7. Aldrick Robinson
The Skins have longed for a true No. 1 receiver. Well, they didn’t get Vincent Jackson from San Diego and didn’t trade for Brandon Marshall. I’m okay with this, actually. Despite a lot of criticism, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s receivers are open in his offense.
In Year 1, Santana Moss returned to his Pro Bowl form. Anthony Armstrong came out of nowhere to become a consistent downfield threat, and last year’s leading receiver Jabar Gaffney had a career year.
Are any of these players No. 1 receiving threats? I would say no.
Based on his contract, Pierre Garcon will be atop the depth chart. Signing Garcon didn’t confuse me. However, the length and amount of his contract did. Don’t get me wrong, I think Garcon is a solid receiver and will put good numbers. But $42 million?
The Redskins front office sees great potential in Garcon. In addition, they see him as a young receiver who best fits with Robert Griffin. Garcon is a downfield threat and the deep throw is one of Griffin’s strengths.
Other than that, I have high expectations for Leonard Hankerson as long as he comes back healthy. Even though his rookie season was cut short due to injury, I was extremely impressed with Hankerson. The best way to describe it is that he attacks the ball.
Even though he’s coming off a poor season, I’m still confident in Moss as long as he’s working in the slot where he’s best suited. Once known for his speed, Santana will not be catching 50-yard bombs anymore.
He’s very efficient in the slot and will take on the role as a mentor to a very youthful receiving corps.
I’m predicting that Hankerson will start opposite Garcon. But I can see Josh Morgan competing with him for that position. What’s great about this is that the Redskins have legitimate depth at this position for the first time that I can remember.
Last year, the Skins kept seven wideouts on the roster. I think Armstrong will make the team, given his familiarity with the offense and ability to play special teams. Austin could do the same, and I’m interested to see what Robinson can do in his second year.
Technically, Brandon Banks is a receiver. He really doesn’t have a role on the offense nor should he. Even though I’m down on Banks, he will be given another shot.