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Aldrick Robinson looks to have taken the next step in his development.
Start: Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Santana Moss
Keep: Aldrick Robinson, Leonard Hankerson, Donte Stallworth
Cut: Devery Henderson, Chip Reeves, Dezmon Briscoe, Nick Williams
Cut (Practice Squad): Skye Dawson, Lance Lewis
Probably the most crowded position on the roster; the Redskins suddenly have a plethora of wide receivers and nowhere to put them. The starters are locked in—and rightly so—while both Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson have shown improvement since last season.
With four tight ends likely to make the roster, there will be a maximum of six receivers in the final 53. That leaves one place left for the remaining seven receivers currently with the team. Stallworth picked up a hamstring injury against the Titans which could keep him out of the Steelers game and hurt his chances. However, during that game, he got open with ease and looked far superior to the second- and third-team defenses he faced. If he recovers quickly, he deserves a shot against superior competition.
Devery Henderson has considerable NFL experience but hasn’t yet jumped out in his limited time as a Redskin. The question then becomes one of age and potential. Do the coaches opt for the player on the downside of his career over one with untapped potential? Henderson will find himself struggling when asked to compete with younger, hungrier players.
Lance Lewis has impressed so far—both in camp and preseason—in his second year with the team, but the feeling persists that he will struggle against first-team defenses.
Unless he has a truly consistent preseason and shows reliable hands and route running, another year on the practice squad seems to be the best option for him. Skye Dawson is another candidate for the same treatment.
Dezmon Briscoe is a frustrating figure in Washington. He made the roster on the back of a strong preseason last year but was a complete non-factor in Tennessee, also dropping passes. If that continues, he’ll be cut.
However, out of all the receivers doubtful to make the team, he possesses the ideal combination of youth and NFL experience that is so in demand. He’s impressive in camp but seemingly unable to translate that to any meaningful game. Look for Briscoe to get some receptions over the rest of the preseason to give him a final chance to impress. After his poor 2012, he should be doing everything he can.