While the accolades that accompanied Pierre Garcon's career year in 2013 were well-deserved, the Redskins' lack of viable weapons at wideout played a part in the massive numbers he amassed.
Looking at tight end Jordan Reed's rookie season, this fact couldn't be any more evident. Despite playing in just nine games, with only four starts under his belt, Reed still managed to finish second on the team in receptions and yards.
This led to the signings of Andre Roberts and DeSean Jackson as well as the drafting of Ryan Grant. With their arrivals, though, someone has to go.
Enter—or rather, exit—Santana Moss. While injury or inexperience can explain the inconsistent production of Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson, age is the key culprit in Moss' potential demise.
For the 35-year-old, it became clear during his 13th NFL season that he could no longer generate enough separation from defenders.
Sporting Charts revealed that after catching 66.1 percent of the passes he was targeted on in 2012, Moss only caught 53.8 percent of such passes last season. With a career-low 10.8 yards per reception in 2013, it's not as if this decline is tied to Moss running deeper routes.
Add it up, and Moss is going to need some help to overtake his young counterparts.
With the big-play ability that Robinson flashed at the end of last season, he's unlikely to be cut. Where Hankerson is concerned, Moss may have found his safety net.
While Hankerson's size and potential outweigh what Moss can contribute at this stage of his career, he's currently on the team's physically unable to perform list.
After reiterating his uncertainty regarding his return date to Keim, who knows when he'll be activated off the PUP list?
Battling rust and a new offensive coordinator, though, it's unlikely that Hankerson would even have to be on par with Moss to win the gig upon his return anyway.
In need of a stellar training camp under these circumstances, Moss' best hope is for Hankerson to be placed on the team's reserve/PUP list—whereby Hankerson would miss at least the team's first six games.
Although the move would only delay a decision on both players' roster statuses, it stands as the best path for Moss to make the team out of camp.