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Leonard Hankerson's Roster Status?
Placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the outset of training camp, Leonard Hankerson's return from a torn ACL may be on the horizon:
Question is, does it matter?
In the time Hankerson's been rehabbing his knee, Washington's daunting depth at receiver has been on full display.
While it's public knowledge that DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts are the team's top wideouts, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson and, specifically, Ryan Grant have done their part to stake a claim to a roster spot:
Already tasked with learning a new offense, Hankerson has little time to demonstrate that his place on the roster is warranted. Barring a scenario where the team keeps him on the PUP list through the start of the season, his time in Washington may be up.
Jason Hatcher's Debut
Dominant thus far in the preseason, Washington's defensive line has done it without its anchor.
Sidelined by an offseason knee surgery, Jason Hatcher is now set to make his Redskins debut, as NBC's Dianna Marie Russini notes:
Susceptible to giving up big plays via the passing game, Washington is relying on Hatcher to free up pass-rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan in an effort to mask its secondary.
Going against a first-team offensive line that's kept Joe Flacco clean this preseason, this is a good matchup to measure the strength of Washington's front.
Silas Redd or Lache Seastrunk?
Rookie Lache Seastrunk is Washington's leading rusher this preseason, but it's important to note the time period he's accumulating these yards in.
Against both Cleveland and New England, the majority of his playing time has come in the fourth quarter. And, most importantly, it's come after Silas Redd:
While he's shined with the game lights on—and, unlike Redd, he was drafted—Seastrunk's place on the team's depth chart indicates a large disconnect between his game and practice performance:
If Chris Thompson's injury does indeed cost him a roster spot, the rookie currently positioned to succeed him isn't Seastrunk, but Redd.