The Washington Redskins have not had a dominant receiver in a very long time, not to mention depth at the position. This season however, the team could potentially move up in the league rankings in regards to depth at the receiver position. Not only could the Redskins finally have an explosive “go to” receiver, but a great group of guys that will complement each other very well.
Free Agent pickup, Pierre Garcon has looked outstanding so far in training camp – even that could be an understatement. Garcon is primed for a breakout season and without a doubt is Washington’s most complete receiver.
Barring pre-season injury, 2nd year receiver - Leonard Hankerson will start across from Pierre Garcon when the Redskins square off against the New Orleans Saints week 1. Hankerson has reduced his mental mistakes and has improved as a pure ball catcher and route runner. Garcon and Hankerson complement each other well – both can catch underneath routes, both are strong and physical, and both can take the top off a defense.
Santana Moss came into camp rejuvenated, slimmer, and more explosive than he’s been in a few years. The 33 year old is Washington’s veteran at the receiver position, and will start at slot. The beauty of being deep at the receiver position is, you can interchange these players, moving them from the X, Y, and Z positions. Josh Morgan is a guy that can play all three positions. He’s a guy that can take a short or intermediate route and make something out of nothing. You can expect him to help Washington convert a ton of 3rd downs.
The battle begins at the 5th and 6th receiver slots. Newly signed receiver, Dezmon Briscoe already seems to have an upper hand at taking one of those spots as a red-zone target. However, Anthony Armstrong has been consistent and Terrance Austin isn’t going down without a fight. Brandon Banks and Aldrick Robinson has a good battle going on, that will ultimately come down to who impresses most during pre-season games. Both have dropped some balls during practice, but both have made some explosive plays.
Regardless who wins the 5th and 6th receiver spots, Washington has an improved receiver corp which should make things easier for their star QB, Robert Griffin III.
Emmanual Benton is a featured Washington Redskins columnist for Rantsports.com. If you enjoy talking Redskins and all things NFL, follow Emmanual on Twitter: Follow @Roccoskins