Washington Redskins Play It Risky With Only 5 Recevers on Depth Chart

By Thomas Ford
Moss, Garcon, Hankerson
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With the 2013 depth chart posted on their website, the Washington Redskins are poised to begin the year with only five receivers earning roster spots. In a year where injury-prone superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III is supposed to be passing more, that raises some concerns.

All five receivers that made the team were previously employed by the Redskins in 2012. Pierre Garcon, at 6-feet tall and 212 pounds, is the Redskins’ no. 1 guy. After giving Griffin his first professional touchdown on a 88-yard reception and run, combined with the fact that when he played the Redskins were 9-2, makes him a possibly elite receiver for 2013.

Aldrick Robinson is behind Garcon. At 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds, Robinson is the Redskins’ designated streak man, who combines speed and agility to make big plays. At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Joshua Morgan will be the starter opposite Garcon. Morgan caught 48 passes last year for 550 yards with only two t touchdowns. He also ran the ball three times for 25 yards.

This year, slated as a starter, Morgan will have plenty of opportunities to increase his stats.

Leonard Hankerson will back up Morgan in the Z receiver slot. At 6-foot-2 inches and 211 pounds, he has a great combination of size and speed. Hankerson has played well in the preseason and should exceed his 543 yards and three touchdowns on 38 receptions in 2012.

Last but not least, the Redskins have chosen to keep fan favorite Santana Moss. At 5-foot-10 inches, Moss has always been the speedster on the team. However, he is now 34-years old and counting. Obviously, he will provide veteran awareness and talent for the Redskins, but do not expect him to return to his 2010 self, where he posted 93 receptions for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns while playing and starting every game.

With only five slots allocated to receivers, it can be fairly obvious that each receiver will get playing time each game. Due to mild injuries or fatigue issues, a solid rotation will follow, giving Griffin the availability of multiple targets. If a receiver goes down for the year, expect the multitude of tight ends to pick up the slack or a practice squad receiver to be instated.

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