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Redskins’ rookie WR Leonard Hankerson is making his first return to Miami where he had record setting four year career at the University of Miami. Hankerson set University of Miami single-season record with 13 touchdowns his senior year, surpassing Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s record. The Miami product had a rough start to his professional career by not making it to the Active Roster for the first five games of the season. Due to injuries to Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong, lack of production by the Offense and bettered practice habits by Hankerson- he has dressed for the last three games against the Panthers, Bills and 49ers.
Hankerson’s production in each of the three games he’s dressed for has increased from game to game. In his first action of the season against the Panthers, Hankerson logged only one snap on offense, a forgettable one at best. A “miscommunication” with QB John Beck (which Beck later took the blame for) that led to an interception, left some criticism from fans towards the promising rookie. Since that blunder, Hankerson caught one ball against the Bills and four against the 49ers, including a two-point conversion.
One potential aspect that the 6’2” receiver brings to the Redskins bleak offense is the big play ability he showed in his college career. Since Santana Moss’ days in Gibbs 2.0, the Redskins have been in desperate need of a big play WR that could ignite the offense. The Redskins were thought to have gotten a steal by drafting the former Hurricane with the 79th pick in the 3rd round of last year’s NFL Draft. Hankerson appears to have been motivated by not being handed anything at the start of his Redskins career. Redskins’ fans and coaches hope he can reclaim some of that touchdown magic he displayed at “The U” during his college days this Sunday against the Dolphins. If the last three games progress could suggest Hankerson would continue down his successful path, the Redskins Offense would sure benefit from his first career touchdown, or two!