The Washington Redskins now have thirteen (twelve if you count Niles Paul as a TE, although he’s still listed at WR on the active roster) receivers on their roster. Some people could be considered “camp bodies” but there are a good amount of serious contenders for the six or seven spots available. If you were a math major in college you’d know that not even half of the receivers on the roster will make the team. The Redskins carried seven receivers in 2011 so that Brandon Banks could maintain his position as a return specialist. Banks, however, did not produce as expected last season and his seven spot could possibly be filled or eliminated.
The incumbents at reciever for the 2012 campaign are as follows:
- Santana Moss
- Anthony Armstrong
- Leonard Hankerson
- Niles Paul (converting to TE)
- Brandon Banks
- Terrence Austin
- Aldrick Robinson
The new acquisitions via draft, free agency, or trade are as follows:
- Pierre Garcon (Colts)
- Joshua Morgan (49ers)
- Dezmond Briscoe (Bucs)
- Darius Hanks (Rookie – Alabama)
- Samuel Kirkland (Rookie – Kent State)
- Lance Lewis (Rookie – ECU)
Assuming that Garcon, Moss, Morgan and even Hankerson are locks, this leaves little room for some of the more beloved Redskins over the past few seasons. That’s two or three spots to fit the speedy Anthony Armstrong and Brandon Banks. One can’t also forget that the Redskins went out and acquired Dezmond Briscoe, who scored the most touchdowns for Tampa Bay last year. Terrence Austin, Aldrick Robinson and even Niles Paul have a pretty bleak outlook at this early stage of training camp. Some of these players, much like Brandon Banks, are only a play or two away from lighting up DC and securing a roster spot. The offenses and defenses are usually pretty bland in the preseason, but special teams is always 100%. Most people like a Hanks or Kirkland will have to find their way on to the active roster, or possibly practice squad, via special teams.
Enough from us at Riggo’s Rag. We want to see who you think will make the final 53-man roster for 2012. Vote now!