Washington’s receiver position has been one in serious question over the years. Right now, one could say that the team does not have a “true” number one receiver, but that may not be necessary, as the team’s quarterback can get the ball to anyone.
The only receiver who has been consistent with the team over the years (as in stayed with the team through thick and thin, and has been in D.C. for a long time) is veteran Santana Moss. Moss is expected to make the roster and contribute.
I believe the following receivers will be on the Redskins’ 53-man roster come September. The ‘Skins just signed veterans Donte’ Stallworth and Devery Henderson. However, I believe one of those will not make the roster. The receivers currently on the team who I expect to make the team are below.
Pierre Garcon: Garcon missed much time due to injury in 2012, but he will make the roster without question and should retain the No. 1 position in 2013. He has all the physical tools to make big plays, as he did when he burst onto the scene in Week 1 last season with an 88-yard touchdown catch from Robert Griffin III.
Joshua Morgan: Like Garcon, he is also rehabbing from injuries, and will make the roster and should fill the role as the No. 2 receiver opposite Garcon. He has recently been burning defensive backs in practice and has the potential, like Garcon does, to contribute largely this season.
Santana Moss: The veteran could fill the role as a slot receiver who can contribute in certain situations, such as third downs and in the red zone. He still has some of his speed and will look to continue to establish chemistry with RGIII.
Aldrick Robinson: Robinson could be the biggest deep threat on the roster right now. Although not a complete lock to make the roster, he flashed in 2012, but I believe he has not reached his full potential. I want to see what will happen when he catches a slant, not when he goes deep – he can catch the pass, break a tackle, and score, just as Mike Wallace did to the Giants last year. It’s as simple as that.
Leonard Hankerson: Hankerson has huge hands and can also stretch the field. He could fill the role of a third receiver barring injury to any of the top 3 receivers on the team. His third year in D.C. could make or break his career in the city.
Devery Henderson: Acquiring Henderson provides the Redskins with another deep threat. He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash coming out of college, but some of that speed may have been lost with age. However, he, like Moss, still has some of that speed, and can contribute sparingly this year. I believe he will be one of the “on the bubble” players who will make the team.