Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRearns a starting job
Redskins HC Mike Shanahan says WR Leonard Hankerson has played "well enough to earn a starting job." We thought he did enough this summer to be a Week 1 starter. Regardless, Hankerson is there now. He drew his first start of the year on Sunday, finishing with 4 catches on 7 targets for 56 yards. He'll play alongside Josh Morgan until Pierre Garcon returns from his foot injury. Then, Hankerson and Garcon will start, knocking Morgon down the depth chart. Hankerson is a talented 6'2, 211-pounder who flashed big-time ability in limited action last year. Remember that he exploded for 106 yards in Week 10 before suffering a season-ending injury. A starting WR on an explosive passing game, Hankerson has plenty of upside going forward. Grab him if he's available in your league.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRcould be scratched Week 1?
Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell "wonders" whether WR Leonard Hankerson will be a healthy scratch for Week 1. In that case, WR Dezmon Briscoe would take his spot on the active roster, according to Campbell. It's a puzzling comment considering Hankerson was expected to serve as Washington's #2 WR this season. He only made 4 grabs in preseason action, though, while Briscoe went for 117 yards and 2 scores. We're guessing Hankerson will see more action on Sunday, but neither guy will be a recommended fantasy option.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRlooking like #2 WR
With a week of practice in the books, Leonard Hankerson appears to be in the lead for the Redskins' #2 WR spot. ESPN.com's Dan Graziano guesses that Hankerson and Garcon will be the starters on the outside, with Santana Moss manning the slot. WR Josh Morgan could be used as a fill-in at all 3 spots. This situation is still unsettled, but we like Hankerson's odds of winning a starting job. He has the best combination of size (6'2, 205 pounds) and athleticism among the trio behind Garcon. And insider Rich Tandler notes that Hankerson is "holding onto the ball better [and] looks more fluid as he runs his routes" than he did last year. Hankerson would be an upside bench stash in fantasy if he's named the #2 receiver.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRback to 100%
Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (hip) says he's received full medical clearance after February hip surgery. He missed some time at OTAs but will be a full-go for training camp. Hankerson will duke it out with Josh Morgan and Santana Moss for a starting spot opposite Pierre Garcon. The winner will have WR3 appeal in HC Mike Shanahan's pass-heavy offense.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRexpects to be ready by June
Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson expects to be ready to participate in the team's minicamp in mid-June. He's recovery from a February procedure to repair a torn labrum in his hip. “I’m feeling good, getting better each and every day,” Hankerson said. “I’m not quite there yet, but I’m looking forward to being there in a couple weeks.” Last year's 3rd-round pick will battle with Josh Morgan for Washington's #2 WR job this summer.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRticketed for a starting job?
Redskins insider Grant Paulsen believes the team's "plan" is to have 2nd-year WR Leonard Hankerson start opposite Pierre Garcon this season. Hankerson had just broken out with a 106-yard outing last year when he went down with a season-ending hip injury. He underwent surgery in February but is expected to be a full-go for training camp. If healthy, Hankerson certainly has the talent to win a starting job. But he'll need to fend off Josh Morgan, who inked a 2-year, $11.5 million deal this offseason. It'll be a training camp battle worth monitoring this summer.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRhad hip surgery
Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson underwent surgery last week to repair the torn labrum in his hip. Hankerson suffered the injury way back in mid-November but had spent the past 3 months trying to rehab without going under the knife. He says he'll be ready for the start of training camp, but Hankerson cost himself valuable OTA time by delaying the operation. We'll track his recovery throughout the offseason.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRdone for the year
So much for Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson's hip injury being minor. He's being placed on IR with a torn labrum. It's a tough break for the rookie, who had just posted career-highs with 8 catches and 106 yards against the Dolphins on Sunday. He should be back to 100% for offseason activities and could emerge as Washington's top WR next season. In the meantime, the 'Skins are left with Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, and Terrence Austin as their top-3 WRs until Santana Moss returns. It doesn't get much uglier than that.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRdoesn't think hip injury is serious
Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson doesn't believe the hip injury he suffered near the end of Sunday's game against the Dolphins is serious. It's being called a hip strain. Hankerson expects to be available for next weekend's game against the Cowboys, but let's wait and see what tomorrow's MRI reveals. Hankerson enjoyed a breakout game on Sunday, reeling in 8 balls for 106 yards. If healthy, the rookie will be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRinjures hip
Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson suffered a hip injury near the end of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He had racked up 8 catches for 106 yards before going down. Stay tuned for an update. If the injury isn't serious, Hankerson will be worth plucking off waiver wires.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRgets Week 9 start
The Redskins are going with a youth movement on offense today. They'll start rookie WR Leonard Hankerson opposite Jabar Gaffney. Hankerson has just 1 catch so far this year but isn't short on talent. He's certainly worth monitoring today, although he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRstruggling with drops
While Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell has been impressed by rookie WR Leonard Hankerson's size and athleticism, he notes that drops have been a major problem early in camp. "He has significant upside as a long strider who can stretch the field and use his quality size (6-foot-2) on shorter routes, but the frequency at which he drops passes is a bit stunning," Campbell writes. Inconsistent hands were an issue for Hankerson is college, and the problem has not surprisingly carried over to the pros. Young WRs tend to struggle with the speed and complexity of the NFL game at first, but catching the football shouldn't be a problem. It's something Hankerson will need to address if he wants to make an impact.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRexpected to start right away
Redskins beat writers Ryan O'Hallorhan and Rich Tandler both believe 3rd-round rookie WR Leonard Hankerson will be in the team's Week 1 starting lineup. WR Santana Moss is a free-agent -- Tandler calls it 50-50 that he'll be back -- and WR Anthony Armstrong is undersized and better-suited for the slot. Hankerson has NFL size and comes from a pro-style offense. Still, O'Hallorhan cautions not to expect much from a rookie WR who is missing valuable OTAs. We concur, especially if the 'Skins go with John Beck at QB.
Leonard Hankerson WAS -WRgoes to Washington
The Redskins selected Miami WR Leonard Hankerson with the 79th overall pick. This is an absolute steal. We had Hankerson rated as the 4th-best receiver in this draft class. Although he lacks elite explosion off the line, he has good deep speed. And Hankerson understands how to use his 6’2, 209-pound frame to shield off defenders and go get jump balls. With WR Santana Moss set to hit the free-agent market, we’re betting Hankerson wins a starting job in training camp. It’s early, but we like him as the fantasy sleeper of the 2011 rookie class -- assuming Washington's QB situation stabilizes.
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