WR Leonard Hankerson, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 209, Born: 5-7-1988, College: Miami (FL), Drafted: Round 3
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Leonard Hankerson never lived up to the potential Washington saw in him three years ago coming out of the University of Miami. Although his career hasn't been a total disappointment, it's fair to say that very little about his first three years hints at ever becoming more than a role player. His 65% catch rate and size (6'1", 209 lbs.) hint at potential, but the game film and Hankerson's inability to beat coverage outside suggest otherwise. Coming off knee surgery, Hankerson's roster spot is far from secure.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Hankerson played the part of rainmaker against the visiting Eagles, snagging two touchdown passes and leading all Redskins receivers in yardage in the Monday Night Football opener. Hankerson's first score was his more impressive of the two. With Washington in the Eagles' red zone, Hankerson ran a sit route, snagged the pass, then shucked a couple of half-hearted tackles coming out of the Philadelphia secondary. On his second touchdown of the evening - which smelled vaguely like garbage time - Hankerson easily got over the top of a lackadasical Eagles defense, with safety Patrick Chung totally whiffing on coverage. On the game's previous play, the Miami product ran a crisp square-in route and caught a perfect pass from Robert Griffin III for a twenty-seven yard gain, the Redskins' longest pass play of the evening. The Redskins need a receiver in their stable to step up opposite of Pierre Garcon, and at least in Week One, Hankerson answered the call. He was a big, sure-handed target that ran the entire route tree.
Week 2 - After blowing up Week One in garbage time, Hankerson had a pedestrian Week Two showing. He showed promised, catching Robert Griffin III's pass for a fifteen yard gain on the Redskins' first offensive snap. Hankerson promptly disappeared until the third quarter. Hankerson did snag all three of his targets, to his credit, and seems to be at least a competent option for Griffin as a receiver, especially in the short-to-intermediate game. However, Hankerson appeared to concede snaps to Joshua Morgan - who is an accomplished run-blocker - and Pierre Garcon in two-receiver sets.
Week 4 - Hankerson shared the target load with Pierre Garcon against the Raiders and turned in a decent, if mediocre, stat line. The Miami product ran mostly short and intermediate routes to help the Redskins advance the ball in a series of high-efficiency, low-yield plays. Hankerson was actually the least efficient Redskins receiver targets-wise, but his sharing the load with Pierre Garcon indicates that the Shanahans desire that someone else step up to assist Pierre Garcon.
Week 6 - Coming out of the bye, it appears that Hankerson earned the WR2 job on the Washington depth chart, seeing the majority of snaps amongst Redskins receivers while starting opposite from Pierre Garcon. It is difficult to accuse Hankerson of doing little with his opportunity based on Robert Griffin III's erratic passing. The box score reveals that Hankerson had six targets, but he only caught two of them. He was also the intended receiver - the term is used as loosely as possible here - on a duck of a pass thrown by Robert Griffin III that Orlando Scandrick intercepted. It is encouraging that the revolving door at WR2 for the Redskins seems to have stopped spinning, but Hankerson will not be able to deliver for Redskins fans or fantasy owners if Robert Griffin III continues to have trouble getting the ball to him.
Week 7 - Hankerson might be Washington's WR2, but he definitely took a backseat to tight end Jordan Reed in the Redskins' passing game hierarchy against the Bears. Targeted five times, Hankerson only came up with one reception and was the intended receiver on a first-quarter interception by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman jumped Hankerson's route and picked off Griffin's errant pass. In Hankerson's defense, the Redskins's rushing attack chewed up the decimated Bears' defense at FedEx Field. Additionally, the Redskins were rarely behind against the Bears, and did not feel desperate enough to skew their run/pass mix. Hankerson's one reception came when he was completely unguarded.
Week 8 - Hankerson managed to get open in the end zone at the end of the second quarter to catch a seven yard pass from Robert Griffin III for a touchdown. The score tied the game at seven-all with a few seconds remaining. Hankerson got two additional targets against the Broncos. It appears Jordan Reed passed Hankerson as the second option in the Redskins' passing game.
Week 9 - Hankerson got wide open against a porous San Diego zone for a twenty-three yard gain early in the second quarter, but did not do much else last Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field. He did snag five of his six targets, which is encouraging going forward, but he is still the Redskins' third-best passing option in a run-heavy offense. Moreover, Hankerson loses snaps to Joshua Morgan, who is a much better run blocker.
Week 10 - The majority of Hankerson's receiving yardage came on a deep over route after Aldrick Robinson cleared out the secondary on a streak route. Still, Hankerson provided the Redskins with sure hands against the Vikings, catching all five of his targets and getting four first downs in the process. The third year man from the U seems to be capped at a ceiling of 5-60 - perhaps with a lucky touchdown thrown in the mix - in an inconsistent offense. While Hankerson's game is not particularly fantasy relevant, he has a solid role carved out as the third option in the passing game for the Redskins.
Week 11 - Hankerson caught one pass before leaving the game with a knee injury.