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The Leonard Hankerson conumdrum...

We are all just as cognizant of Hankerson's size and "potential" as we are with his drops and disappearance from games this past season. Let's theorize for a second on what the problem was. It seems Hankerson disappeared against really good defenses and had his best games against teams that were struggling on defense. And it also seems he was better on the road. @STL he was: 2 recs 68 yards 1 TD & 3 targets. @ TB in what was perhaps his best game he was: 7 rec 57 yards 0 TD & 11 targets. @ NYG 6 rec 70yds 0 TD & 8 targets. @ Cleveland 2 rec 56 yards 2 TD & 3 targets. I went back and watched a few of those games and it didn't seem as if Hank could separate from top notch DB's out of his breaks. Sounds unbelievable for a player with 4.3 speed, right? Well the thing is, he has 4.3 straight line speed (like RGIII) and he is a long strider (also, like RGIII) long striders don't cut and accelerate very quickly, in most cases. I also think that his drop problems has to do with his seeing or not seeing the QB's release point. Especially on outs and crossing patterns. RGIII has a VERY quick release and high velocity at times. The ball is on you in no time in those patterns and you have to sight-adjust quickly to pull it in and if you can't it makes it tough to consistantly pull those in if you aren't used to how his balls come out on the release.

So the conundrum is: do you still upgrade the WR position or do you stand pat and try to get some 1 on 1 time with the QB? My answer is both. You have to bring in someone that can potentially be a legitimate #2 WR (Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, anyone?) while also trying to improve the all-around skills of Hankerson especially with the uncertainty of Davis, because your #2 WR should be the most natural pass catcher in order to make the tough catches to move the chains. Even though Hankerson lost a year due to injury, this is still a make or break year for him in terms of reliability as a legit #2. Garcon's injury proved both the need for a #2 and his ineffectiveness as such. Joshua Morgan proved the willingness to go across the middle but not the ability to catch and hold on in traffic against top defenses and the other WR's are no more than warm bodies to fill out the roster. (Dez Bryant, Banks, etc.) Besides Garcon our WR's aren't scaring anyone so be careful thinking that we made the playoffs so our WR's are fine because if I can look at film and come to that conclusion you know DEF coordinators are seeing the same things and more.


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