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Roster Battles: Wide Receiver

Pierre Garcon made a splash in his Redskins debut last night.
Pierre Garcon made a splash in his Redskins debut last night.

If you remember from last year we had a "Roster Battles" series updating you on who we thought was above and below the cut-line for virtually every position on the Redskins roster. This year we will continue the series where I'll be handling the offense and Dan will take a look at the defense on a week to week basis.

Today, we'll start with the wide receivers after a scintillating 7-6 victory over the Bills. If you remember "10" means your a virtual lock for the roster and "1" means you'll be hitting the unemployment line soon.

Pierre Garcon (UP/10): Garcon was everything that Redskins fans hoped for in his Redskins debut. The former Colt had three receptions for 58 yards and scored the Skins only touchdown of the evening. He even graced us with his best Mike Sellers impression jumping into the end zone.

Josh Morgan (UP/7): The DC native also had a solid night in his Redskins debut. Morgan saw a lot of time and targets, where he made the most catching four passes for 49 yards including a 25 yard scamper.

Santana Moss (NC/7): Moss didn't really play in the game too much, but is still in solid position to be a key member of this receiving corps.

Leonard Hankerson (NC/7): I really expected Hankerson to play a bit more last night. When the starters went out, so did Hank. He ended the evening with one catch for 11 yards.

Anthony Armstrong (DOWN/5): Armstrong did not play last night, putting his roster spot a little more in jeopardy. The good news is that no one else really stepped up.

Brandon Banks (DOWN/5): Kyle Shanahan was force feeding Banks the ball in hopes he would show some glimmer at wide receiver. Despite being targeted often, Banks finished the night with two catches for seven yards. Some attributed Banks struggles to poor throws, but I somewhat disagree. The problem I saw with Banks last night was his size. Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman have such a small window to deliver the ball to Banks that is nearly impossible to garner a completion to the receiver. There were several throws that would have been 50/50 jump balls or plays other receivers can make a play on, but Banks simply can't. He's great for gadget plays, but if two of starting receivers go down, do you really want the five foot nothing Banks filling in on a regular basis?


Aldrick Robinson (UP/4): The Redskins second year man out of SMU had a solid and surprising evening as a receiver last night. At the end of the night he registered two catches for 28 yards, including a 17 yard gain. Neither Banks nor Robinson were able to display their return skills which is obviously a huge factor in this roster battle.

Terrence Austin (DOWN/3): Did not register a catch

Dezmon Briscoe (DOWN/3): Did not register a catch

Other MIAs or DNPs (1 rating)
Sam Kirkland
Lance Lewis
Darius Hanks