By Mark PierceRedskins mini camp started in earnest today, with all 90 of the players on the pre-season roster reporting for the mandatory event. Almost half of these folks will never see the field in the regular season in a Redskins uniform, as the regular season roster will be cut before the season begins to 53. Suffice it to say mini camp and training camp in July is as big a shot as many of these players will ever get. If you’re going to show your desire and ability to potentially be part of the team, this is the time to do it.
That is why it is especially puzzling that, even with projected starters Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan out until training camp, no one among the remaining candidates at wide receiver ( except Garcon and Moss ) has truly distinguished themselves enough to be considered likely to make the team.
Anthony Armstrong took advantage of such an opportunity in 2010, but was ineffective due to injury in 2011. Now his rightful place on the squad is as before, just trying to make it. None of the other players listed at wide receiver, Banks, Lewis, Austin, or Robinson have made any memorable impressions thus far either.
Banks is plainly doomed at the spot-he’s too short. Robinson, on the practice squad last year, shows great speed, but is inconsistent. It may be too early to say with confidence, but the Skins may be scanning the waiver wire to obtain more depth at the position.