And there wasn’t much he could do before that first season, either, with NFL players locked out from March 11, 2011, before he was even drafted, through the start of training camp on July 29.
Still, Hankerson has yet to prove he’s a big-play threat. Only twice in his career has he caught a pass for more than 30 yards. He doesn’t have the speed to burn opposing corners or the power to consistently run after the catch the way Garcon can. But, for now, the Redskins aren’t expecting that. They just need another threat to help move the chains. Hankerson is getting there.
“When [Hankerson] gets the opportunity to set guys up one-on-one, he usually wins,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s one of the guys that has size, has strength and is becoming more comfortable not only with the system, but with himself.”