I guess we could call this the first Redskins Youth Report of the season, but it really isn't. It is more simply, the rookies I plan to watch closely tonight. The Youth Report of course will return for its 9th season running. The Youth Report here at DC Pro Sports Report tracks the progress of Redskins rookies and second year players each and every week and gives you an update on their game and overall stats and a Arrow Up or Arrow down based on the recent performance.
This article, like I mentioned above, is more of an opinion based article on which Redskins rookies I will concentrate more on tonight with specific reasons.
1. S DeJon Gomes. Laron Landry is sidelined and not playing. That means solid playing time for the Redskins 5th round draft selection. Gomes could make a big leap toward securing a roster spot with a solid performance tonight. As long as Landry is out, Gomes should receive significant time on the field, time that is greatly need, and time that could make or break Gomes' roster spot.
2. WR Leonard Hankerson. Here is my feeling on Hank. He has some serious talent. He has good size. He has the ability to be a play maker. He will likely make the roster simply because of his 3rd round draft status. However, hank has struggled at training camp on holding on to the football. He has had numerous drops. It is now game time. Hankerson needs to secure trust from the coaching staff but making the throws that come his way. Period.
3. RB Roy Helu. The fourth rounder is very highly regarded by the Shanahan staff. In fact, several top NFL analysts believe Helu could seize the starting role in Washington some point during the 2011 season. I do as well. He is your prototypical running back perfect for the Shanahan zone blocking scheme. He was hand picked by Shanahan because of that fact. With Ryan Torain already injured and missing the game tonight, Helu needs to prove he can carry practice success into field success. If so, he could be well on his way to seizing an eventual starting role in Washington.