Pre-season Week Two is upon us as the Washington Redskins prepare to face the Indianapolis Colts. The big lineup difference is behind Center, as QB John Beck gets his shot, now that he is healthy, to lead the Redskins offense. Not going to go in depth here on the Beck/Rex Grossman competition, we did that yesterday. See the story below.
This is our pre-season version of the Redskins Youth Report, along running feature article here at DC Pro Sports Report. For the pre-season, we provide a peak at the Redskins rookies to keep an eye on in this week's game. Here is last week's article.
Here are your rookies to keep an eye on for Friday night. There may be rookies of interest to you not on this list. We specified the ones here for specific purposes. Feel fre to discuss and share your thoughts in our Forum or on our Facebook page.
S DeJan Gomes. With Laron Landry sidelined until next week, Gomes will likely see significant playing time, allowing him the opportunity to showcase his abilities. Gomes has played smart, doesn't shy away from hitting, and has had a pretty good training camp. I really do not see Gomes having a problem cracking the 53 man roster.
WR Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson had a good week at practice finally holding on to the football much more consistently. There is little question that Hankerson has the excellent skill and talent to be an NFL wide receiver. He struggled early in training camp making the catches. If it was early jitters and adjustment, this game would be a good time to show the dropped balls are a thing of the past. Hankerson needs a solid game.
RB Roy Helu. Helu is in one battle. The battle for carries. The likely starter for the Redskins will either be Ryan Torain or Tim Hightower. However, Helu has tremendous upside, excellent footwork and speed, and is a favorite of Mike Shanahan, who spent his fourth round pick on the Nebraska product. Mike Shanahan also drafted PennState's all time leading rusher, Evan Royster, a few rounds below. Royster got the bulk of the carries between the young backs last week. He rushed 15 times for 66 yards, equaling the 4.4 yards per carry of potential starter Tim Hightower. Shanahan has shown a preference of alternating players he is evaluating, rather than flipping much during games. That would lead to the inference that Helu will get 15 or so carries against the Colts. Helu needs to show his presence, speed, and ability to run in the system. He needs to show effectiveness in the pass offense a swell. Royster raised the bar. It's Helu's turn. Helu also needs to show he can be an effective pass blocker. His pass portections skills are not as refined as Rosyter's, but Helu has an opportunity to show progression in that area. Big week for Helu.