Redskins WRs Under the Microscope

Santana Moss is the only Washington Redskins wide receiver assured of a spot on the 53-man roster when the regular season opens up. That leaves ten players, from journeymen Roydell Williams and Anthony Armstrong to 2008 second-round picks Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas, vying for four or five roster spots.

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post takes an in-depth look at the competition at wide receiver, where no detail escapes the eyes of the coaching staff.

"Everything has been charted out," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "Every drop, catch. We look at everything."

One of the receiver roster spots figures to go to a return specialist, which right now features a battle between seventh-round pick Terrence Austin and undrafted free agent Brandon Banks.

Banks averaged 24.3 yards on four punt returns in the pre-season opener, returning one 77 yards for a touchdown. Austin caught a pair of passes for 18 yards, averaged 24.5 yards on two kick returns, and returned three punts for 24 yards, with a long of 22.

"I know there's limited spots," Austin said. "But I just try to be optimistic about everything, and I just love the game, so I'm not going to think about the other stuff. If I make a mistake, I suck it up. I don't go home like, 'Dang, man, I dropped the ball today. I wonder what Coach is thinking.' I never think like that. You can't afford to."

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