Quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Kellen Clemens operated Kyle Shanahan's offense with ease Friday evening in the Redskins 16-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steeleres. The quarterbacks were a combined 28 of 43 for 312 yards in the game, with Grossman (19 of 26, 207 yards) throwing the game's lone touchdown pass in the second quarter. The wide receiving core on the other end of these throws is one of the more interesting competitions in camp, with a nice blend of youth and experience battling to climb the depth chart.
Santana Moss took no time in establishing that he is Washington's number one wide receiver, catching seven balls for 64 yards, and the aforementioned eight yard touchdown. Grossman looked Moss' way early and often, and was quite obviously the quarterbacks favorite target on the evening. Veterans Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth also looked sharp, with Gaffney grabbing five passes for 38 yards and Stallworth 3 passes for 46 yards. Terrence Austin and Anthony Armstrong also both kept their names in the backup wide receiver conversation, making several fine catches between them.
On the flip side, rookie wideout Leonard Hankerson struggled for Washington, catching only one throw for eight yards. Hankerson showed signs of the dropsies, and will clearly need to work on catching the ball as the preseason progresses. His route running was also nitpicked by the television analysts, but let's be honest, that can be worked on relatively easily in practice - Hankerson's number one goal needs to be catching the ball, even if I need to go buy him crazy glue. Obviously the Redskins will not quickly give up on a third round draft pick with Hankerson's athletic talents, but let's hope the Miami product doesn't go down the path of Devin Thomas and (so far) Malcolm Kelly.