Hankerson’s performance a bright spot in Redskins’ loss to Dolphins

Leonard Hankerson became Rex Grossman’s most consistent target in Sunday’s 20-9 loss at Miami, catching eight passes for 106 yards in just his second career start. He became the first Redskins rookie wide receiver to catch 100 yards worth of passes since Rod Gardner did so in 2001 against Carolina.

“It just felt good to go out there and contribute to the team,” Hankerson said. “I’m out there capable of making plays and catching first downs and stuff like that.”

Hankerson suffered a hip injury in the fourth quarter, and he left Sun Life Stadium with the help of crutches. But he said the injury was “a little sore” and that he hoped to play next week against Dallas.

After being inactive for the first five games of the season, Hankerson – a third-round pick from the University of Miami who had 50 family and friends in attendance Sunday — started for the first time last week against San Francisco. He had four catches against the 49ers.

“He works tremendously hard,” fullback Darrel Young said. “He has a lot of talent. He’s going to make a lot of great plays for us. He's a big body, he can catch the ball in traffic, good route running, good speed. He’s going to do very well.”

Grossman targeted Hankerson a team-high nine times Sunday. Fred Davis was targeted seven times but had just three catches. Grossman looked to Jabar Gaffney six times, and Gaffney had three catches.

Barry Svrluga is the national baseball writer for The Washington Post.

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