Redskins hope opening-night performance was a sign of things to come from Hankerson

Jordan Poyer, Leonard Hankerson

Leonard Hankerson eludes the Eagles’ Jordan Poyer on a late touchdown in the opener (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Not much went right for the Washington Redskins in their season-opening loss Monday night to the Philadelphia Eagles. But the play of wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Robert Griffin III, was among the bright spots.

The Redskins enter Sunday’s game at Green Bay hoping that Hankerson can build on the performance. He had five catches for 80 yards in the opener.

“It was okay,” Hankerson said late in the week. “Not coming out on top makes it a little less. There’s still room for improvement from everybody, you know, even from me, even with five catches and two touchdowns.”

Hankerson had 38 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns last season as a second-year pro. He continues to share time with Josh Morgan at the wide receiver spot opposite Pierre Garcon, while veteran Santana Moss works out of the slot as the team’s third wideout.

“I’m working,” Hankerson said. “I’ve just got to get better each and every day, each and every week, just improve. That’s all it’s all about, no matter where I’m at right now. It’s about getting better each and every week.”

He took issue, however, with the notion that consistency is what’s lacking from his game.

“That’s always like kind of funny to me because it’s always about somebody saying about being consistent,” Hankerson said. “I mean, when have I not been? My first year I played two, three games. My second year, I played every game. And I feel like last year, it probably could have been better but I had a pretty good season last year. And this year is only one game under my belt. So I don’t really understand what people are talking about being consistent. You’ve got to go out there, like I said, just keep getting better each and every week, keep doing the little things whether it’s before practice, after practice, and just keep rising.”

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