Redskins promote WR Lance Lewis to 53-man roster

November 21, 2013

Lance Lewis has spent the entire season on Washington’s practice squad. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have promoted wide receiver Lance Lewis from their practice squad to their 53-man roster after placing Leonard Hankerson on injured reserve. In a corresponding move, the team has signed wideout Josh Bellamy, formerly of Louisville and the San Diego Chargers, to their practice squad.

“It means a lot,” Lewis said. “Coaches have been telling me that nothing goes unnoticed. They’ve been seeing a lot of good things on [practice] film. So, I’m real excited to get my chance to come up, and whatever they need from me, I’m willing to do it.”

Lewis originally signed with Washington in the spring of 2012 as an undrafted rookie out of East Carolina. He suffered a shoulder injury in training camp and missed all of his rookie season. Lewis signed with Washington again this past spring, and in the preseason recorded had three catches for 37 yards.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder didn’t survive final roster cuts, but signed to the Redskins’ practice squad the day after Washington finalized the 53-man roster.

“It’s been a struggle, but this is a waiting game,” Lewis said. “Whenever you get your chance, you have to take full advantage of it.”

With Hankerson out, Josh Morgan will start at the ‘Z’ receiver spot opposite Pierre Garcon. Lewis said that he didn’t yet know how he would be used. But he plays both the ‘X’ and the ‘Z’ in practices and said he feels comfortable filling in at either spot.

Lewis also anticipated that he could see some time on special teams.

Bellamy went undrafted out of Louisville in 2012 but had a brief stints on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad in 2012 finished out the last month of the season on the 53-man roster.

He didn’t record any statistics, however. Bellamy spent some time this season on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad before being released earlier this week. As a senior at Louisville, the 6-foot, 206-pound Bellamy recorded 24 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett are expected to speak to reporters.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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