Wide receiver is a crowded position for the Redskins, whose 53-man roster features seven full-time wideouts, an unusually large number for most teams.
Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin appear to be locks, according to the depth chart. And from there, Coach Mike Shanahan and his assistants must decide if they should give nods to Donte Stallworth, Niles Paul and Leonard Hankerson. Part of the decision will depend on their performance, and part will rest on needs at other positions.
“We’re making it tough on them,” Armstrong said. “I guess that’s good because it means we’re all making plays and doing our job.”
But Moss said things don’t feel more crowded this season than last year when the Redskins had five wideouts on the 53-man roster and two more on the practice squad.
“You have to have a certain amount of guys padded up, and for you to have a great team, you’ve got to make a decision of who’s not going to pad up,” Moss says. “Last year we had seven guys and you just knew that two of them weren’t going to play because they were practice squad. This year is basically the same thing. As a competitor, you just go out there and you do your job. You don’t really think about it.”
Stallworth said he never has been a part of such a large receiver unit, but he believes that the numbers can end up being a strength for the Redskins.