My only opinion of Hankerson is that he is an unfinished product that deserves another opportunity.
At this point we just don't know.
Imo it would the FO owes it to itself to find out one way or another before making a decision on Hank.
If another WR is drafted fairly high its almost a certainity that we'll never know anything more about Hankerson because there are a finite amount of practice reps and game targets and a 2-3 round WR will vault ahead of Hankerson in the chow line.
I just wonder what is the best way to facilitate his growth? Sometimes I wonder whether the security blanket of Moss is holding the other WRs back?
And I don't think it's so much Moss holding him back as the nature of our offense. We sub guys in and out a lot, so no one really gets into a rhythm. It might be a bit different if he lined up on and the X or Z position 90% of the time rather than 40%. Kyle uses his personal groupings to achieve certain things on the field, so unless you can a super versatile guy like Garcon, you're kind of in a tough place.
But, I think there is some redundancy with Moss, Hankerson and Morgan. And if one of them was gone the production of the remaining WRs would improve and it would open a roster spot. The ancillary effect of their increased production would ease fan/media perception about Hankerson, but (rightfully so) appeasing fan/media perception isn't a business Mike participates in.
So, I'm in agreement with you for the most part. Not so sure about a round 2-3 WR leapfrogging Hank. A first rounder, most likely would, but as a third year, third round pick, Hank should be ahead of a rookie 2nd/3rd rounder. If he's not, and loses PT accordingly, then that means we improved the WR Corp, right?
Even if he was leapfrogged, Morgan's contract will be up and Garçon will be playing hurt again. Hank could go right back to his role as #3 (not in including the slot). This might stunt Hankerson's growth, but it shouldn't affect it drastically.
With all this said, I like how Hankerson has developed thus far and I'm hoping next year he really brings it. As far as needs go:
Corner, safety, TE (Davis or other), OT, 3rd down back (Helu would be fine, but I'm not optimistic there health-wise).
ILB (particularly if we lose Fletcher and/orAlexander), WR, OT (a swing tackle), NT, DE, P, OLB (unless Jackson re-signs) and corner and safety again.
To your other point about redundancy of Moss, Morgan, Hankerson. Outside of being maybe a better blocker and IMO a better player in terms of grabbing a ball in traffic and getting some YAC, I don't see what Morgan brings the table that Hankerson can't bring. Hankerson seems faster. I gather its good to have depth but otherwise I think they could have spent their money better elsewhere in FA.
Last edited by Skinsinparadise; January-27th-2013 at 04:02 PM.
In terms of replacing Moss, I kind of expect us to look to the later rounds (5+). Otherwise I think we put it off to FA/draft in 2014.
Per Rotoworld on Josh Morgan:
3/13/2012: Signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract. The deal contains $7.3 million guaranteed, including a $5.5 million signing bonus and Morgan's 2012 base salary. An annual $200,000 workout bonus is available in both years. 2013: $3.8 million, 2014: Free Agent
I would think the 3.8 million could be better served on a S or CB signing in FA.
I really like Robinson too, his speed is elite and I'm hoping he can develop himself into a well-rounded receiver. I'm not foolish enough to think he's some stud. If he was earning playing time over the other guys, the Shanahan's would have him out there. There is no guarantee he'll make the roster but I hope he does and I hope he develops into a solid player for us because you can't teach speed.
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