Up-Downs: Hankerson, Riley, Barnes bright spots

Up-Downs: Hankerson, Riley, Barnes bright spots
November 14, 2011, 11:45 am
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The Week 10 edition of Redskins Up Downs after another loss, a 20-9 defeat to the Miami Dolphins:UP
Leonard Hankersons progressPlaying a consistent amount for the third straight week, the rookie receiver continues to impress he had the first 100-yard receiving game (eight catches for 106) by a Redskins rookie receiver in 10 years. Hopefully hes not the next Rod Gardner (the aforementioned rookie).DOWN
Mike Shanahans wafflingHinting the quarterback decision could be a week-to-week thing during his post-game press conference was another of Shannys famous late Sunday afternoon mis-adventures. The locker room is dealing with a five-game losing streak to deal with, it doesnt need this element of circus.UP
Kevin Barnes interceptionBarnes tied London Fletcher for the team lead in interceptions with his second (old friend Carlos Rogers had that many yesterday for the 49ers). Barnes showed awareness in seeing pressure coming and a tight end running into the flat. He made the catch and returned it 30 yards.DOWN
The running game (again)Well, the Redskins cant really blame getting behind as a reason for another week of rushing struggles. They rushed 17 times for 61 yards; take away Roy Helus 21-yard carry on the last play of the game and the Redskins averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. For the season, their average is down to 3.8 yards per attempt.UP
Perry Rileys debutLast week, there was debate in the media room about Rileys progress he couldnt get on the field when Rocky McIntosh was hurt (Keyaron Fox got the call). But things changed on Sunday. McIntosh was benched, Fox was hurt and Riley got the call. Sure, he had a penalty but four of his nine tackles were behind the line of scrimmage.DOWN
Rex Grossmans second interceptionThe kind of throw Grossman has made basically his entire career. The Redskins trailed 13-9 and had a first-and-goal from the Miami 10. No time to force a throw; if in doubt, throw it in the stands. But Grossman forced a throw into a crowd and it was intercepted by Karlos Dansby. Ballgame.DOWN
Third down defenseThe Redskins entered the game ranked fifth in third down defense (less than 30 percent). Miami, though, converted its first two opportunities on its way to a 57-percent day (8-of-14). This will be big next week when the Redskins face a Dallas offense that appears to be humming on every cylinder.DOWN
Graham Gano and the windGano called the wind going at one end zone Sunday (the left end on your TV) the worst conditions hes kicked into. He misfired from 50 and 49 yards, part of a 3-for-5 day. The weather is only going to get worse for Gano four more games at FedEx and trips to Seattle, the Giants and Philadelphia.

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