Freshman! Freshman! Freshman!
The Redskins are starting three rookies on offense today–two for the first time–and none taken before the third round of April’s NFL Draft. Receiver Leonard Hankerson will get his second consecutive start, after going inactive in the first six weeks. Roy Helu will get a chance to jump start the Redskins running game, and Maurice Hurt will try his hand at left guard.
Hurt is the second seventh-round rookie to play this year (Chris Neild being the first), and one of three that are active for today’s game (Brandyn Thompson). Last year’s seventh-rounder, receiver Terrence Austin has already worked his way into the offense.
On the first play from scrimmage, Helu made the most of his first NFL start and cut it up field for a 16-yard gain. This is the second-longest run of his career, and he was one man away from breaking it the distance.
But it was another rookie, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, that stole the show on the team’s first defensive stand....