The youth movement was in full swing Sunday as Leonard Hankerson drew rave reviews for his eight-catch, 106-yard performance in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.
However in predictable fashion, disaster struck in the fourth quarter when Hankerson tore his labrum being tackled by a Miami defender.
That’s a crushing blow for a rookie who had steadily improved every week. Hankerson had finally adjusted to the mental and physical grind of the NFL only to suffer a season-ending injury in a breakout effort.
With that news, we’re left scrounging the scrapheap for a positive from Sunday’s game. Fortunately another promising young player managed to turn heads with a standout performance on Sunday.
Perry Riley made his first professional start in place of middle linebacker Rocky McIntosh, recording nine tackles. Four of those were tackles for a loss, making him the first Redskin to have that many in a game since 2001.
Riley’s stellar debut has a redemptive quality about it. The only name h...