Injuries to Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Maclin have opened up potential playing time for a pair of young receivers. Could either of them be worth gambling on in Week 3? Let’s take a look:
Leonard Hankerson – Washington Redskins
Pierre Garçon is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game, opening the door for someone else to step in against a Bengals defense that has allowed 308.5 passing adds per game over the first two weeks (fourth most in the league). They also have given up 4 passing touchdowns while failing to record an interception.
According to Zac Boyer (via Twitter):
“If #Redskins’ Pierre Garcon can’t play against #Bengals on Sunday, it seems very likely Leonard Hankerson will replace him at split end.”
Hankerson had two catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 after failing to record a catch in the season opener. While he is still a risky play, in three receiver formats he definitely is worth considering. I would grab him now if you have a need and monitor the news over the next day or two before depending on him.
Damaris Johnson – Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game, leaving an opening for Johnson. Granted, Arizona has looked good against the pass this far, but do we really expect that to continue? Can we also expect Michael Vick to continue to make the many mistakes he has over two weeks?
Johnson went undrafted, though part of that may have been due to questions about his make-up. According to Layna Dewell of NewsOn6.com (click here for the article):
“University of Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson has been indefinitely suspended from the Golden Hurricane football team. This comes after Johnson’s girlfriend Chamon Jones was arrested Thursday on a felony embezzlement complaint.”
However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have talent. With Jeremy Maclin & Riley Cooper already ruled out (as well as DeSean Jackson banged up), the Eagles are running low on options.
I wouldn’t expect Johnson to be a great option, but he definitely has potential. He’s worth monitoring closely as he could eventually emerge as the team’s third receiver. For now, however, I would anticipate Jackson and Brent Celek to play a bigger role. I wouldn’t roll the dice here.
What are your opinion of these two players? Would you gamble on either of them? Why or why not?
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 rankings: