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Receivers Gather No Answers After Reviewing Drops Against Steelers
ASHBURN – Leonard Hankerson said there was no common theme to the multitude of passes the Washington Redskins dropped in their 27-12 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Robert Griffin III could only watch as 13 passes went off the hands of their intended targets, stalling drives and costing points. Six of them were broken up in some fashion by defenders, while four others were inaccurate throws that were partially on Griffin.
Though some drops were on subsequent passes and others were in open space, the 13 incompletions traveled a combined 128 yards through the air.
“Even in the game, I sat there and I was trying to figure out what to say to these guys because these guys are some of the best at their profession in the world,” Griffin said. “They’re in the NFL for a reason, so if they drop a ball, they know, ‘Hey, I can’t drop that ball. I have to catch it.’ So what am I supposed to go say to them? ‘Go catch the ball’, or whatever I’m supposed to go say to them?”
Two were in the end zone, though both were defended by cornerback Keenan Lewis – one on Dezmon Briscoe on the first play of the second quarter, while another on Aldrick Robinson early in the fourth.
Hankerson had the most glaring drop, looking away as he dropped a pass wide open at the Steelers’ 2-yard line with 16 seconds left in the first quarter.
“No excuses, man,” Hankerson said. “I mean, our job was to catch the ball, and that’s what we’ve got to do. Whether it was thundering or lightning or it was clear and dry as day, our job was to catch the ball, and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Griffin finished the game 16-for-34 for 177 yards – by far his lowest completion percentage and passing yardage of the season. Santana Moss, who caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and had two a week earlier in a road loss to the New York Giants, had four of the drops.
“It’s tough in those situations, but throughout the game, repeatedly, they came to me and told me they were going to continue to fight for me, even through the drops and all the bad plays we did have,” Griffin said. “I have bad plays myself, so it was good to hear them say that. I think they definitely know that I’ve got their back and I know they’ve got mine.”