Hankerson: No hankering for payback vs. Redskins
The Redskins’ secondary will face perhaps its toughest task of the young season Sunday when Washington visits Atlanta (4-0), home of the NFL’s second-leading receiver, Julio Jones, and a familiar face who is off to the best start of his career.
Leonard Hankerson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Falcons in the offseason, reuniting the Redskins’ 2011 thirdround pick with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Hankerson, who appeared in only one game last year, had 81 catches and six touchdowns over four injury-riddled seasons in Washington. He has 17 catches and two touchdowns this season.
Might he be extra motivated to add to those totals against his former team?
“Just another game, man,” Hankerson told 106.7 The Fan’s Chris Russell on Wednesday. “I moved on. It’s something you have to do. You can’t dwell on the past. I played for the Redskins for four years, but hey, that’s the past.”
Hankerson, who has displaced Roddy White as Matt Ryan’s second option in the passing game through four games, said staying healthy has been the biggestkey to his modest success in Atlanta.
“In my past, I had the knee surgery, I had the hip surgery, and it kind of derailed me a little,” Hankerson said. “But if you stay healthy in this game, it can take you a long ways because you can do a whole lots of things.”
Russell asked Hankerson whether he feels like he was given a fair shot with the Redskins.
“I really don’t know,” Hankerson said. “Maybe it wasn’t the right timing. Maybe it was me. What can you do, you know? I’m just looking forward to being here with the Falcons, doing my job, doing the best that I can do. We’re off to a hot start right now, and we’re trying to keep that going.”