Lance Lewis signed to active roster

ASHBURN, Va. -- Lance Lewis made his name in college with big plays. He made a couple catches on deep balls in practice this summer in the Washington Redskins training camp.

To become a good receiver, though, Lewis must expand his game -- especially now that he’s on the Redskins’ 53-man roster.

The Redskins signed him off the practice squad with Leonard Hankerson headed to injured reserve.

“I’ve improved a lot,” Lewis said.

It’s uncertain how much Lewis will play or if he’ll even be active. Josh Morgan will start for Hankerson at the Z receiver position; Lewis said he can play both X and Z.

Lewis said he’s dropped nine pounds since training camp -- something the coaches wanted him to do --hoping that it translates into him feeling more comfortable running certain routes. He knows he can’t just do what he did at East Carolina: make leaping grabs downfield. It’s one reason he caught 22 touchdown passes in his two seasons (playing the X receiver).

“In college that was one of my things, going deep and jumping up,” he said. “I want to get separation and break off on a route, doing little things and not just going deep every time.”

The Redskins signed receiver Josh Bellamy to the practice squad. San Diego released Bellamy from its practice squad earlier in the week. Bellamy played three games at the end of last season with Kansas City.