Brandon Banks could see bigger role for rest of season
Although dynamic rookie returner Brandon Banks has had little involvement on offense as a wide receiver, his role could increase significantly in the Redskins' final seven games.
Banks has only one reception for a five-yard loss, but that is not indicative of the speedy player's ability. Banks, as evidenced by his outstanding performance on kickoff and punt returns, is among the top playmakers on Washington's roster, and he needs to be on the field more.
Washington's coaching staff apparently has noticed, too.
"That's been our goal all along," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "Banks has some very good skills, some very good receiver skills. He's got good hands. He's tough.
"The more consistent he can be out here at practice [will help him earn playing time on offense]. ... It's been tough because he had a setback with his [recent knee] injury and everything being out [of full practice] the last couple of weeks, but we would like to definitely get him more involved."
No. 3 wideout Joey Galloway has not impressed during games, and Roydell Williams apparently hasn't done enough in practice to move ahead of Galloway.
Banks possesses speed comparable to that of Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson, the Redskins say.
"DeSean is a pretty great player, but Banks has a lot of talent," Shanahan said. "That's what makes him good. Banks believes he's the best and he can do it. That's why we love it.
"He's talented but he also has got that right swagger. There are a lot of people with talent. But when you believe you are like that, too, it carries you to another level. There's no reason why Banks can't continue to get like that."
| November 20, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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