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Posted at 9:23 AM ET, 11/20/2010

Brandon Banks could see bigger role for rest of season

By Jason Reid

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."

By Jason Reid  | November 20, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks  
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Comments

Seemed like the pre-season bubble screens to Banks had huge gains every time...

Posted by: siris | November 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

A healthy injection of speed would do this team some good.

Run Forrest run!

Posted by: edvar | November 20, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan and Son are considering cloning Banks?

Their offense certainly does need a good force multiplier right about now and he has excellent field vision -- spatial awareness.

Feed him the ball in space, deliver one or two clean blocks -- something good will come of it almost every time --more points for the Skins, but unless our defense shows up on Sunday, it sadly won't be enough.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | November 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Good, those screen passes will be deadly.

Send him on some deep routes too.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 20, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the Shanahans haven't utilized Banks more. My only guess is that they wanted to build up Banks' confidence. He can be a DeSean Jackson-like receiver.

Let's just hope Banks doesn't have to run crossing routes through zone coverages.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Put the ball in the hands of your playmakers... who knew?

Posted by: Alan4 | November 20, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's just hope Banks doesn't have to run crossing routes through zone coverages.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 20, 2010 11:39 AM

Seriously. They'd have to bring out the field crew to clean that one up.

Posted by: edvar | November 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

With Banks' acceleration and speed, sending him downfield could mean McNabb needs the O-line to protect him for one second less. If you're having trouble giving your QB enough time to throw, you do what you can to shorten the amount of time it takes for plays to develop. Speed in the receiving corps goes a long way to making that happen.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 19, 2010 3:05 PM |

Honestly, this is the most BACKWARDS explanation of how football works that I have EVER heard.

Remind me to never ever listen to this guy ever again, no matter what.

If you really think the world operates like that, you should really think about hiding in your bedroom closet because somebody's going to take full advantage of your idiocy if you leave your house.

Oh, my God.

INcredible.

RI should ban you for life like they did Poopy_McPoop. I'd rather hear about his bowel movements than have to imagine the "gears" in your head turning to come up with that.

Along the same lines, why don't we just hire McNabb as coach and he can draw up the plays to the fast guys who will be in the other endzone uncovered in 1.8 seconds...

Whatever, freakzilla, you win. I can't even imagine coming up with something as retarded as you just said.

It's shocking. I'm really impressed.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bump.

As if we needed further proof that Thinker_ is an aspiring Slow Boy, the above post exposes him for the fraud that he is. There is a line from a Bob Dylan song: "Don't criticize what you don't understand".

Thinker, buy some Dylan records.

Freakzilla's idea was not at all as insane as Thinker's little rant made it out to be. I understand what zilla meant, and it is absolutely a tactic to get the ball out fast to WRs when you have pass pro issues.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 20, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Banks in their on "play-action" plays, and with Portis blocking ability that will give Mcnabb a little more time in the pocket to make plays!

Posted by: 434VAskins | November 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

No reason Banks can't get better, except for all the extra full-speed hits.

Don't let 'em hurt your KR, Mr. Smith.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 21, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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