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Brandon Banks: 'I kind of grew up out there'

Devin ThomasToni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

With wide receiver Devin Thomas's release on Saturday, rookie Brandon Banks inherited the kickoff-returning duties to go along with his responsibilities on punt returns. The results for the Redskins were encouraging.

Banks returned three punts for an average of 15.7 yards - including a 30-yarder that set up the Redskins' only touchdown. He also had a 62-yard return that was called back because safety Chris Horton committed an illegal block penalty. Banks's two kickoff returns were for an average of 16.5 yards, but he felt the entire day helped his progression.

"Everything started to click," Banks said. "Like [veteran receiver] Santana [Moss] told me, I kind of grew up out there. I feel good. I feel like every time I touch the ball, I can go the distance."

Banks clearly left the Packers feeling that way, and they appeared to try to kick away from him as the game wore on. The 5-foot-7, 150-pounder, an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State, was relegated to the practice squad after training camp but signed to the 53-man roster before the Oct. 3 game at Philadelphia. He is now averaging 18.7 yards on six punt returns.

"I was just trying to make big plays, and get good field position for the offense," Banks said. "I had fun out there."

By Barry Svrluga  | October 10, 2010; 8:43 PM ET
Categories:  Brandon Banks  
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Ya dun good son.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse


Brandon Banks: 'I kind of grew up out there'

By Barry Svrluga | October 10, 2010; 8:43 PM ET

Dude had a growth spurt. He's 5'7" now. A few more games and he'll be 5'8".

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Banks was esentially the reason they cut DT. Not because he took a picture of DT sleeping in a meeting, because he is absolutely electric on returns.

Also love that MS told Banks that if he fumbled he would cut him..

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 10, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ya dun good son.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Still need to hit them weights tho, its a long season lightweight.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I remember when I first grew up. I graduated from the plastic, kiddy-toilet, to the big-boy porcelain throne.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 10, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

he 5-foot-7, 150-pounder, an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State, was relegated to the practice squad after training camp but signed to the 53-man roster before the Oct. 3 game at Philadelphia.

By Barry Svrluga | October 10, 2010; 8:43 PM ET

No, he made the 53 man roster after training camp and then was cut when they signed Chad Simpson.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

injury report?

Posted by: WRBD | October 10, 2010 8:39 PM |

This from WaPo:

Saturday, October 9, 2010; 7:29 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Raleigh Avenue and N. Jordan Street, Sept. 29: A person called Animal Control about an injured squirrel on the sidewalk.

An Animal Control officer tried to examine the squirrel, but it jumped up and ran up a tree. The officer said the squirrel was probably not seriously injured. Another squirrel was spotted on the sidewalk nearby, and it did not move when the officer approached.

It was taken to the Animal Welfare League for examination, but upon arrival, the squirrel became alert and resisted attempts to be handled.

The officer saw a small cut on the top of its head and said the squirrel might have suffered some sort of trauma. Because the animal appeared to have recovered from the trauma, the officer took it to the area where it had been found and released it.

Posted by: PsyOps | October 10, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

BANKS looks great as long as he's not hit hard. So far so good. Anyody miss DT's returns at this point? Maybe later huh?

LO-A had a day on defense. The dude just gets better and better. ORAKPO and LANDREY laid down some sacks and hits didn't they? They could call holding on an o-lineman every time BRIAN takes to the rush.

HUNTER the PUNTER redeems himself today, and it was great to see the old warrior CP cheering on his team-mates.
Who would have thunk it, 3-2 five in, and 2-0 on the road and in the division. Super-dooper.

We need a pick-up on the o-line. Injuries are starting to take a toll. I'd love a trade of DOCK for a young mid-roung pick who's an up-and-comer.

And 'TD' MARKO MITCHELL is still out there in FA. DT too for that matter.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 10, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone heard what happened to Devin Thomas? Did he clear waivers? One report says that the Rams would be interested in him after they lost Mark Clayton today.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Banks reminds of Dante Hall, maybe a skinnier version.

Posted by: elfreako | October 10, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 10, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

You know sexy rexy or the Jets gm made sure deadspin was tipped about the favre texts. Classic, lol.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 10, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Run Banks Run!! BTW, F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | October 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

JC come back.

Banks is da man.

except for McNabb they brought in good players. I still think given what they want to do Rex would get them the same number of wins and they could draft a QB next year. JC would have 2 wins not three and is not a good fit for this offense.

No more soft zone! And don't throw and CR late in games have him drop the ball and make everyone go nuts every week.

3-4 might be a good fit for our young studs although, again not helping at the moment.

Posted by: mul123 | October 10, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh GB has a much better roster than we do at the moment.

I think only two or three of our players on offense would even be starting for them when healthy. Moss our left tackle and maybe TE.

Posted by: mul123 | October 10, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Pooopy did you have an Orioles Bird plastic baby toilet?

Posted by: periculum | October 10, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

With speed like that, they have to get him involved in the passing game. Donovan's been overthrowing people on the long balls. Here's a guy who can catch up to those passes.

Posted by: mcwop | October 10, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Banks makes Armstrong look enormous.

So, far Banks has taken his hits really well. He stiff armed a linebacker to the ground in Philly, and has often maintained momentum and kept going forward as he has been tackled. A lot of it is that even when he has been caught he does just enough to avoid big collisions.

However, at some point someone will land a big hit. That will be the acid test. I hope that he can get through this season without injury or a reputation for fumbling and add can then add a little more muscle mass during the off-season.

Posted by: WeNeedLinemen | October 11, 2010 4:58 AM | Report abuse

Very surprising: Brandon Lloyd, complete waste of a uniform while here, now has 580 plus yards and 3 touchdowns. Great example of a guy who plays for a contract and only for a contract.

Posted by: daglaw | October 11, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

injury report?

Posted by: WRBD | October 10, 2010 8:39 PM |

This from WaPo:

Saturday, October 9, 2010; 7:29 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Raleigh Avenue and N. Jordan Street, Sept. 29: A person called Animal Control about an injured squirrel on the sidewalk.


Posted by: PsyOps | October 10, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

LMAO!

Posted by: mj25 | October 11, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Brandon- Hope you don't fumble or get injured. Otherwise you're what the skins have lacked for a long time. A guy who can reverse the field position.

Game observations:

-McNabb is going to keep my cardiologist busy this season. Reports on him are right-sometimes great, sometimes you scratch your head. I'm hoarse from yelling at him.

-How'd they win with that O line? McNabb has got to be hurtin'.

-Freight Torain- love the effort and actaully seeing someone fight for extra yards, breaking the ocassional tackle. Don't get injured, and don't fumble.

-We got a bit lucky. Mathews and Lee go down on suspect injuries. Mathews was abusing us. If he stays in the whole game, don't think we come back.

-Where's Fred Davis? He was big for the Skins last year.

-Can't we get Banks on a few offensive plays? He's got too much speed not to give him two or three touches on offense a game.

Posted by: mj25 | October 11, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

BABY-BOY HAS SUM WHEELS } SPINNERS { TOOT OVER HERE & MCPOOP WON SPELLING BEE AT 7 YRS OLD WHILE STILL POOPING AND PEE-PEE IN TRAILER DOUBLEWIDE TOILIT.
FUNNY THANG TOILIT SEAT WAS SOLID PLASTIC WOOD TYPE...CHECK 123 CHECK MIC CHECK 987.

MS should look at Banks on offense using his possibly in 3 plays .

1. speed screen
2. quick slant
3. Please teach this young man [ DOUBLE MOVES] if banks can learn which he most know a thing or two about receiving the ball & running somewhat correct routes see (Devin Thomas )run routes the do the complete oppisite you"ll be fine & my buddy Kyle will talk you .. .. you up at dinner with dad .

Back to pass routes could you vision Banks in the spread look [ empty backfield ]

Z......*.*.o.*.*.........Y
qb H...X.S.

Moss-z
Armstrong-Y
Kooly-H
Davis-X
Banks-S
Banks can motion to the bunch look and this look can give these three endless routes to run. The purpose would be to have a backer or safety be force to cover Banks . I do not know of any two combos that could cover the man.
X & Y could release one inside as a pic and one up field as a blocker & Banks short inside step then out ../.. vica versa . My thang would be to run him across the formation as a (dig) route just like the route Kooly is running now thats open by eight yards. If we can get him in space with the ball I do not see any player on defense catching him except Darrel Green @ 48 years old could . By the way I watch # 28 run 2 weeks ago and he has lost a step. He is now running a 4.45 in the fourty...lol slow as shietzzs.

Gentleman the purpose of Banks on this roster is to change the game . The name of the game is to get Banks in space with the ball and shoulders square to the endzone . Thats been the key difference with the returns . Shoulders must be square to the endzone or you end up like Eli-May from Belvilly Hill Billies on your back heading west...!

Posted by: terryreece | October 11, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

hate to risk injury but BB needs to be on the field on third down some.

Posted by: kone | October 11, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Those asking about Banks being in on offense... didn't you see the game last week? He had that pass for a loss of 5 yards. I'm not ragging on him AT ALL -- big Banks fan here -- but just saying he was in there. From what I could tell, the loss of yardage wasn't on him -- the play didn't seem set up right from the start or Philly read it.

Otherwise, I saw Banks twice at training camp, and he's blazing fast. Yeah, he ain't gonna knock anyone over, but he can slip through anywhere and it's hard for players to see where he is.

As for taking a hit, he hasn't taken a monster hit, but he took a pretty good one on Sunday no problem. We'll just have to see. Let's just hope when it happens he lands in a friendly part of the seats.

Posted by: Andrew53 | October 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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