Banks bottled up, but Shanahan not worried

The St. Louis Rams on Sunday kept Washington Redskins kick/punt return specialist Brandon Banks in check, limiting him to an average of 17.5 yards on kickoff returns and just 0.8 yards on four punt returns.

Banks boasts electrifying speed, but didn’t break open a runback, or have much of an impact in Washington’s field possession.

The Dallas Cowboys limited Banks the week before, and since he recorded a 34-yard punt return and a 31-yard kick return against Arizona, the 5-foot-6, 151-pound Banks has been relatively quiet.

Shanahan said Banks, who last season averaged 25 yards a kick return and 11.3 yards a punt return, isn’t the problem, however. The coach believes that continued attention to detail and additional work in practices, Banks and his blockers will get on track soon.

“When you have 11 people out there – 10 people blocking then a returner – it’s a combination of everybody,” Shanahan said. “It only takes one person. That’s why you’ve got to keep working every day. There’s no magic formula except a bunch of guys working together.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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