Brandon Banks makes Redskins’ 53-man roster

Brandon Banks against the ColtsAug. 25. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

By Mike Jones

Washington Redskins receiver/return man Brandon Banks apparently showed coach Mike Shanahan all he needed to see during the preseason. The third-year pro has made the Redskins’ 53-man roster, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Shanahan said publicly this offseason that Banks needed to prove he could make the team as a wide receiver, and not just a returns specialist. During the preseason, after mustering only two catches on nine targets in the opener, Banks’ chances appeared to be in doubt. But two weeks later, he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown. And on Wednesday, he had a 47-yard reception and gained 43 yards on a reverse.

Banks has returned punts for touchdowns in each of the last three preseasons, but had received only limited chances at receiver before this year.

Also making the team at wide receiver is second-year pro Aldrick Robinson, who spent all of last season on the practice squad. Robinson had a strong showing in Week 2 of the preseason, recording six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. On Wednesday, he averaged 33.5 yards on two kick returns.

 

 

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