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Brandon Banks expects Redskins to continue success with option plays

Wide receiver/return man Brandon Banks thinks the Redskins can effectively run the triple option offense occasionally, regardless of how much film of it opponents study.

Brandon Banks had three carries for 29 yards on option plays for Washington Sunday. (Washington Post/John McDonnell)

 Banks has earned additional playing time because of he poses a threat as a halfback on option plays. On Sunday, he had three carries for 29 yards, lining up at receiver before going in motion to start in the backfield for six plays in a 10-play, 86-yard scoring drive in the third quarter.

On the same drive, Robert Griffin III kept the ball twice and picked up a total of 12 yards, and running back Alfred Morris had 22 yards on four carries on option plays.

“If not all of the three then one of the three, or two of the three — one of us are eventually going to get some positive yardage, so it feels kind of good,” Banks said Thursday. “I would like to be doing it all season. Any time I can get the ball in my hands and help the offense move ball down the field, it feels good.”

 Banks ran the option in high school, and ran a lot of option and Wildcat plays his senior year at Kansas State. He had been limited primarily to special teams play his first two seasons with Washington, but now has a greater role, in part  thanks to the addition of the option schemes.

 The Redskins kept the Bengals off balance with the scheme, and Banks believes it can remain an effective wrinkle in Washington’s offense.

 “We can probably do it a good six, seven times a game. It just adds another dimension to the offense, because what it does, is it gives the other team something else to study for,” Banks said. “We’ve got a lot for them to study for with RG throwing the ball, running the ball, then we’ve got the option.”

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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