The conventional wisdom floating around is that Brandon Banks made the 2012 Redskins roster on Saturday night when the fielded a punt at the nine, followed his blocking to the right, turned on the jets and rolled 91 yards for a touchdown.A team that has struggled on offense in recent times and is starting a rookie quarterback certainly needs all of the field position advantage it can get. You cant let go of someone like Banks, who can flip field position in a heartbeat, can you?Mike Shanahan was asked that yesterday. At first he seemed to agree with the notion that Banks is a lock to make the 53.When a guy has game-breaking potential and ability, which he has shown, it is tough not to keep a guy like that, he said.In his next breath, however, Shanahan hit the brakes on the idea that Banks has it made.But we have a lot of competition and that is what you want to have, he said. Who else can return punts? Who else can play wide receiver? That is what you have to evaluate and sometimes you let some good football players go.So perhaps some other players will return some punts in the remaining two preseason games. Rookie cornerback Richard Crawford got a shot against the Bills and he acquitted himself well with three returns for an average of 14 yards. Receiver Aldrick Robinson line up to catch punts during training camp and it wouldnt be surprising to see him get a few returns.Banks did not do well when the team tried to see what he could do at receiver against the Bills. He was targeted nine times and caught just two passes for seven yards. But not all of the passes counted as Banks targets were really catchable and he has been playing well at receiver in practice. He should get more time there to show what he can do.It seems that Shanahan was not bluffing in the spring when the said that Banks would have to contribute at wide receiver if he wants to be a part of the 2012 Redskins. It looks like Banks will have to show something at receiver if he wants to guarantee himself a spot on the roster.What do you think? Does Banks have a roster spot in the bag? Should he? Let us know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
The Redskins announced the moves of two veterans to injured reserve and the signing of a veteran center. They also promoted a player from the practice squad.
They sent safety DeAngelo Hall and center Kory Lichtensteiger to injured reserve. Hall suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Giants and Lichtensteiger sustained a calf strain.
To take those spots on the roster, the Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan and offensive lineman Vinston Painter was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Sullivan, was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014. The 31-year-old missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
The Redskins claimed Painter off of waivers in August but released him when they cut down to 53 players. He was then signed to the practice squad.
Hall and Lichtensteiger are no strangers to injured reserve. It’s the second straight season Lichtensteiger has been on injured reserve. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned. Hall tore his Achilles in 2014 and spent the last 11 games on injured reserve.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, either player would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. With the ACL injury that will not happen for Hall but if Lichtensteiger could return if the calf heals. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
The Redskins may have a roster hole to fill at center and according to a report they are set to sign a veteran to do the job.
The Redskins are going to sign John Sullivan, who was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury he sustained against the Giants on Sunday. Jay Gruden described Lichtensteiger’s situation as “week to week” during his press conference on Monday.
The Redskins will have to make a roster move when the do sign Sullivan, whether it’s Lichtensteiger to IR or something else.
If Lichtensteiger does go on injured reserve it will be the second consecutive year on the shelf for him. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, Lichtensteiger would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.