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.
It looks like Brian Stork will play for the Redskins after all.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media Stork, who was acquired from the Patriots yesterday, will report to Redskins Park this weekend to get to work with the team.
New #Redskins center Bryan Stork is expected to be in town and ready to go this weekend, source said. Would shut down retirement talk.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2016
Shortly after the deal for Stork was reported on Wednesday word came out that the third-year center and guard would retire. It appears that he reconsidered overnight and will join the Redskins.
Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.
Just what Stork’s role in Washington will be remains to be seen. Speaking to the media today after a practice at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, Jay Gruden spoke of Stork as a depth addition. That may be true but he also could get a shot at displacing incumbent center Kory Lichtensteiger, who is 31 and coming off of a season where he missed 11 games with a neck and shoulder injury.
For his part, Stork has not been a model of durability during his two NFL seasons, missing 10 games due to injures including the seven with the concussion noted above.
The situation will sort itself out over the coming days and weeks. The only thing we know now is that Stork is likely to report and that alone makes their line better and deeper.
The Redskins are heading in to their third preseason game and next Tuesday the bubble will burst for about a dozen players as they cut their roster down to 75. Then on September 3, just nine days from today, the roster will be cut to 53.
Many of the roster spots are set but there are enough jobs up for grabs to make the last two practice games interesting. One important thing to keep in mind is that Jay Gruden said last week that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to trimming the roster to 53. With two games in the books we have a lot of evidence to work with.
Redskins blogger Rich Tandler sorts out the bubble and gives you what he thinks the roster will look like when the make the final cut to 53.
Thursday the Redskins will take their show on the road, as the team will do their walk-through before the Bills game in front of military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. With Wednesday's whirlwind pursuit of Bryan Stork still somewhat fluid, there will be plenty to watch.
- Stork reactions - Players will likely speak sparingly Thursday following their walk-through session but the big question will be about the the former Patriots center. Where does he fit and how do the current players fit in with Stork will dominate the discussion.
- Getting specific - So what happens now at the center position? Is Stork a move for depth or to compete with Kory Lichtensteiger as the starting center? What does this mean for Spencer Long, or even more, Josh LeRibeus?
- Focus on the game - Despite all the noise surrounding the Stork trade, Washington has a game to play Friday night. A preseason game, yes, but the third preseason game where expectations are starters will play the first half. This is the most important - and for some only - live action before Week 1 against the Steelers. The Skins need to be ready.
Stay tuned all day for updates from @JPFinlayCSN.