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Is Banks a lock to make the roster?

Is Banks a lock to make the roster?

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.

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A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

There are 14,400 six-second increments in every day, which means a single six-second increment is usually not all that important. That all changed in January 2013, however, when Vine launched and turned any six second window into a place of endless possibilities. 

Sadly, on Thursday, Twitter announced that it was going to discontinue Vine, and the app was going to fade away in the near future. Vine's website will be kept online, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of good news; once the app goes away, so, too, does the chance to create new material.

As our form of tribute to what's become a social media staple, here are the 10 best Vines CSNMA has captured in the past few years. Feel free to play this song as you begin watching to truly enhance the somber mood. 

10) If every state had an official Vine, like they do flags and mottos and birds, this would be Pennsylvania's state Vine:

9) When you have a goal, you have to give 110 percent to accomplish that goal. You have to fight for it, sacrifice for it and do anything to complete it. It should be all that you think about, from the second you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night.

But, if you get tired after a few seconds, it's OK to move on:

8) Most bosses would terminate you the instant you gave them a purple nurple. Jay Gruden isn't most bosses.

7) Vine became really relevant about four years ago and lived a bright and intense life, but it looks like it's going to disappear far too soon.

Sounds a lot like this former Redskins quarterback:

6) Stephen A. Smith would disagree with the inclusion of this Vine:

5) When the Running Man phenomenon swept the nation a few months ago, a lot of people did the dance really well. Then you have these two:

4) Is it too late to get Alex Ovechkin on the presidential ticket? 

3) It takes a special person to essentially turn Bryce Harper into a muscular medal rack:

2) It should be a law that anyone who wants to play hockey must first view this Vine before deciding whether to actually pursue the sport:

1) CSNMA's Vine account has roughly 65 million views. This clip, which is the living embodiment of the phrase, "Right place, right time," has 45 million of those views. Kirk Cousins is to CSNMA's Vine views what Justin Bieber is to YouTube's video views:

Farewell, old friend.


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No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

LONDON - Working their way through the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins announced Thursday that tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman will travel with the team to London.

Cleared to practice and cleared to play are two different things, but it's certainly a good sign that Reed and Norman can fly over the Atlantic with the team.

Arguably the team's best two players, Reed hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the win against Baltimore, though the tight end finished that game. Norman also suffered a concussion, but it came last week against the Lions.

It's interesting that Reed's concussion forced him to miss two games, where Norman might be able to play this week without missing any games. Keep in mind Reed's extensive concussions history could be a factor. 

On the season, Reed has 33 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns, all numbers that led the team when he was injured. Norman has one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

Both players would be big help for Washington, especially Norman. The Bengals prominently feature A.J. Green, perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. Jay Gruden made clear he'd like Norman to cover Green, and with Thursday's news, perhaps the $75 million man will do just that.

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