Banks makes final roster

Banks makes final roster

Wide receiver Brandon Banks has been informed that hes made the Redskins, Comcast SportsNets Chick Hernandez reported this morning.Banks had been the most significant question mark entering cutdown day. But a source close to Banks told Hernandez that the pint-sized playmaker is not a bubble guy and that his spot on the 53-man roster, which must be submitted to the NFL at 9 p.m., is safe.Banks likely secured his position with three plays this preseason.Although Banks muffed a punt and lost a fumble while filling in at tailback Wednesday against Tampa Bay at FedEx Field, the generously listed 5 foot 7, 153-pound fourth-year pro hauled in a 47-yard reception on a diving catch and took a reverse 43 yards into Buccaneers territory.Against the Bears, Banks provided the top highlight of the Redskins exhibition season when he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown.Told by Coach Mike Shanahan at the outset of camp that he had to contribute at wide receiver in order to make the team, Banks likely proved himself to be too valuable as a game-breaker on special teams.In all this preseason, Banks returned seven punts for 161 yards (23 yards per), took back four kicks for 102 yards and made three receptions for 54 yards.After Wednesdays game, Banks was confident he would catch on somewhere, if not Washington.I think I put enough on film to still have a job somewhere, Banks said. If not here, somewhere else.

Cowboys roll the dice, select linebacker Jaylon Smith in 2nd round

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Cowboys roll the dice, select linebacker Jaylon Smith in 2nd round

And we thought the Cowboys were taking a chance with their first-round pick. They really rolled the dice tonight.

After taking a running back in the first round last night the Cowboys took a player who won’t play in 2016 with their second-round pick.

Last night it was Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in the draft, generally considered to be way too high to draft a running back. Tonight it was Jaylon Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker who won’t play in 2016.

Smith was on his way to being a top-10 pick in the draft until he suffered a serious knee injury in the Fighting Irish’s bowl game. He was diagnosed with nerve damage as a result of the injury. That scared teams off until the Cowboys took him with the 34th overall pick in the draft.

If he can play in 2017 he could be quite a boost to the Dallas defense. Smith was an excellent all-around defender at Notre Dame and he could give the Redskins problems in both the running and passing game.

But if there is a lingering issue with the knee, Smith could either not play or have the quality of his play diminished. That’s a gamble that the Cowboys are willing to take.

One reason that the Cowboys may be confident in their wager is that the doctor who performed the surgery on Smith is one of their team physicians so they may have had better information than most of the other teams out there.

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New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

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New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

New Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson says he’s fully recovered from the wrist injury that cut short his senior season at TCU.

Doctson, who was drafted No. 22 overall by Washington on Thursday, had pins surgically inserted into his left wrist after a defender fell on him during the Horned Frogs’ 49-29 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 7.

Doctson missed TCU’s final two regular season games and eventually was ruled out of the Alamo Bowl, as well. The 6 foot 2, 202 pounder was also forced to withdraw from the Senior Bowl.

Doctson, however, told reporters on Thursday night that he’s been full-go since late February.

“I was full strength by the end of the combine,” he said via conference call from Chicago. “There’s nothing wrong with my wrist, nothing wrong with my body.”

Doctson added: “Everything is working 100 percent, and like I said, I’m ready to get back on the field.”

Which, of course, is good news since the Redskins plan to use their new receiver extensively in 2016 and he’ll need all of the practice reps he can get this spring and summer. Rookie minicamp is scheduled to be held at Redskins Park early next month and will be followed by the start of OTAs on May 24.

Gruden compares Doctson to Bengals Pro Bowl receiver

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Gruden compares Doctson to Bengals Pro Bowl receiver

Yes, Jay Gruden went there.

Shortly after the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson the Redskins head coach went to the podium and compared the wide receiver to a receiver who played for Gruden when he was the Bengals offensive coordinator. A very good player.

“[Doctson] reminded me a lot of A.J. [Green] that we took a couple years ago in Cincinnati. He’s six-foot-two, A.J. was six-foot-four, but he’s got that same type of body control and the ability to high point it which is big time.”

The Bengals drafted Green with the fourth pick of the first round in 2011, the same year that Gruden came to Cincinnati. In five years in the NFL, Green has made the Pro Bowl five times. He has averaged 83 receptions, for 1,234 yards and nine touchdowns per season. The performance was good enough to earn his a four-year, $60 million contract extension prior to last season.

The Redskins would be ecstatic if the can get such production out of Doctson and it’s not out of the realm of possibility for him. But he certainly doesn’t need the comparison or to be referred to as “the next A.J. Green” to create some unnecessary pressure on him.

Perhaps the next opportunity he gets, Gruden should deliver the old line that he just wants his new receiver to be the first Josh Doctson and leave it at that.