During the offseason, Coach Mike Shanahan explained to Brandon Banks that he had to earn a spot on the Redskins as wide receiver who could also return punts and kicks, not the other way around.After four preseason games, though, Banks claimed one of the 53 jobs at a position not listed on the roster: Playmaker.In three exhibition contests, Banks only made three receptions for 54 yards 47 of those came on a single catch and he struggled in Buffalo when he was targeted nine times.But the diminutive speedster managed to leave his mark on the field in other ways. So Shanahan elected to keep seven wide receivers in order to accommodate Banks and his game-breaking potential.He can make plays, Shanahan said. "We ran him around on a reverse against the Buccaneers and not many people can make a cornerback miss like that and get a 43 yard game.Hes a playmaker, the coach added. Hes proved that since hes been here, and were going to find ways to get him the football.Banks ranked second in the NFL among punt returners (who attempted more than one) during the preseason, averaging 23.0 yards on seven opportunities. That average included a punt 91-yard return for a touchdown against the Bears.If a guys going to make your football team, hes going to make your football team because hes a playmaker, Shanahan said. And like I said, if hes a wide receiver and hes catching a bubble screen or a running a reverse, hes got a chance to make plays.So, the coach continued, he made our football team because hes a football player, and I think he can add to winning games for us in the future."
Ryan Kerrigan joined CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay on Thursday evening to take your questions on Facebook Live, presented by Paisano's Pizza.
What did they get to? Here's a sampling of the questions:
- Does some deep-down part of him wish Robert Griffin III were playing this week when Cleveland comes to town?
- If the Redskins defense were a pizza topping, which would they be?
- Who is the hardest running back to take down?
- How did he get the idea for his sack dance?
That, plus many more, were answered in the nearly 25-minute conversation. Watch it all in the video player below:
An explosive talent with a long-record of off-field issues, Browns receiver Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he will head for rehab.
Gordon missed the entire 2015 season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, but when he has played, he has produced. In 14 starts during the 2013 season Gordon caught 87 balls for more than 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns.
A teammate of Robert Griffin III's at Baylor, some in Cleveland hoped that reuniting the QB and WR would bring back their college fireworks. That plan faded first when Griffin got injured Week 1, and while Gordon is still suspended, some hope remained that the two could connect later in the season. For now, it seems that plan will not work.
Without the decision to enter a rehab facility, Gordon would have missed the Redskins game this Sunday due to suspension.