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."
Redskins safety Su'a Cravens might have thought an interception in Friday's practice would earn him good will for his rookie skit later that night. Boy, was he wrong.
In a delightful tale relayed by ESPN's John Keim, Cravens was literally pelted with paper balls and booed off the stage as he attempted to perform "Confessions" by Usher.
“Everyone likes Usher. I’m thinking this is easy money,” Cravens said.
“The first two acts in front of me, they sung. Everyone let them go. I’m like, ‘OK, it’s going to be a smooth transition.’ Soon as I start it’s like, ‘Booooo!’… I started and I’m getting paper balls, boos and, ‘Stone him!’”
Stone him? What is this, ancient Greece?
When asked what happened, Cravens pointed the finger at linebacker Will Compton. “Will had it out for me,” he told Keim. “He told everyone to boo me before I even started.”
Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois didn't deny Compton was behind it.
“All you see is paper balls flying across from everywhere. [Cravens is] trying to get it off. He wanted to use his music and he had strobe lights," Jean-Francois said.
"Even people that did get a song off, all you saw is flying paper balls left and right. [Compton] was setting him up for failure. We wanted him to go up there to see how it feels.”
Is this sour grapes by veterans who don't appreciate a rookie showing off at camp?
Or do people genuinely not like Usher anymore? Yeah, nah. Usher is the best.
Chris Baker always seems to be the guy photobombing his teammates. This time, they exacted revenge.
As Baker sat down with Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay, a parade of Redskins clowned in the background. The best was Niles Paul, who battered Swaggy with what look like foam bats used in ball security drills.
Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet.
It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp.
At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest.
Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes.
Tony Romo done ate Tony Romo pic.twitter.com/T7oti51llp— Vlad (@slightwork352) July 30, 2016
Tony Romo better at finishing his 4th quarter pounder than 4th quarters.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 30, 2016
Blue 42 .. Blue 42.. Pizza Hut! Hut! pic.twitter.com/dNEwd7cG7T— Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) July 30, 2016
Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc.
In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment.
For all of you freaking out... here you go. Much better angle here pic.twitter.com/MmHzpsMPV9— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 30, 2016
Yeah, not so fat here.
Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."
Just talked to @michaelirvin88 about the Tony Romo "fat" pic. Michael: "I just had lunch with him last Tuesday. Tony looks fine."— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 30, 2016
The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?