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Shanahan: more needed from Banks

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Shanahan: more needed from Banks

Redskins’ punt and kick returner Brandon Banks has been put on notice, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.

Banks’ performance has come under scrutiny after he fielded a punt in the end zone against the Cowboys and got stopped at the Redskins’ seven-yard line.

“Brandon knows that he has to be smarter in the decision making,” Shanahan said after practice. “If he makes too many mistakes like that, then he’s not back there. We’re looking for some improvement, and hopefully it happens Monday night." 

Banks enters Monday’s pivotal matchup against the Giants as the 23rd ranked kick off returner, averaging 24.1 yards per return. On punts, he’s 24th, averaging 6.8 yards per. Banks has taken only two punt returns for more than 20 yards, a year after posting eight returns of at least 20 yards. His lone return for a touchdown came on a kickoff during the 2010 season.

“We want more production obviously,” Shanahan said. “We’re ranked where we’re ranked. You want to get better and that’s what we’re working on. It’s a collective group, just not one guy. We’re working on improving that area.”

Shanahan was careful not to place all the blame on Banks for the lack of production in the return game. But he also did not mince words.

“You only get so many chances and if you don’t take advantage of those chances,” Shanahan said, “then you’re not playing.” 

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Cousins confident but for now 'it's all just talk'

Cousins confident but for now 'it's all just talk'

RICHMOND—Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is ready to move on from all of the talk about how he and the Redskins offense will perform in 2016 and start to see it on the field.

“I think we're going to find out,” Cousins said when asked about where he is in the process of taking ownership of the starting quarterback job. “It's still so early in the development, we're still in the first day of camp in the preseason so we'll find out as we go.

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“For right now it's all talk but there's no doubt that you have more comfort if you've played and have been the starter and have been out there and had experiences. What we went through last year has helped me having confidence going forward. Hopefully it translates into a great offense and a lot of production but it's just talk right now until we go out there and do it.”

Cousins started the 2015 season off slowly after being named the starter just two weeks prior to the start of the season.

But he came on strong in the last 10 games, throwing 23 touchdowns and three interceptions. If he takes another step forward the Redskins’ offense could be one of the best in the league.

But, as Cousins said, for now that’s just talk. We will see how it turns out when they start playing the games.

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Kirk Cousins happy with pay raise, won't have any complaints

Kirk Cousins happy with pay raise, won't have any complaints

RICHMOND — By now the story is almost tired.

Yes, the Redskins and Kirk Cousins could not come to a long-term agreement after the quarterback signed a one-year deal. Yes, the Redskins and Cousins did not even really come close to terms. But now, on the first day of training camp, the contract discussion can end.

Why? Cousins explained it best.

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"I feel comfortable. I got a pretty good raise this year," Cousins said, referencing his  nearly $20 million salary for this season.

"Last year I was looking at a one year deal making a lot less than I'm making this year. I feel fine," he said.

Most important, Cousins made clear "you’re not going to hear any complaints from me."

On Wednesday Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he expected Cousins to be focsued solely on football, not contracts. Gruden's expectation came true with Cousins comments Thursday, which is good news for both. 

"In this league it’s one year at a time – whether you’re on a long-term deal, one-year deal or two-year deal," Cousins said. "I mean, I had a four-year deal as a rookie but it didn’t feel like a four-year deal, it felt like a one-day deal every single day I was here."

Gruden and Cousins showed a lot of potential as a duo in 2015, and the 'Skins hope to grow from last season's moderate success.

"We’ve got a long time until September 12 against the Steelers so we’ll just keep building until that day and trust that each day is a step in the right direction."

YOU CAN WATCH COUSINS ENTIRE THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

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Junior Galette willing to 'travel around the world' in order to avoid surgery

Junior Galette willing to 'travel around the world' in order to avoid surgery

Junior Galette has been here before.

The Redskins linebacker is once again facing a full season on the shelf thanks to a right Achilles injury he suffered just days before training camp

It is the same position Galette was in a season ago, when a left Achilles injury stopped him from ever taking the field with the Redskins.

But after having surgery in 2015, the former Temple Owl is willing to do whatever it takes to avoid having to undergo surgery again.

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Other than investing in bionic legs or using duct tape (Both of which were suggested by Twitter users), there are not many options.

Galette could opt to forgo surgery in favor of letting it heal on its own, but immobilization is more likely to lead to another tear than surgery would. 

The immobilization process is not recommended for someone who is actively trying to return to professional sports, even if he has roughly a full calendar year to do so.

At 6-2, 256 pounds, Galette's Achilles tendon is of major importance, and allowing it to heal on its own may not be the best course of action, despite Galette not wanting to go the surgery route.

He could opt for the controversial method of stem cell therapy. Many NFL players have traveled abroad in the past to be injected with stem cells in order to speed up the recovery process. But typically stem cell therapy is used as an aid to surgery, not an alternative.

Nonetheless, the next month is going to be painful for Galette and not just because of his injured Achilles tendon.

He is going to have to make a difficult decision on his future all while watching his teammates getting ready for theirs without him.

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