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.
Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.
He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out.
No tight end in the NFL forced more missed tackles on receptions than Vernon Davis in 2016. pic.twitter.com/zl1bCARLUa— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 22, 2017
There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss.
Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it.
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Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.
It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.
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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:
You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:
They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat):
For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.