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."
LANDOVER, Md.—After a week of uncertainty about the status of starters Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, the Redskins have announced their inactives against the Raiders.
The storylines leading into the matchup have centered on the matchup between quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr, as well as the resurgent return of Oakland's Marshawn Lynch.
REDSKINS vs. RAIDERS WEEK 3 INACTIVES
The following players are inactive for the Redskins:
- OL Tyler Catalina
- OL T.J. Clemmings
- CB Josh Holsey
- DE Anthony Lanier
- LB Mason Foster
- RB Rob Kelley
- TE Jordan Reed
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Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury that knocked him out of the Redskins’ win over the Rams last week in the second quarter. There was hope all week that he could play as he participated in practice on a limited basis all week. He was listed as questionable for the game. His absence means that Mack Brown will be active for the first time this year. He may get some carries in relief of starter Samaje Perine.
Reed also was questionable. He was out of practice on Monday but he was able to come back and go on a limited basis the next two days. The Pro Bowler is one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets and his absence will be felt. Vernon Davis will start in his place and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle is active.
Foster was one of the Redskins’ heroes in the win last week, getting the game-clinching interception. He separated his shoulder during the game and popped it back into place and continued playing. Will Compton will start in his inside linebacker spot.
Sunday Night Football on NBC is in Washington, D.C. for Week 3 of the NFL Season as the Redskins (1-1) host the Raiders (2-0) in the most intriguing game of the early season.
The Redskins defense has two weeks of solid play under its belt but will need 60 minutes of elite defensive football in order to slow down Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. The Redskins dealt with a lot of nagging injuries following their win over the Rams in Week 2. Running back Rob Kelley won't be in uniform tonight and the status of Jordan Reed remains unclear.
That's important, because the Redskins will need to get the offense going in a hurry. Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed — if healthy — will be asked to keep up with the Raiders' high-octane offense. A task easier said than done.
The Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Raiders takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra.
Be sure to join us in the live blog below and leave a game comment in the comment section at the bottom.
REDSKINS VS. RAIDERS WEEK 3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:
7:04 p.m.: Here is the full list of inactives. Tonight could get interesting.
6:58 p.m.: No Rob Kelley or Jordan Reed for the Redskins tonight vs. the Raiders. Dang.
Rob Kelley and Jordan Reed inactive— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) September 24, 2017
6:40 p.m.: The inactive list should be coming out shortly. Will Jordan Reed be dressed? Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle was dressed and on the field for warmups if that is any indication.
6:35 p.m.: MARSHAWN LYNCH IS HERE AND OH MY GOD HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERVILLIAN.
Beast Mode x Bane. pic.twitter.com/vrTkCuoQu8— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) September 24, 2017
6 30 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 2 live blog of the Redskin vs. Rams game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at FedEx Field for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around.