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Brandon Banks Preparing For Chance To Be Full-Time Receiver
ASHBURN – Brandon Banks was able to make the Washington Redskins last season, his second, strictly as a returner. That won’t happen this year, head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, with depth at a premium.
“I called him in early and I told him he’s going to have to help us at the wide receiver position as well if he’s going to make this football team,” Shanahan said. “He accepted the challenge and came [to camp] in excellent shape.”
Shanahan said Banks has gained approximately 10 pounds since last season, when he had 155 pounds on his 5-foot-7 frame. He saw time at each receiver spot during minicamp, but will have to battle 11 others in training camp if he’s to have a shot.
He caught one pass last season – a 10-yard grab against Philadelphia in the final game of the season – after catching two in 2010. In fact, his most notable offensive contribution to the Redskins was when he threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss against New England.
“I think he understands how competitive our situation is right now on our football team,” Shanahan said. “Not only does he have to do a great job as a return man, but he has to help us at the wide receiver position as well if he wants to make our football team.”