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Brandon Banks Provides Added Dimension With Option Runs

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – Brandon Banks appreciated the opportunity to make a few plays for the Washington Redskins, but he wished he could have been able to do a bit more.


Banks ran three times for 29 yards in the Redskins’ 38-31 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, all on option pitches from quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second half. The play offered an added dimension to the running game after Washington struggled to gain ground and score points in the first half.

“It changed a lot, especially for the defense,” said Banks, who played three snaps in the first two games combined. “They’ve got to try to stop three people at once. You’ve got to stop [Alfred] Morris and you’ve got to stop RG, and then they pitch to me, they’ve got to stop me. It’s a hard deal, so hopefully, we keep that going and we get better off of it.”

Banks had one carry in the preseason, taking the ball 43 yards on a reverse against Tampa Bay. That play served as another example as to what Banks could do for the Redskins on offense.

“He makes big plays easily,” Morris said. “Robert can, and sometimes I can. I do my best to keep up with those guys, so you never know who’s going to get the ball, [and] it definitely threw a curveball at the defense. They didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t know who was getting the ball, so it definitely helped us start getting rolling once we got into that second half.”

Washington ran for 213 yards on 34 plays, an average of 6.3 yards per play, after running for 62 yards on 10 attempts in the first half. Morris finished with 78 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while Griffin ran 12 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

The 213 rushing yards were the most for the Redskins since they had 296 against the New York Jets on Nov. 4, 2007.