Last year, Brandon Banks lined up to return every kickoff and every punt. He saw very limited action on offense, just a handful of snaps.
The latter part will have to change if the first part is going to happen again in 2012.
Mike Shanahan said today that Banks will need to contribute as a wide receiver if he is going to make the team.
“I called him in early and I told him that he was going to have to help us at the wide reciever position as well if he wanted to make this football team,” said Shanahan. “And he accepted the challenge.”
Shanahan said that Banks came into the offseason program in excellent shape and that he has added about 10 pounds to his 5-7 frame.
“It’s really positive what he’s done,” said Shanahan. “Hopefully he can continue to do it.”
Banks may have to provide more than just depth at wide receiver; with 46 players active on game day he could have to play meaningful snaps. Normally there are four or five receivers on the active list each game. If Banks is one of those he will have to play in some packages and would play a major role if someone got hurt during the game.
That would be a big step up for Banks, who has three career receptions in his two years in the league.