Something I left out of Thursday’s training camp notes:
The Redskins had just three players fielding punts during the special teams portion of yesterday’s practice. Actually, four players were gathered near where the JUGS machine was sending punts. Incumbent Brandon Banks, second-year receiver Aldrick Robinson and rookie free agent receiver Brian Hernandez actually fielded punts while veteran Santana Moss watched.
The punts were fielded flawlessly with the exception of one muffed Hernandez, the player who can least afford a gaffe. He dropped and did some pushups after the miscue but that won’t erase the fumble from the eye in the sky.
This is something that I’ll be sure to monitor from day to day. Banks has been told that the team will not keep him as just a return specialist, that he must be able to contribute at wide receiver to stay on the roster. Since that is problematic, the competition at the position is very real. We will see how it turns out.