Wide receiver Brandon Banks has been informed that he’s made the Redskins, Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez reported this morning.
Banks had been the most significant question mark entering cutdown day. But a source close to Banks told Hernandez that the pint-sized playmaker is “not a bubble” guy and that his spot on the 53-man roster, which must be submitted to the NFL at 9 p.m., is safe.
Banks likely secured his position with three plays this preseason.
Although Banks muffed a punt and lost a fumble while filling in at tailback Wednesday against Tampa Bay at FedEx Field, the generously listed 5 foot 7, 153-pound fourth-year pro hauled in a 47-yard reception on a diving catch and took a reverse 43 yards into Buccaneers’ territory.
Against the Bears, Banks provided the top highlight of the Redskins’ exhibition season when he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown.
Told by Coach Mike Shanahan at the outset of camp that he had to contribute at wide receiver in order to make the team, Banks likely proved himself to be too valuable as a game-breaker on special teams.
In all this preseason, Banks returned seven punts for 161 yards (23 yards per), took back four kicks for 102 yards and made three receptions for 54 yards.
After Wednesday’s game, Banks was confident he would catch on somewhere, if not Washington.
“I think I put enough on film to still have a job somewhere,” Banks said. “If not here, somewhere else.”