Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Brandon banks needs to improve after his poor performance against the Bills.
Given an ultimatum by Mike Shanahan prior to camp, Brandon Banks looked to be responding appropriately. Reports from camp made reference to his speed and ability to get separation from defenders, so it looked as if Banks would prove himself as a viable receiving threat.
Unfortunately, this was undone by his performance in the Buffalo game on Thursday.
It has long been a criticism of Banks that his height prevents him from making big-time plays, and Rich Campbell added weight to that theory when reporting on the game for the Washington Times:
He lost two jump ball situations on deep passes. It’s also difficult for Banks to shield defenders with his body. He dropped one pass when a defender popped him from behind as the ball arrived.
On a third quarter running play, FS Delano Howell simply ran through Banks’ block and helped stop RB Alfred Morris for only 2 yards.
Campbell did mention Banks' ability to get separation with his pace, however, and it is this that may yet convince Mike Shanahan to keep him on the roster.
Aldrick Robinson is the man who now stands in his way, as he possesses the same attributes as Banks, with the added benefit of a good preseason performance.
Robinson had been inconsistent in camp leading up to the Bills game, but now it seems that he might have the edge on Banks following some useful cuts to gain a couple of first downs at key moments. He also has a three-inch height advantage over Banks, which may yet prove to be crucial as the season draws near.