The Washington Redskins roster this preseason was the deepest it has ever been in recent years. With the new depth, especially at wide receiver, Brandon Banks found himself fighting for his life to stay on the team. Mike Shanahan challenged Banks to be more than just a punt returner. Banks knew he had to play his best preseason football in order to make the Redskins 53.
Banks' last preseason game can sum up why the pros of keeping Banks outweigh the cons. In his last preseason game, he averaged 13.2 yards on punt returns and had both a 47-yard catch and a 43-yard run.
Even Banks didn't know if it was enough to keep him on the team. Mark Maske of the Washington Post quoted Banks after the last preseason game,
“I think I put enough on film that I’ll still have a job somewhere—if not here, somewhere else.”
That last part "if not here, somewhere else" is one of the main reasons the Redskins couldn't let Banks go. While the Redskins questioned if they could afford to keep Banks as a special teams player, other teams such as the NY Giants, could have found room on their roster for Banks.
While Banks' preseason wasn't perfect, he accepted Shanahan's challenge and won the battle at wide receiver over the likes of Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin.
Here are four reasons the Redskins decided to hold onto Banks and why they were right in doing so.