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A Washington Redskins Return Man Solution: Kansas State WR Brandon Banks

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMay 10, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Wide receiver Brandon Banks of Kansas State catches the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins do not have a legitimate player on their roster who can return both kicks and punts for them in the upcoming 2010 season.

In 2009, there were three different players who returned punts and two that returned kicks.

Now with the departure of receiver Antwaan Randal El and running back Rock Cartwright, both who returned kicks and punts while in Washington, the Redskins need to figure out a solution as to who will be their special teams threat.

In a league that has Josh Cribbs, Darren Sproles, Ted Ginn Jr. and Percy Harvin; the NFL is slowly becoming a three-dimensional league since there are three facets to the game of football.

Offense fills the seats, defense wins championships and now special teams returners make highlight reels just as much as the offensive and defensive players do.

With that being said the Redskins need to look at their roster and realize that Santana Moss is too valuable to the offense to return anything and both receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have not lived up to their draft potential at all.

There may be a dark horse returner in the midst of the roster, but it is not an obvious one once you take a look at it on nfl.com.

This brings in the possiblity of taking a look at Kansas State speedster Brandon Banks to be the sole special teams returner in 2010.

Banks is very small for an NFL player at 5'7" and 149 pounds, but so is Sproles at 5'6", but he does weigh 35 pounds more than Banks which helps.

Remember he did play football in college and got hit many times at Kansas State.

Despite is diminutive size, Banks is a burner and rumor has it that he ran a 4.25 40-yard dash while in college which would challenge that of the current fastest player in the NFL, Titans running back Chris Johnson.

Who would win in a race?

Many would probably pay to witness that true test of speed.

In his 2009 college season, Banks returned not one or two kicks for touchdowns, but four.

A deadly returner is needed, one who can not only get them great field position, but make the highlight reels taking a few to the house.

If size is not a concern, then the Redskins may have to look no further than Mr. Banks.


(Please click here to check out an interview with Brandon Banks that took place prior to the 2010 NFL Combine.)

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