Wide receiver Brandon Banks’ 91-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears was a necessary reminder of his explosiveness in the return game. He didn’t score a touchdown in 16 games last season, as the new advanced kickoff location limited his opportunities, so it was fair to wonder whether he still had the ability. Seeing is believing.
What that means for his roster chances, though, isn’t as clear. Coach Mike Shanahan hedged when asked about that Monday.
“When a guy has game-breaking potential and ability, which he has shown, it is tough not to keep a guy like that,” Shanahan said. “But we have a lot of competition and that is what you want to have. Who else can return punts? Who else can play wide receiver? That is what you have to evaluate and sometimes you let some good football players go.”
Banks shrugged off his touchdown after the game. He actually seemed glum after not taking any snaps at receiver following an unimpressive stint as a receiver against Buffalo.
Returning kicks “is what I do best, I think, but I still got to work on wide receiver right now,” Banks said. “Everybody knows I’ve got to make the team at wide receiver, so that’s what I’m focused on.”