Camp of ‘unfamiliarity’ for Redskins special teams

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Friday’s special teams highlight was undrafted rookie Brandon Banks’ 77-yard punt return for a touchdown, but Banks also muffed a punt and is considered very raw. Veteran cornerback Phillip Buchanon is listed atop the depth chart, but he returned only four punts over the past two years with Tampa Bay and Detroit.

It all adds up to some interesting drama for the special teams coach over the next few weeks.

“We’ve got some pretty good players at those positions,” Smith said, “and it’s our job as coaches to pick the right ones.”

Notes: WR Malcolm Kelly remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and won’t practice until Tuesday at the earliest. … RT Jammal Brown (hip) and QB Richard Bartel (hamstring) returned to practice. … Having reviewed the video, Shanahan had a favorable review for Albert Haynesworth, who is playing second-string nose tackle after a prolonged saga over workouts and conditioning tests. “What I usually do is look at how hard people play,” Shanahan said. “Albert played eight plays, and in those eight plays he gave everything he had, so I was pleased.” Haynesworth continued to work mostly with the second unit at practice Sunday.

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