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At 5-7, 155 pounds, his speed and shiftiness are critical assets in the return game, but his size limits his effectiveness as a receiver. He has to make his mark on special teams.

“I’m not too happy with [the rule], and I think Brandon can agree,” said Redskins receiver Terrence Austin, who kneeled on a kickoff in the end zone for a touchback Friday. “He’s a special guy. If it’s 8 yards deep, he’s the type of guy that would be able to take it out.”

Also hurting Banks’ push to make the roster again in his second NFL season is lingering soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. He missed practice Sunday after having “a few CCs” of fluid drained from it, coach Mike Shanahan said.

“That’s part of camp, part of the process,” Shanahan said. “As he gets in better football shape, he’s going to feel better in game situations. Our game plan is to have him full speed by the first game of the season.”

Banks is eager to be full-speed ahead, too, both health-wise and coming out of the end zone.

“Whenever Danny gives me the green light,” he said, “that’s when I go.”