- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Move over, Usain Bolt. The fastest man in the world just might be Washington Redskins wide receiver and return specialist Brandon Banks. Or at least, in America. Just ask him.

“I’m the fastest guy on the team, I’m the fastest guy in the league, I’m the fastest guy almost in America,” Banks said with a laugh. “No, I’m just playing,”

Banks’ time in the 40-yard dash has been clocked at around 4.25 seconds.

“Speed kills in this league, so that’s kind of the slogan I go by,” he said. “My speed gives me an opportunity to go by guys and make them miss.”

At 5-foot-7 and around 155 pounds, Banks knows he’s hardly built like a typical football player. But he’s made a career with speed and quickness, and an ability to run around a wall of defenders that he’s too small to run over.

“My role is to field kicks, get good field position and try to put six on the board, which is what I want to do every time I touch the ball,” he said. “Hopefully, I can do that and put us in a position to win.”

During last week’s 22-21 win over Arizona, Banks made a 35-yard gain on a return when he eluded three blockers coming up the middle by literally running around them.

“I rely on my speed and just touch the blockers, guys like [fullback] Darrel Young and [linebacker] Lorenzo Alexander,” Banks said. “They basically get me to the wall by coming in and making enough good blocks.”

Banks knows all about running around, over, and through walls — he’s done it all his life.

“I just use it as motivation,” Banks said of the phrase he’s heard since he was young: that he was too small to make it in the NFL.

“I like when people tell me I can’t make it because it gives me a better attitude to go out there and do it just to prove them wrong,” Banks said.

A scoring threat every time he touches the ball, his teammates - particularly those who block for him - think of him as their own special weapon and a player who helps make them look good.

Brandon is very dynamic. Anytime he touches the ball, he has a chance to go the distance,” said safety Reed Doughty. “As a guy who gets to block for him week in and week out, you just try to put a body on people and let him make you look good and make him move down the field.

“He’s the type of guy that’s special. Hopefully, we’ll keep getting blocks and we can get him in he end zone.”

Defensive end Kedric Golston said Banks is one of those players that makes you get up off the bench.

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