The conventional wisdom floating around is that Brandon Banks made the 2012 Redskins roster on Saturday night when the fielded a punt at the nine, followed his blocking to the right, turned on the jets and rolled 91 yards for a touchdown.A team that has struggled on offense in recent times and is starting a rookie quarterback certainly needs all of the field position advantage it can get. You cant let go of someone like Banks, who can flip field position in a heartbeat, can you?Mike Shanahan was asked that yesterday. At first he seemed to agree with the notion that Banks is a lock to make the 53.When a guy has game-breaking potential and ability, which he has shown, it is tough not to keep a guy like that, he said.In his next breath, however, Shanahan hit the brakes on the idea that Banks has it made.But we have a lot of competition and that is what you want to have, he said. 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.So perhaps some other players will return some punts in the remaining two preseason games. Rookie cornerback Richard Crawford got a shot against the Bills and he acquitted himself well with three returns for an average of 14 yards. Receiver Aldrick Robinson line up to catch punts during training camp and it wouldnt be surprising to see him get a few returns.Banks did not do well when the team tried to see what he could do at receiver against the Bills. He was targeted nine times and caught just two passes for seven yards. But not all of the passes counted as Banks targets were really catchable and he has been playing well at receiver in practice. He should get more time there to show what he can do.It seems that Shanahan was not bluffing in the spring when the said that Banks would have to contribute at wide receiver if he wants to be a part of the 2012 Redskins. It looks like Banks will have to show something at receiver if he wants to guarantee himself a spot on the roster.What do you think? Does Banks have a roster spot in the bag? Should he? Let us know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.
1) His next NFL kick will be his first one
Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.
The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.
For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.
2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways
While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.
Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.
3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job
With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.
It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.
Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.
The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.
In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it.
Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.
As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.