Santana Moss has electrified Redskin fans for almost seven seasons, meanwhile Brandon Banks has been the speedy darling since his punt return for a touchdown in a preseason game vs. the Buffalo Bills. However, with the newfound depth at wide receiver, one of them (or both) may be out.
The smart Redskins fan says, keep Moss to help train and groom the young wide outs. After him, the most experienced receiver is Anthony Armstrong with a hair above 800 yards. The immediate response to Moss’s departure will be that there will be no veterans on the team that can help form the receiver core. That is not true as a veteran receiver will likely be sought to fill that void. However, if the price is right why not keep and pay who you have, granted the price is right. If Santana Moss is allowed to sign to another team, don’t be too shocked.
Brandon Banks was electric last year…on special teams. With the new rules in place on special teams, his effectiveness may not be much of a factor this season. If he is to continue being a star on this team, he has to prove his worth as a receiver. For a wide receiver standing no taller than 5’7 and weighing roughly 150 and some change, can he really be that guy? Can he be used effectively and produce? If he is made a regular target, will be he reliable? Another item to question is his commitment and any outside distraction. He has been known to party and it even got him in trouble. Possibly even life threatening trouble, and if he will be a headache, the teams should not waste any time on him.
The Redskins drafted a three wide receivers in this year’s draft: Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson. This adds to the aforementioned Moss (UFA), Armstrong, Banks, Terrence Austin and Roydell Williams. Someone has got to go, but who?
Moss- Pros: veteran, can produce, good teammate, Cowboy killer. Cons: 32-years old, probably wants at least a 3-year deal, injury concerns.
Banks- Pros: very fast, effective special teams returner Cons: little work at WR in 2010, too small, questionable off the field activity.
I personally think Moss will be retained. I give it a 70% chance. Not great, but good. But for Banks I anticipate him fighting for a spot this summer, if training camp happens. He will need to prove he is capable of being a regular option at wide receiver. The scouting report says, Robinson is capable of filling that role and play wide receiver. Terrence Austin, who had some bright spots at the end of last season, can play special teams. For me, Bank’s spot is less certain and he will need a good camp.