Lsst season, Brandon Banks either muffed or fumbled 7 times on kick and punt returns. I’ll give the little guy credit – At least he’s scrappy enough to recover his fumbles, and he was able to fall on 5 of them. But obviously, this is totally unacceptable football. Frankly, it’s mind-boggling that the Redskins never replaced him last season.
Fumble #1: Banks tries to catch the ball moving laterally on the run, muffs it, but is able to fall on it before the Rams converge.
Fumble #2: Banks drops the ball in the end zone as he’s about to return a kick. Has the option to pick it up and kneel on it, but instead tries to return it anyway. He gets out to the 19, but a penalty brings it back to the 5.
Fumble #3: This one is awful. Banks tries to field this punt at his own 3. Now, I’m not totally opposed to fielding a punt inside the 10 as a “never do” kind of thing, but I’m only for it in certain situations. For example, let’s say your opponent is punting from their own 35 and the punter hits a bomb. The coverage isn’t going to be anywhere near you if you field it, so I’m not opposed to trying a make a play in that kind of situation. But in this case, the Niners were punting from midfield, and Banks is trying to return the ball from the 3. Atrocious football. He muffs it, but is able to fall on top. Skins start with terrible field position.
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Fumble #4: This one bounces right off of Banks’ chest, a 49er has a clear shot at the ball, overruns it, and Banks recovers.
Fumble #5: This time Banks catches the punt (HOORAY!):
…but he runs all the way across the field, loses 6 yards and fumbles the ball out of bounds.
Fumble #6: With the gunner bearing down on him, Banks has no business doing anything other than calling for a fair catch. Instead, he fields it, the gunner strips him, two different Giants have a shot at the ball, but Banks somehow recovers it yet again.
Fumble #7: Last kick return of the season, and one last fumble. Teammate Brandyn Thompson jumps on this one.
I wouldn’t trust Brandon Banks to go with me to the store and hold my groceries.