On Sunday against the Rams, Brandon Banks fumbled a kickoff return. As usual, the defense somehow didn’t recover it, as the ball took a favorable roll out of bounds. Somehow, the fumble didn’t appear in the stat sheet, but it should have, as it was out before Banks went out of bounds. If you were to include that fumble to the tally, that would be Brandon Banks’ 10th fumble on a kick or punt return in his last 15 games. During that span, Banks has returned 76 kicks/punts. If you include that fumble that somehow didn’t make its way into the stat sheet on Sunday, Banks has fumbled on 13.2% of his punt/kick returns over the last 15 games.
Amazingly, although he has had a bunch of close calls, he hasn’t lost any. That kind of luck is not sustainable, obviously.
But here’s the part that I just don’t get. It’s not as if Banks is some kind of great returner even when he does hold onto the football. He has 1 career return for a TD, and that was in 2010. In fact, here is how he compared to the rest of the league in 2011 on kick returns:
And punt returns:
Brandon Banks has proven over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (wait, how many is that? OK, one more) and over again that he cannot hang onto the football.
The risk isn’t worth the reward, and it’s absolutely mind-blowing that the Redskins continue to put him back there.