Atlanta Falcons: Where Is Brian Banks in the Equation?

By Leigh Allen
Atlanta Falcons Where Is Brian Banks
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The Atlanta Falcons suffered another preseason loss Thursday night to the Baltimore Ravens, but where was rookie linebacker hopeful Brian Banks?

After his limited time on the field in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the general thinking (read: my thinking) was that Banks would see more playing time against the Ravens. It was disappointing when that didn’t happen. Being on the outside looking in, it would be easy for me to say that Banks isn’t being given a fair shake. However, logic alone tells me that isn’t the case.  All rookies—and veterans who may be on their way to making the cut list—are being given equal time and chances to show what they can do and what they can bring to a Super Bowl-seeking team.

There is much going on in Flowery Branch now that everyone on the outside doesn’t see, and I have to believe it’s what we’re not seeing ourselves that is determining Banks’ limited time on the field. That being said, it isn’t easy to watch what could be a major hit to Banks’ dream. Though it’s a joy to see the breakout of Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, it was—and is—Banks that I’ve been rooting for to make the 53-man roster. The strikes against Banks, including being a bona fide rookie at his age and his time away from the game, may well bring his time with the Falcons to an end.

At this point, it doesn’t take a Magic 8-ball to tell that the outlook is not so good.

If Banks doesn’t make the cut, he won’t give up. The dream is in his hands…and it’s been literally under his feet when he’s on the field. He’s close enough to taste it. Whether or not that dream happens with the Falcons, we can all watch and learn as he continues his own chase.


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