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LB Brian Banks: ‘The first day was amazing.’

Post by Eric Williams on June 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm with 13 Comments »
June 13, 2012 4:49 pm

Brian Banks looked like what you would expect from a former high school standout linebacker who had not played organized football in five years.

Recently exonerated for rape and kidnapping charges he was wrongfully charged for in Southern California, Banks got his first opportunity to show what he could do today as an invited tryout player at the second day of Seattle Seahawks minicamp.

He struggled getting lined up in the right spot at times, hit the wrong gap in the run game and was easily fooled by play action.

But overall, Banks’ athleticism showed, as he played middle linebacker for a handful of snaps with the third unit defense.

Seattle Seahawks defensive back Roy Lewis talks with linebacker Brian Banks at the team's minicamp on Wednesday, June 13. (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)

“The first day was amazing,” Banks said. “This is just an amazing environment as well, to work out in this kind of weather, right off this water right here, with these coaches and these players. I’m just honored to be our here giving it my all.”

And Banks won over Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr.

“He made a great first impression,” Norton said. “He’s really bright, really smart. He’s well spoken. And he has a great memory. He remembers everything you tell him. And that’s all a plus at this point.”

The first evidence that Banks was being treated like everyone else is when Norton called his name to take his first rep during 11-on-11 team drills, and the 26-year-old was slow to make it out on the field.

Norton angrily waved him off and bellowed: “It’s too late now. You’ve got to stand out in front and be ready when I call your name. You can’t be in the back of the room.”

Banks said he appreciated the hard coaching from Norton.

“I was waiting for that,” Banks said. “I don’t want nobody to take it easy on me out here. I know I have a lot of work to do. And if that’s what is required, then definitely – give it to me. I’m ready for it.”

Norton said he put him at middle linebacker because that where Banks said he has most of his experience.

Banks wore No. 43. He said he wore No. 10 in high school because that was his favorite number, but No. 43 is growing on him.

“No. 43 looks amazing,” Banks said, smiling.

Norton said he has 13 linebackers as part of his position group, and he pointed to the reality that Banks has an uphill climb to make Seattle’s final roster, competing against a group of players who have been plying their trade for a lot longer than he has.

“This is the NFL, the best of the best,” Norton said. “So it’s going to be really tough for him. Just the fact that he came out here and gave it a shot, and didn’t shy away from it, I’ve got to give him a plus for that. But again, this is the best of the best, the highest level of athlete. And he’s been out of it for 10 years, so it’s going to be really, really tough.”

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  1. He seems like the type of guy that is suited for the practice squad for a season. It’s fun to dream of more for him though. It’s hard not to root for him after the hand he had been dealt.

    If he only makes the practice squad for someone, with his athleticism and feel good story that some PR staff from somewhere may want, he may be a guy to sign to the regular roster in November (provided the injury situation allows for it) so nobody else can add him to theirs (if people deem him worthy).

  2. Eric,

    * How’d Flynn look today?

    * Anymore drops from Obo?

    * How is Irvin looking at Leo mentally?

  3. The Banks story is nice, but BobbyK is right, we need to Eric’s opinion of Flynn.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    While i want more info as well Eric has to be careful about what he says in certain situations. the QB competition is one of them lest he find himself reporting on camp from his downtown office and not the sidelines. way to easy for things to get misconstrued and end up on the national stage by some yahoo looking to up his status. Imagine what kind of havoc an anti Hawk guy like Pete Pricso could cause with a misquote.

  5. Eric has had plenty of opinions in the past, including the QB situation. We’re all just anxious about the position this season, although we truly won’t know as much as we’d like to know until they can actually start hitting each other.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I have to admit, all the hand wringing over who he starting QB is right now, is amusing to me. If this were late August, different story. But camp is still 6 weeks away, and that’s when things will begin to sort themselves out, in earnest.

  7. raymaines says:

    I try so hard not to get hooked into this sort of thing, but I’m really, really, really, really hoping for this guy to make it!! I don’t remember ever having this sort of emotional tie to a PS guy. This isn’t about skills, so much as giving him a chance to get back to even in life. There has to be room on the roster for him.

  8. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m guessing there’s enough meat that Flynn will have a separate entry.

    As for Banks, throwing him in at Mike is kind of rough. I would have figured they would have played him at Sam so he could focus more on flowing to the ball and not have to work on zone coverage as much.

    I think he has an outside chance at making the roster in Seattle just because the back end of the depth chart isn’t exactly that strong. Besides, the #7 on the depth chart is more for ST considerations anyway. If he can standout there, he has an outside shot. Still, it’s more realistic to be aiming for the PS.

  9. Enough already about our QB competition. That convo can wait for the next post about our QB competition. This thread is about Brian Banks, a man that I truly hope makes this team, and then makes a difference on, and off, the field. Jesus…enough about the QB situation already. Banks spent a good part of his life behind bars for because of a lie. And here he is trying out for the NFL. THE NFL. Better then I can say about our collective couch-potato crew here. I can only hope Brian Banks makes our final roster. This man has heart and talent. GO BRIAN, GO SEAHAWKS!

  10. “for because”?!? “then” instead of ‘than’?!?? Cripes…..I gotta get some more sleep.

  11. bbnate420 says:

    I have the solution to the Clemons hold out. Have him arm wrestle Turbin! Clem wins, he gets 10 mil next year. He loses, he plays out the contract.

  12. chuck_easton says:

    Turbin would snap Clem’s arm right off. Not a fair fight. Dude has guns of death.

  13. boucherm says:

    Eric,
    If possible I would really like an update on Bobbie Wagner–how he looks, is he’s progressing with making defensive calls(or is KJ is still doing it), etc.
    Also, anything about Jaye Howard would be great.
    Love the tidbits from practices, the observations and comments are one of the best parts of this blog. Thanks

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