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Brian Banks has “decent” workout for Chiefs


Those inclined to think of Brian Banks’ story in Hollywood terms will certainly appreciate the fact that a roster spot opened in Kansas City the day after Banks worked for the Chiefs.

Tight end Martin Rucker will have season-ending surgery on his right knee, landing him on injured reserve and freeing up space on the Chiefs’ 90-man roster. Banks, the former USC linebacking recruit whose life and football career were short-circuited by conviction on rape charges that turned out to be manufactured, was in Kansas City Tuesday for a workout that that coach Romeo Crennel called “decent.”

“It went well considering he hasn’t been playing football, but you can tell he has been working out,” Crennel said in a post-practice press conference. “The football drills, he still remembers those things. I think the more workouts that he can have with different teams, the more it will come back to him. It was a decent workout.”

Crennel referred questions about whether or not the Chiefs would sign Banks to General Manager Scott Pioli, saying that he just coaches the guys that Pioli gives to him. We will have to wait and see if Banks was decent enough to land a contract or if his quest for an NFL job will continue. Banks is at Seahawks minicamp Wednesday and Thursday.

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13 Responses to “Brian Banks has “decent” workout for Chiefs”
  1. dapell says: Jun 13, 2012 7:36 PM

    The Dolphins should pick him up to add some drama to Hard Knocks.

  2. rajbais says: Jun 13, 2012 8:08 PM

    Seahawks baby!!! It’s gonna be the Seahawks!!!

    Pete Carroll usually acquires ex-West Coast recruits from his college days!!!

    Plus he has a soft spot for people that had rough beginnings. For Banks though it was a horrible early adulthood.

  3. blowtorch1964 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:08 PM

    Sadly, I don’t think this guy will make a roster or even a practice squad. Maybe if he works out with some consultants this fall and winter he can try again next year.

    He might have been recruited by colleges coming out of high school, but that is such a huge jump to the level of play in the NFL. He is still essentially a H.S. senior in the body of a 25 year old. Not NFL ready.

  4. qj1984 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:41 PM


    I havent watched hardknocks since the Ravens were on it but I would watch if he was on it.

  5. lawest111 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:46 PM

    I hope someone gives him a shot, puts him on a practice squad or something. You have to root for him

  6. samoanjungle says: Jun 13, 2012 9:55 PM

    Maybe he should try the CFL or Arena league first.

  7. jimbo75025 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:57 PM

    blowtorch1964 says:Jun 13, 2012 8:08 PM

    He might have been recruited by colleges coming out of high school, but that is such a huge jump to the level of play in the NFL. He is still essentially a H.S. senior in the body of a 25 year old. Not NFL ready.


    Agreed, but do so sadly as this would be a great story. How many 4 or 5 * players in high school get to college and then disappear on the depth chart though.

    Does this kid still have his college elig. left? He might be well served by spending a year or two honing his craft there where position coaches will have the time to refine and coach him up. I am sure some big name schools would give him a look. If he has the skills, getting to the NFL even at 27 would be a great accomplishment.

  8. greymares says: Jun 13, 2012 10:02 PM

    blowtorch1964 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 8:08 PM
    ——————————–thank goodness someone with common sense the young man was dealt a very bad hand and i’m happy it was at least found out before he spent his whole life in prison but if your looking for a high school linebacker 10 yrs. removed theres about 4000 out there.

  9. abninf says: Jun 13, 2012 10:18 PM

    If this dude makes a team he’ll be my #1 player. Probably even buy a jersey for the first time in my life, unless it’s Philly.

  10. trojanwarrior007 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:50 PM

    Would be better for him to do a year of college, play ball and try his chances after the one year. Brandon Weeden is a prime example that you’re never too old to play college ball.

  11. sheldonburke says: Jun 14, 2012 2:48 AM

    As a Chiefs fan I would like to see him get a shot with us but I will root for him wherever he goes.

  12. sheldonburke says: Jun 14, 2012 2:57 AM

    The more I think of it I bet public outcry will get him a roster spot somewhere, and I hope it does!

  13. gdogncbd says: Jun 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    if the chiefs have an open spot they better grab him before someone else does,this guy is itching to get back into what he missed for so long.he will be a good asset where ever he signs thats for sure

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