SAN DIEGO — Gary Banks is making the most out of the opportunities created by Kassim Osgood‘s departure and Vincent Jackson‘s holdout with the Chargers.

Banks opened training camp as the No. 5 receiver but he is being pushed hard by undrafted rookie Jeremy Williams (Tulane). Production and work wise, Banks seemed to have the early edge.

He was getting more reps and making more catches than the other wideouts challenging to make the roster, probably because he knows the offense and has history with the team’s quarterbacks. The two-year practice squad player made several nice catches when I saw him, especially on deep balls. He’s not a burner, but he’s savvy enough to get open and make plays in traffic.

You can tell that the coaches want him to make the team, but their affinity for him will be superseded by preseason production. If he shows well in games, he could get the job. Special teams play will be huge, but so will him making catches and doing all the small things. Banks is very much on the fringe and can ill afford an injury or a bad day.

Steve Wyche