Aug
6

Banks among deepest undrafted receivers Rivers has seen

Gary Banks is earning praise from QB Philip Rivers, but the competition is strong. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

Here’s a bit of good news for Gary Banks as he continues to compete for a spot on the San Diego Chargers’ roster: QB Philip Rivers said the team’s group of undrafted rookie wide receivers is the deepest he has seen, according to the North County Times.

So the good news is that Banks is one of the reasons Rivers is singing such praise for the group of guys. On the flip side, though, with such a talented bunch, that makes it very clear that Banks is in the fight of his life — even more — to make the final 53-man roster.

He’ll have to continue catching Rivers’ eye if he wants to make the team.

Click HERE to find out more about Banks’ hope to make it in the NFL.

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Aug
0

Banks doing best to hold off competition

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You can tell that the coaches want him to make the team, but their affinity for him will be superseded by preseason production.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

Aug
0

Banks misses Wednesday practices

Receiver Gary Banks was one of a number of San Diego Chargers players to sit out practice on Wednesday.

Banks missed both of Wednesday’s practices with a back injury.

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Aug
1

Banks gets chance to shine

Gary Banks shows his versatility at Chargers training camp as he fights for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Aug
0

Banks ‘distinguised himself’ at camp

NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche visited San Diego Chargers training camp on Sunday, and reported on the progress of wide receiver Gary Banks.

    Veteran Josh Reed, two-time practice squad player Gary Banks, and undrafted rookies Jeremy Williams (Tulane) and Seyi Ajirotutu (Fresno State) are front-runners for the final wide receiver jobs. Williams entered camp as a player on the rise, but Banks “has distinguished himself,” offensive coordinator Clarence Shelmon said.

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Jul
3

Banks focuses on football, family

Take a trip to Melvin, Ala., where Gary Banks prepares for the long grind of training camp with the San Diego Chargers.

A member of two state championship football teams at Southern Choctaw (Ala.) High School in Gilbertown, Ala., Banks takes you through a day of intense workouts at his old high school and then the post-workout relaxation with his family.

CLICK HERE: To see more photos from Gary Banks time in Melvin, Alabama. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

Jul
0

Rivers breaks down Banks’ chances

In addition to stopping by the NFL Network studios to appear on NFL Total Access and chat with fans on NFL.com, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers took some time to talk about receiver Gary Banks and his chances of making the team’s 53-man regular-season roster. Rivers touched on Banks’ playing style, work ethic, Alabama roots and how he has taken advantage of all of his opportunities.

Jul
1

Rivers: Banks has made great strides

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers stopped by to chat with fans on NFL.com and discussed his impressions of receiver Gary Banks:

“Gary is arguably the hardest working guy in the building. He has made great strides since joining us two years ago.”

Complete chat transcript …

Jun
0

Clock is ticking for Banks

When his baseball career ended in disappointment, Gary Banks turned back to football. While the receiver’s goal of playing in the NFL is alive, if he can’t crack the Chargers’ roster, the dream could be over.

Steve Wyche goes inside Banks’ journey.

Jun
0

Following five players fighting for their NFL lives

Follow five players — the Chargers’ Gary Banks, the Titans’ LeGarrette Blount, the 49ers’ Alex Boone, the Seahawks’ Ricky Foley and the Buccaneers’ Cody Grimm — through the offseason as they try to make the final 53-man roster on an NFL team. More …