It remains a long shot that Banks will wind up going to training camp with a team after a decade away from the game, including five years spent in jail. If it's going to happen, however, this is his best shot.
"Obviously there's a little rust out there," Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton said. "But the idea is can he line up and can he chase the ball? So far, it's about making a first impression, and I like the first impression he left."
So ... you're saying there's a chance?
"Does he look like a ballplayer? Yes," Norton said. "Does he move well? Yes. Is there a chance? Absolutely."
Sometimes it's all about what quotes you choose. We read those quotes in the Seattle Times and felt optimistic about Banks. Then we read more quotes from Norton on the Seahawks' official website.
"This is the NFL -- the best of the best -- so itâs going to be really tough for (Banks). Just the fact that he came out here and gave it a shot and didnât shy away from it, youâve got to give him a plus for that," he said. "But again, this is the best of the best, the highest level of athlete, and heâs been out of it for 10 years. So itâs going to be really, really tough. â¦ Right now, he has a chance. But itâs going to be really, really tough."
That's a little more realistic. If nothing else, Banks already is used to beating the odds. Nothing about his story is realistic, yet it's all true.