Samaje Perine, the rookie fourth-round pick, is now the Redskins’ most experienced back.
Chris Thompson (leg) and Rob Kelley (ankle) both have been placed on injured reserve during the last week. Mack Brown, who opened on the active roster, had to be cut to make room for an offensive line dealing with injuries to four starters. Matt Jones was released in the final cuts. Keith Marshall tore his ACL early in training camp.
The story said Marshall is expected to play on third downs because he's a former WR and has experience running routes and catching passes. But, it's going to be tough to expect Marshall to help in pass blocking. Perine should get a majority of the early down runs from this point forward. The story pointed out that outside of two games, the Skins won't face a lot of tough rushing defenses which will surely make Perine a popular pickup off the wire this week.
WAS RB Keith Marshall - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
With the departure of Alfred Morris, Keith Marshall has a chance to be a "next-in-line" guy for the Redskins RB1 job. Marshall is said to have great vision and breakaway speed to go along with toughness in his running style. In fact, he had a 4.31 time in the 40 at the Scouting Combine. He seems to be a guy who can handle double-digit carries in a game if needed. While he didn't see a lot of passes, he's said to have good enough hands for receiving.
The big deal with Marshall is he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. While another knock on him is he's hesitant to hit holes, it could very well be due to a lack of time on the field. As a result, he's been labeled inconsistent. Of course, Marshall will at least be behind Matt Jones as the team's RB1. Christ Thompson is more of a third down back so if Jones were to go down, Marshall certainly could be in line for more work. Marshall was highly recruited out of high school, but is no stranger to playing behind another back as he was behind Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb at Georgia.
There seems to be some real potential there for Marshall, but probably not in typical fantasy leagues. It remains to be seen if he can show enough to be a guy who gets significant work should Jones ever be sidelined, so because of that he's probably not worth a roster spot unless your league is very deep.