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Redskins hope Keith Marshall becomes explosive back

No one can question that running back Keith Marshall has elite speed. AP Photo/Wade Payne

ASHBURN, Virginia -- The Washington Redskins needed another running back as Matt Jones and Chris Thompson are the only ones on the roster with NFL experience. They will still consider re-signing Pierre Thomas now that the draft is over.

My take: Marshall provides the Redskins with something unique: speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in a combine-best 4.31 seconds. “There’s no substitute for speed,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “Very explosive.” Marshall said: “They said they’re looking for a fast, explosive player and I can fit that role for them. I believe I’m an every down running back.”

Knee issues: Marshall entered Georgia as a highly recruited running back and split time with Todd Gurley as a freshman. But Marshall tore his right ACL and that cost him a season and a half. By the time he returned Marshall had fallen on the depth chart and never recovered. It’s why he finished with just 253 carries in four years. But Marshall said his knee is fine -- his 40-time is proof.