The odds are stacked against seventh-round NFL draft pick Keith Marshall as he prepares for his rookie season, but the former Georgia standout’s early returns in training camp are mighty promising.
With preseason games about to begin, Marshall has “firmly entrenched” himself among the Washington Redskins’ top three running backs, according to ESPN’s John Keim.
“There’s a gap between this group and the rest, multiple sources say, with undrafted free-agent fullback Joe Kerridge garnering some attention. Another undrafted free agent, running back Robert Kelley, also will be one to watch.”
Marshall, a former 5-star recruit out of Raleigh, N.C., signed with Georgia as the prized piece of its 2012 signing class. He turned heads while averaging 6.5 yards per carry as a freshman, but a torn ACL and subsequent injuries never allowed Marshall the chance to get back on track in college.
Now, the former Bulldog will have his shot at returning to old form as he fights for a spot on Washington’s 53-man roster.
He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL combine.
“I knew what I was capable of doing,” Marshall told Keim. “It was just a matter of getting healthy and coming out and doing it.”