Breaking down the Redskins’ running back depth chart for 2019
Likely Cuts: RBs Byron Marshall and Craig Reynolds
Given the depth the Redskins have at the running back position, it seems unlikely that they will carry a player at the position on the practice squad. If somebody steps up and plays very well in the preseason, they might, but it seems more likely they will focus on stashing other players at positions of greater need.
That said, it’s going to be hard for Byron Marshall and Craig Reynolds to make the roster. Marshall is a favorite of Jay Gruden’s, so that may give him at least a chance to compete for a roster spot. However, he didn’t perform well, so it’s hard to imagine that lasting long.
Last season, Marshall spent only played six games for the ‘Skins after spending most of the year on IR. He was designated for return and activated at the cost of Brian Quick, who has since returned to the roster. Marshall eventually pushed Kapri Bibbs off the roster despite playing a similar role worse than Bibbs.
Marshall had seven touches for 39 total yards and played special teams, but he wasn’t great on that unit and famously took a poor angle on a tackle that could have negated a punt return touchdown. In fact, he ended up tackling a teammate, so it wasn’t great. While Gruden likes Marshall, he won’t get another chance if his pedestrian production continues in the preseason.
Meanwhile, Reynolds was a touchdown machine for Kutztown, totaling 31 in four seasons with the team, but it’s too much of an uphill battle for the tryout player turned roster candidate to qualify for the team. It’s nice that he made the 90-man roster, but for the moment, he is just a camp body. We’ll see if he can change that perception in training camp.