Washington Redskins: Tashard Choice's Versatility Will Help a Struggling Offense

Rob Brown@RobBrown3Correspondent INovember 2, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys breaks away for a touchdown during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 11, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Tashard Choice can be a staple in the Washington Redskins offense. The Skins looked to have a good problem in their backfield before Tim Hightower was placed on injured reserve a few weeks ago. However, the addition of Choice will help a team that looked miserable this past Sunday in the loss to Buffalo.

Some are skeptical on Choice, since he was waived by the rival Dallas Cowboys out of the blue. Many assume that he’s not worth a roster spot since the Cowboys, who have injury concerns at running back, couldn’t find a spot on their roster for him.

The truth is, the Cowboys never had much use for Choice. Coach Jason Garrett didn’t, at least. In the past two seasons, Choice saw his production and opportunities go down once Garrett took the reins as head coach, which should have been a red flag that he was no longer needed in Dallas.

There were times where Garrett would rather trot out a broken-down Marion Barber than a fresh Choice. That should tell you all you need to know.

However, that’s not to say that Choice isn’t a serviceable running back.

Choice is a player that can play all three downs and be used in multiple ways. He is a great example of a player who isn’t a master at one particular thing, but is good in a lot of different areas. During his time in Dallas, he was used to run up the middle, to the outside, in wildcat situations and on passing downs.

I’m sure a veteran coach like Mike Shanahan will find a reason to get him on the field as soon as he learns the playbook.

In an offense that relies on a balanced attack, it’s important that you have depth at the running back position. Even if Choice doesn’t contribute this week against the 49ers, he’ll be an important piece to the puzzle in weeks to come.

The NFC East is still wide open. Redskins fans shouldn’t be discouraged by how their team has played the past two Sundays. The team is only two games behind the New York Giants, and there’s still time for Shanahan to right the ship.