Third-string running back Tashard Choice has not had the type of impact he has wanted this season. The former Georgia Tech star may get his chance to shine this weekend against Indianapolis, but until this point his impact has been minimal.
Many fans have wanted to see more of Choice and did not understand why he hasn’t been on the field, especially since starter Marion Barber has struggled to make any real impact in 2010.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had some comments today on his radio show that may hint towards why Choice has been kept off the field.
“First of all, Tashard needs to be a better special teams player,” Jones said. “Your third back has to be a real contributor on special teams and he’s not. That really handicaps him.
“As a third back he has to be a special teams player,” Jones said. “We’ve had a luxury and it hadn’t done our team good to not have our third back being an outstanding special teams player.”
Choice may not contribute on special teams, but Jones sees some value in the third-stringer when it comes to his running style. Jones even went as far as comparing him to one of the NFL and Cowboys’ greats.
“Tashard is really, I’m going to say this: He’s unique,” Jerry Jones said. “He really has a lot of the Emmitt [Smith] feel to him when he runs. If he just finds the soft spot, and he’s really a heck of a good runner but there’s more to it. There’s blocking [and] foot protection.”