With Alfred Morris wearing a Cowboys jersey after this past offseason, there’s a chance in the Washington backfield for a couple of players to shine and get plenty of playing time.
One such player is back Chris Thompson, who had a number of major injuries at Florida State, suffered a torn labrum and left shoulder injury as a rookie, and spent most of his second season on the practice squad.
Now it could be Thompson’s time, as last season he appeared in 14 games, catching 35 passes for 240 yards, and rushing for 216 yards on the ground.
With Morris in another, uniform, Thompson may get that playing time he’s been looking for.
“Every guy always dreams of being a starter, but for me, since I’ve been here, I’ve understood what my role is,” Thompson said. “Even though I’m labeled as a third-down back, my role can continue to expand. I could possibly be that No. 2 to Matt. If he gets tired, I can be the one that’s spelling him here and there.”
Thompson wants to be a better route runner. He changed his diet to stay healthy – no more Hershey’s cookies and cream unfortunately – and tried to get stronger after rehabbing his shoulder to help in pass protection. He hopes to become a better third-down back, but knows if no one else is brought in there are carries to be had. He wants to be ready.
Thompson is now the “old” man in the room at age 25. He joked about how the younger backs in camp come to him for questions instead of running backs coach Randy Jordan. Jones is in his second year, running back Mack Brown was on the practice squad all last season and the three other backs in camp are rookies.
“I think Chris Thompson is really the veteran of that room,” Gruden said. “High-class, high-character type of runner. Very dependable, accountable, and he’s everything you want. We just have got to keep him healthy, obviously.”
Don’t lose sight of Thompson, a player with plenty to prove this season for the Redskins, and a player that is finally looking to put past injuries behind him.
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