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Chris Thompson | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 193
College: Florida State
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Redskins RB Chris Thompson caught eight passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in Washington's Week 3 loss to the Giants.
The third-year pro added two rushes for 29 yards. Per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Thompson actually led Washington's backfield in snaps, though the vast majority of his playing time came with the Redskins trying to catch up to a lopsided score. Thompson entered Week 3 with just 21 yards on four touches. He'll almost certainly fade back to fantasy irrelevance in next week's matchup with the Eagles. Sep 25 - 12:29 AM

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Redskins RB Chris Thompson is currently ahead of Silas Redd on the depth chart.

Coach Jay Gruden is talking up Thompson for third-down work even though rookie Matt Jones was considered the favorite for that gig. Thompson, an undersized yet flashy change-of-pace type, has had trouble sustaining health since breaking into the league in 2013.
Aug 10 - 7:45 AM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes Redskins RBs Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are competing for one roster spot.

Thompson has been a favorite of coach Jay Gruden despite his long history of injuries, but this offseason will be his last in Washington if he cannot stay healthy. Redd lacks the speed and playmaking ability of Thompson, but he is a more durable and consistent player. Neither figures to see the field often behind starter Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones.
Jun 20 - 12:15 PM

CSN Washington doesn't project Chris Thompson to open the season as the Redskins' third-down back.

Coach Jay Gruden said last month Thompson would get the first chance to replace Roy Helu. Thompson has the skill-set to be an asset in the receiving game, but the Redskins have concerns about his pass protection and history of injuries. Washington could look for an upgrade on Thompson in the draft.
Apr 18 - 8:28 PM

Coach Jay Gruden suggested Chris Thompson is likely to get the "first crack" at replacing Roy Helu as the Redskins' third-down back.

Silas Redd is also a possibility. Alfred Morris continues to be a non-factor in the passing game, which should open up work for Thompson and Redd on passing downs. Redd and Thompson combined for just 86 snaps last season, so experience is an issue. Thompson has drawn some loose Darren Sproles comps.
Mar 25 - 11:35 AM

Redskins promoted RB Chris Thompson from the practice squad.

The 2013 fifth-rounder has spent the entire season on the taxi squad. The Redskins need help at running back with Roy Helu (toe) sidelined for Week 15.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Redskins signed RB Chris Thompson to their practice squad.

He'll be available for a callup in the event of an injury to Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, or No. 3 back Silas Redd. We're still awaiting word on where Lache Seastrunk will end up. The Redskins waived Seastrunk on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 02:32:00 PM

Redskins waived RB Chris Thompson.

A pick under the Mike Shanahan regime, Thompson was a dynamic change-of-pace and kick return prospect, but simply couldn't stay healthy. The Redskins are apparently moving forward with UDFA Silas Redd as their No. 3 tailback.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Chris Thompson (ankle) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

The oft-injured Thompson is nearing a return from his mild ankle sprain. He's well behind Roy Helu for third-down duties and is firmly on the roster bubble.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:50:00 AM

CSN Washington believes RB Chris Thompson (ankle) will make the Redskins' final roster.

Coach Jay Gruden recently expressed frustration at Thompson's inability to stay on the field, prompting speculation that his roster spot was in question. Thompson may be safe now, but that could change if he is unable play in Washington's third and fourth preseason games.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Coach Jay Gruden expressed frustration with RB Chris Thompson's inability to stay healthy.

"It’s disappointing," Gruden said. "He’s got to figure out how to stay healthy." Thompson tore his ACL in October 2012 at Florida State, and landed on I.R. with a torn labrum in his shoulder last season. He's now dealing with a low-ankle sprain, causing him to miss the past five days. After a strong spring that had the team excited about Thompson, he's now on the roster bubble.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 09:33:00 AM

Redskins RB Chris Thompson will miss the next 5-6 days with a low ankle sprain.

Thompson needs reps to make a case for an early-season offensive role. He's now likely to miss Washington's second preseason game after also sitting out the opener. Thompson offers burst, but has struggled in pass pro in camp.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Redskins RB Chris Thompson has struggled in pass protection in training camp.

It's not a surprise for the 5-foot-8, 193-pounder, who is trying to take on 220-pound safeties and 250-pound linebackers in blitz pickup. Robert Griffin III recently said he anticipates Thompson playing a role in Washington's 2014 offense, but Thompson will have to show Jay Gruden he can play in the passing game. He's fighting Roy Helu and rookie Lache Seastrunk behind Alfred Morris.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Robert Griffin III indicated second-year RB Chris Thompson will have a role in the Redskins' 2014 offense.

Thompson has been dogged by injuries since college, but is a home run-hitting speed back who could potentially push Roy Helu for snaps behind Alfred Morris. "We want him to be Darren Sproles," said Griffin. "I love the guy." Beat writer John Keim notes Thompson must improve in pass protection, but he qualifies as a deep-league sleeper. He could be Jay Gruden's new Giovani Bernard.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Coach Jay Gruden said Chris Thompson was "one of the most exciting backs" in the country while at Florida State.

Thompson has a fan in Gruden, who is searching for a pass-catching complement to Alfred Morris. The question is durability. Thompson averaged 6.26 YPC as a Seminole, but tore his ACL in 2012, hurt his back in 2011 and tore his labrum with the Redskins last season. For now, we'd pencil in Roy Helu ahead of Thompson on the depth chart.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 09:39:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Jamison Crowder
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Derek Carrier
3Anthony McCoy
LT1Trent Williams
2Tom Compton
LG1Shawn Lauvao
2Arie Kouandjio
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Spencer Long
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins