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Chris Thompson | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 193
College: Florida State
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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. Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

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Redskins RB Chris Thompson is recovered from last year's shoulder surgery and will be ready for offseason activities.

An injury-prone speedster scatback, Thompson appeared in four games as a rookie, seeing action on kickoff and punt returns. He was drafted by a previous coaching regime and will likely enter 2014 training camp on the roster bubble.
Feb 19 - 9:07 PM

Redskins placed RB Chris Thompson on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season.

An explosive fifth-round pick out of Florida State, Thompson didn't receive an offensive touch in four appearances as a rookie. He did return eight kickoffs and seven punts. Thompson is barely worth a roster spot in deep Dynasty leagues.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Redskins rookie RB/KR Chris Thompson left Monday night's opener against the Eagles with a right ankle injury.

Thompson doesn't play on offense as the No. 4 running back, but he's the Redskins' kick and punt returner. He struggled on Monday night. Thompson returned one punt for five yards and three kicks for 56 yards.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:44:00 PM

The Redskins believe they can develop fifth-round pick Chris Thompson into a "dangerous punt returner."

Thompson is a scatback/gadget back only as a runner, but the Skins kept him on the 53 due to special teams potential. He has 4.3 jets at 5-foot-7, 192.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan called out rookie RB Chris Thompson after he lost his second fumble in as many preseason games Saturday.

"No matter how good you are, if you fumble you can’t play," Shanahan said. The gaffe likely sealed Thompson's fate as a practice squader as the Redskins attempt to sort out a crowded running back corps.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:52:00 AM

ESPN's John Keim projects fifth-round RB Chris Thompson to land on the practice squad.

Thompson is behind Alfred Morris, Roy Helu and Evan Royster. The 5'7/192 speed back has struggled to pass protect and sustain health through camp. Thompson lost a fumble against the Steelers in the second preseason game.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Rookie RB Chris Thompson (knee) has resumed practicing at Redskins camp.

The Skins are limiting Thompson's reps coming off his ACL tear last October, and he recently experienced "soreness and tightness" in the joint. Because he's missed so many reps, Thompson is probably not a real threat for early-season playing time. He could be a factor if Alfred Morris or Roy Helu gets hurt.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Rookie RB Chris Thompson has developed "soreness and tightness" in his surgically repaired knee and missed the Redskins' last three camp practices.

It's the same left knee Thompson had reconstructed following last October's ACL tear. He's now dealing with an apparent setback. Roy Helu has meanwhile continued to separate himself as Washington's No. 2 back behind Alfred Morris.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 03:55:00 PM

Redskins rookie RB Chris Thompson was medically cleared for the start of camp.

The fifth-round pick broke his back in an October 2011 game, and tore his left ACL last October 20. The knee recovery went right on or even ahead of schedule. A 5-foot-7, 192-pound scatback with explosive straight-line speed, Thomas is reportedly showing "great initial burst" so far at training camp practices.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Redskins rookie RB Chris Thompson (torn ACL) is "more than a month away" from receiving full clearance, but is tentatively expected to be ready for training camp.

"It’s something I have to be patient with," Thompson said. "But I know my time will come." A pint-sized (5-foot-7, 192 pounds) scatback, Thompson will be in the mix for third-down duties as long as he's healthy come the preseason.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Redskins agreed to terms with No. 154 overall pick RB Chris Thompson on a four-year contract.

Recovering from an October ACL tear, Thompson is questionable for the beginning of training camp. Thompson is a thimble of a football player at 5-foot-7, 192 pounds, but coach Mike Shanahan believes he would have been a first- or second-round pick if not for his injury. That's because of his electric speed. Thompson could eventually make noise as a scat/third-down back, but will most likely be "redshirted" this season.
Wed, May 15, 2013 02:00:00 PM

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins are "confident" fifth-round RB Chris Thompson (ACL surgery) will be ready for training camp.

Per reporter Mike Jones, the 'Skins think they "got a steal" in Thompson, whom coach Mike Shanahan believes would have been a first- or second-round pick if not for his injury. Thompson has electrifying speed, but is a pint-sized 5-foot-7, 192 pounds. He could challenge for third-down duties if he's full-go by camp, but Shanahan's assessment is best termed as "optimistic."
Mon, May 6, 2013 01:09:00 PM

Redskins fifth-round RB Chris Thompson is sitting out rookie minicamp while rehabbing his torn left ACL.

Thompson tore the ACL last October 20. He says he's able to "sprint and cut," but won't be full-go until training camp. Thompson will compete with Roy Helu, Jawan Jamison, and Tristan Davis for one or two spots behind Alfred Morris and Evan Royster. Thompson brings rare straight-line speed to the table.
Sun, May 5, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Redskins selected Florida State RB Chris Thompson with the No. 154 overall pick

Thompson — who's a pint-sized 5-7, 192 — rushed 276 times for 1,736 yards (6.29 YPC) and 14 touchdowns as a four-year committee back at FSU, also catching 45 career passes. Thompson broke his back in an October 2011 game, and tore his left ACL last October 20. A scatback type with straight-line speed, Thompson is a candidate to "redshirt" his first NFL season. Despite Mike Shanahan's sordid history with running backs, Thompson isn't a threat to make fantasy noise in 2013 even if he does play.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 02:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
3Colt McCoy
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Lache Seastrunk
4Evan Royster
5Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
2Stephen Campbell
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Leonard Hankerson
4Nick Williams
5Cody Hoffman
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
4Ryan Grant
5Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
4Ted Bolser
5Mike Caussin
K1Kai Forbath
2Zach Hocker