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RB Chris Thompson - Washington Redskins

5-7, 192Born: 10-20-1990College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 5, pick 2013

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2018 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 65 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson picked up right where he left off from last season. Showing no signs of rust coming off injury, Chris had a combined eleven touches that went for over one hundred and twenty yards. He also chipped in a touchdown for this game as he used his route running ability to take advantage of a linebacker. The play design looked to be an option route coming out of the backfield. It was an easy read for Alex as Chris took the short dump off about ten yards for the score. Chris is a major component to the Washington offense and his double-digit touches along with the efficient production shows he is ready to contribute immediately.

2018 Week 2 vs IND (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 14 / 13 / 92 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson found no room to run as he only totaled one rushing yard. However, he led Washington in receptions and receiving yardage. His thirteen receptions were a career high. As the line struggled to protect Chris often became a safety valve for dumpoff passes out of the backfield. Chris is a major part of the Washington offense and today he was extremely busy. Chris' run after the catch yards were minimized as well as the Colts did a great job of corralling him after the catch.

2018 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had seven total touches for less than twenty yards. As the offense was in total control throughout this game it didn't have a need for his services. Chris did get a carry in the redzone but he was unable to convert. That would have made his stat line look differently. The offense played conservative in the second half as they built a sizable lead which lead to less passing game opportunities for Chris. He will continue to dominate the third down looks and remain heavily involved in the passing game.

2018 Week 5 vs NO (8 / 17 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was busy against the Saints as Washington had to go pass heavy. He had a total of fourteen touches and became a steady contributor as Adrian Peterson went down with an injury. Chris didn't do anything on the ground, but he did catch 6 receptions for forty-five yards through the air. As Washington faced such a large deficit it allowed Chris to get extra work on a night that was expected to be high scoring.

2018 Week 8 vs NYG (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson made it back from injury but didn't contribute much in today's game. He had five total touches for less than twenty-five yards. He looked a little rusty coming off a 3-game absence as his normal burst and elusiveness didn't seem there. He will be a large part of the offense going forward but he was clearly on a pitch count against the Giants.

2018 Week 13 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson made his way back into the lineup from injury. He only tallied three receptions against the Eagles to go along with three carries. None of his touches resulted in much impact as the offense had a meltdown due to injuries.

2018 Week 14 vs NYG (3 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a total of six touches versus the Giants but was held in check. He ended the game with less than forty yards as the offense was in disarray all day. Chris' explosive plays have been really inconsistent as the cohesion along the offensive line has abysmal. His injuries have played a role in some of his ineffectiveness as well.

2018 Week 15 vs JAX (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was unproductive for this game. He only had one reception and overall ten scrimmage yards. The creativity that comes with better quarterback play has greatly affected Chris' usage.

2018 Week 16 vs TEN (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had six total touches in this game but was held in check. Washington featured Adrian in the run game and their ball control gameplan fazed Chris out of being a factor. He doesn't look like the same explosive running back which might be another reason why Gruden isn't dialing up plays for him. Since returning from injury Chris has struggled to make his usual big plays.

2018 Week 17 vs PHI (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 14 / 0 rec)

Thompson played much of the second half with Washington in clear catchup mode against the Eagles. Thompson was firmly held in check, however, as he was stuffed on two receptions and arguably his best play, a nine-yard rush, was in the closing seconds of the first half as Washington was playing out the clock. Thompson's contributions down the stretch in 2018 were minimal in a forgettable year for the change-of-pace back.

2017 Week 1 vs PHI (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 52 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson didn't have much of a presence in the run game, but he was a major factor in the passing game. He totaled four receptions and scored the only passing touchdown of the game. Chris' elusiveness helped turn a dump off pass into a twenty-nine-yard touchdown. Chris has great ability to make defenders miss after the catch and Kirk was comfortable finding him under pressure.

2017 Week 2 vs LAR (3 / 77 / 2 rush, 7 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was the biggest playmaker on offense for Washington after Rob went down. He only had three carries but his sixty-one yard touchdown run gave the offense a much needed spark. The run came on a draw play in which he displayed excellent vision and patience. When he hit the second level he was practically untouched headed to the end zone. Chris added three receptions as well, but only managed twenty-nine yards. His versatility was extremely valuable in helping Washington move the ball against the Rams. He also had a seven yard touchdown run and accounted for two of the three touchdowns Washington had in this game.

2017 Week 3 vs OAK (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 150 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson was the engine of the Washington offense for the second straight game. His ability after the catch to make plays is outstanding. He had a touchdown on the opening drive and paced Washington's passing game. Kirk found him underneath or in the screen game often. He took full advantage of his matchups on the Raiders linebackers and was able to elude the first defender. Chris put the game away on a screen pass that he took for seventy-four yards when a stop could have swung momentum. It was a crucial third down and they needed eighteen yards, so it was a perfect playcall as Oakland sent a blitz. Chris had eight carries but half of those came with the game out of hand and Perine gone due to injury. He had over a hundred receiving yards which lead them in receiving and his sixth receptions was tops as well. Jordan Reed being out it seemed they wanted to get Chris highly involved for this game.

2017 Week 4 vs KC (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson came back down to earth as he was a complete non-factor in the Monday night game. His six carries were ineffective as he often got held up close to the line of scrimmage and he only managed one catch. These are the type of quiet games Chris can be subjected to being a third down running back. The minimal amount of time they had they ball on offense also attributed to his lackluster evening.

2017 Week 6 vs SF (16 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 105 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was the most productive offensive weapon for Washington in this game. He had sixteen carries in this game which is a hefty workload for the passing down back. He only managed thirty-three yards on the ground with the longest gain going for eleven yards. However, Chris made his biggest impact in the passing game as he abused the 49ers linebackers for over one hundred yards receiving. His longest reception went for forty-nine yards as he took a screen pass up the sideline. Chris' explosive ability in the receiving game was on full display as he only tallied four receptions but often gaining chunks of yardage. Chris had a busy day as the main running back and showed he can handle the load. He won't get you the short yardage often but his versatility changes the entire structure of the offense.

2017 Week 7 vs PHI (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 26 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson was the most productive running back for Washington as he tallied seven carries and five receptions. He also accounted for one of the three touchdowns scored for Washington as he caught a swing pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter. Chris' versatility makes it difficult for Washington to take him off the field, but the pass heavy game script called for his abilities. Chris didn't have a productive night running between the tackles but his specialty comes with his receiving role. He didn't account for a ton of yardage but his usage rate was high.

2017 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson didn't find any room in the run game but he was very active for the pass attack. He was second on the team in catches with eight. His role was even more important playing in a rain storm and constantly being used as a safety valve for Kirk. His longest run went for twenty-six yards but ultimately, he benefitted from a pass heavy game script. Chris also lost a fumble in this game which is rare for him in the turnover department. Chris was used in the red zone again as well which shows how much they value his ability to put points on the board and take advantage of matchups.

2017 Week 9 vs SEA (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was held in check this game as he totaled eight touches for less than forty yards. Seattle's defense put emphasis on not letting him get going in the quick passing game. Chris isn't a power runner so his carries weren't productive as well. The athleticism Seattle has at linebacker allowed them to hold Chris to a quiet day.

2017 Week 10 vs MIN (9 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a combined twelve touches and was relatively quiet versus Minnesota. He hasn't had as many 'splash' plays the last few weeks, but he did have a twenty-seven yard reception in this game. He lined up outside and took advantage of the safety trying to cover him one on one as they usually design ways to use him. Chris hasn't been able to put his stamp on the passing game and that has slowed down the offense to some extent. He had a couple of plays today that could have gone for big gains had it not been for timely tackling. Having the offensive line back also helps Chris as well, most notable in the screen game. Chris wasn't very productive on the ground against the stout Vikings front seven but he doesn't specialize in the run game.

2017 Week 11 vs NO (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson had five total touches in this game and accounted for one of the four touchdowns scored. He was very involved until going down with a leg injury. It is a devastating injury for Washington's most productive offensive player. His versatility has been a huge boost for Washington and now he is gone for the year. His touchdown was a perfect illustration of his explosive abilities as he beat a one on one matchup for a sixteen yard touchdown on a wheel route. His speed will be sorely missed in this offense.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 23 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a busy day in this game as Washington had to go extremely pass heavy. Chris had ten total touches with the only touchdown of the game. He caught six passes which tied for second most on the team for this game. Chris' ability as a pass catcher really helps Washington to keep drives alive by making himself available within a five yard radius whenever he is in the game. A majority of his stats for this game were just stat piling as none of it really made a huge impact on the game aside from the touchdown. His touchdown was a goal line carry so if Washington decides to use him more in the red zone his value will skyrocket this season.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a relatively quieter day as oppose to last week's game but he was still involved. Chris makes most of his noise in the passing game as the third down running back but today he only had three catches. The biggest catch went for thirty-eight yards as he eluded a few defenders and outran a few to put Washington at midfield. The catch setup the late fourth quarter heave to attempt the game winning touchdown. Chris only had two carries on the day that went nowhere. Washington has a reliable slot receiver option in Jamison Crowder so Chris can tend to have quiet days much like the Dallas game.

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -7 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a rather quiet day as the passing down specialist. He only had one catch and the six carries he got weren't very useful either. Being a third down back lends itself to up and down weeks like this one against the Giants. Also, the emergence of Jamison Crowder in the slot hampers his touches on a weekly basis.

2016 Week 4 vs CLE (3 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson wasn't called upon as much in this game but he did make his touches count. Chris only had five total touches for this game but had a key fourth quarter touchdown for Washington. His touchdown came on a swing pass out of the backfield from five yards out. His utilization in the red zone has been a huge plus to his value in this offense. Matt handled the bulk of the work as a runner which limits Chris on a weekly basis due to all the pass catchers for Washington.

2016 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was held in check for this game as well. He was limited to six touches but none of them went for more than ten yards. Chris is a third down running back so his productivity and opportunities will be unpredictable each game. There are so many weapons to feed in the offense he can get lost in the shuffle. He didn't have any opportunities in the red zone for this game as well because Washington had bad field position majority of this game.

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had twelve total touches combining the run and pass game. He didn't make much of an impact on either side but it should be noted that he did receive another goal line carry. The coaching staff seems to trust him in the red zone and he gives them playbook flexibility in that area. He was unsuccessful on his attempt but he remains a vital part of what Washington wants to do with their game plans each week.

2016 Week 7 vs DET (12 / 73 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 40 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson received plenty of work in this game via the run and pass. He had nineteen total touches for over one hundred total yards. Chris' ability as a runner and receiver was vital in this game because of Detroit's ability to stop the run. When he is in the game it gives Washington a variety of options in the playbook. It was impressive that he gained seventy-three yards on the ground as Kirk operating from the shotgun showed passing formations which allowed Chris to find holes. His ability to be shifty and quick in tight spaces was valuable much of this game. Chris also played as the desired goal line running back again in this game which is interesting considering Chris is a smaller running back. However, Washington clearly loves his versatility.

2016 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had twelve total touches on the day but couldn't find much room to produce. He was held in check on passing downs which is his specialty as Cincinnati made sure to keep eyes on him in passing situations.

2016 Week 10 vs MIN (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had minimal impact in this game. He only had seven total touches but because he didn't make any explosive 'splash' plays he was held in check. He also had a costly fumble which put him further down the bench for Robert Kelley to work. This game heavily featured Robert Kelley in the backfield so he didn't see many chances to be effective.

2016 Week 11 vs GB (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was needed much in this game as Robert Kelley dominated the run game and Kirk was in rhythm with his receivers in the passing game. The Packers were depleted so the need to check the ball down wasn't necessary. Sometimes Chris can end up being the odd man out and this was one of those games.

2016 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had nine total touches in this game but was overall not very productive. Chris serves as the third down back but Kirk was in sync throwing the ball downfield so there wasn't much need for check down which is where Chris thrives. He was in the game once again in the red zone which illustrates Washington's trust in him as an offensive threat.

2016 Week 13 vs ARI (2 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was an afterthought in this game as he only tallied three touches overall. His highlight of the day was a twenty yard screen pass, but overall he seemed to be mute from the game plan. Based on how explosive he looked on his two runs out of the backfield it probably would have been a good day to give him more work. His running style could have been more beneficial than using the pounder Robert Kelley.

2016 Week 14 vs PHI (3 / 38 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson only had three carries and no receptions in this game but he had possibly the biggest play. Late in the fourth quarter Chris took a pitch and weaved his way through traffic for a twenty-five yard touchdown to put Washington ahead. It was unusual to have him not receive in work in the passing game but he clearly made the most of his three touchdowns by scoring a touchdown.

2016 Week 15 vs CAR (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had a fairly quiet game and was barely involved. He had seven touches overall but none of them resulted in 'splash' plays. The entire offense was bogged down by Carolina so a secondary option like Chris will have difficulty being effective as well. It was also surprising and rare to see Robert Kelley have more success catching the ball out of the backfield.

2016 Week 16 vs CHI (3 / 20 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)

Rob Kelley kept Thompson's snap count low against Chicago. However, Thompson averaged nearly 10 yards per touch and totaled two touchdowns on minimal work. Thompson did not see a snap until the mid-first quarter, but found a huge running lane for a red zone carry for an easy score. Again in the red zone, Thompson's next touch was a perfect screen pass call against a blitz where Thompson ran into the end zone untouched for another score. Thompson logged a perimeter run later in the game for 10 yards as well. The lack of playing time compared to Rob Kelley is concerning, but Thompson maximized his offensive involvement this week with red zone usage and efficiency.

2016 Week 17 vs NYG (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was fairly active in this game but didn't make much of an impact. Due to the fact New York is a great run stuffing team it seemed this would be a game to utilize Chris a little more. He had nine total touches with six coming in the passing game. He wasn't able to convert any of his touches into explosive plays so his production was held in check.

2015 Week 3 vs NYG (2 / 29 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 57 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson looks well established as the Redskins passing down running back. He caught 8 passes on the night and remained busy because of the score differential. Kirk Cousins is also a conservative quarterback so it also made Chris even more vital this game. He only has 2 carries but he showed he dazzling speed and shiftiness when taking off for a 26 yard gain. This was Washington's longest run of the night. Jay Gruden clearly views him as a weapon as he lined up in the slot various times getting matched up on linebackers. He caught the first pass of the game on a beautiful wheel route out of the backfield, and then caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a slant. It will be interesting to see how he is implemented in the offense moving forward but it is clear he has a role now. His numbers and involvement will be inconsistent as a third down running back but he has the ability to make big plays.

2015 Week 4 vs PHI (6 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson is mainly a passing down running back but he was used a little more in the running game as well. Building off the momentum of last game he came into this game with a significant role. Thompson had 6 carries and had a long of 42 yards on one of them. The Redskins tried to take advantage of Chris' big play ability as he displayed in the previous game. It was odd to see him not more involved in the passing game as he only had two catches for this game, but one of them did go for 19 yards. Thompson is clearly another weapon in this offense that will be utilized moving forward and another running back eating touches.

2015 Week 5 vs ATL (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 33 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson only had 3 carries on the day, but he also caught 6 passes as he has solidified his role as the passing down running back. He wasn't as involved early in this game which was unusual compared to the last couple of weeks. However his impact in this game was minimal statistically but his presence on the field clearly makes them more diverse offensively.

2015 Week 6 vs NYJ (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 10 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson found himself a little more busy than usual in this game although the production was minimal. Being that Washington was down double digits in the 2nd half Chris Thompson played a lot more because of passing situations. He had 6 catches on the day but they were all short gains. Thompson is an explosive weapon in this offense but he was bottled up this game. He also had five carries but didn't make any impact in the ground attack.

2015 Week 9 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson had zero carries on the day. However, he was used minimally in the passing game as he collected two catches. The passing game is where they use him most but they were unable to get him more involved in the game to minimal possessions for Washington.

2015 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson only had 2 carries but they totaled 54 yards. Chris' ability in space was problematic for the Saints on his runs. He can get around the corner quickly but also has very good tight space quickness. He also caught 1 pass which highlighted his quickness as well as he can elude defenders with regularity.

2015 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was Washington's most productive running back in this game even though it only equated to 10 yards rushing. The Washington running back core only had 14 yards rushing total for the day. He also had 3 catches but none were of significant impact.

2015 Week 12 vs NYG (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson received a total of 3 touches but failed to leave his imprint on this game. As the 3rd fiddle in the running back core he is bound to have many of these types of days. The Redskins have a fully healthy receiving core as well so his contributions in the passing game have been greatly diminished.

2015 Week 13 vs DAL (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was largely ineffective in this game as he had 5 total touches that resulted in minimal impact toward the game.

2015 Week 16 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson wasn't involved much in his first game back from injury. However, he did catch a 12 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that pushed the lead for Washington. His ability as a receiver is valuable out of the backfield due to his solid route running, knack for getting open, and quickness in congested areas. He played a decent role earlier in the year as a passing down running back but with so many weapons at Kirk's disposal it is hard to see him regaining a consistent role down the stretch.

2015 Week 17 vs DAL (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson was fairly quiet in this game as he had 7 carries but minimal impact yardage wise. He wasn't utilized as much in the passing game but the coaching staff also kept things conservative in this game.

2014 Week 15 vs NYG (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)

Chris Thompson was promoted from the practice squad early in the week due to a Roy Helu toe injury. Thompson filled in well for his first NFL game action, touching the ball six times for 34 yards and a score. Thompson looked lively and showed good hands in the passing game.

2014 Week 16 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

Chris Thompson continued to fill in as a passing downs back for the injured Roy Helu, but didn't make much of an impact in the game. Thompson caught three passes for very short gains on check downs from Griffin, but wasn't able to break free from tight LB coverage. Thompson received no carries in the game.