Coming into training camp this season, there were some very high hopes for second-year running back Chris Thompson that he could become a huge contributor this season. Robert Griffin III even went so far as to say that he believed Thompson could have a Darren Sproles-type presence in this organization.
However, as Thompson battles an ankle injury, there are some that are concerned that he might not even make the final roster for the regular season.
But as Rich Tandler from CSN Washington points out, Thompson is highly regarded enough, despite the injury, that he will have a spot on this team.
It sounds like Jay Gruden is becoming more exasperated by the day as Thompson rehabs the ankle injury. But a head coach doesn’t really worry about the status of a player who isn’t in the team’s plans. Thompson has speed and fast players get more breaks and more chances than slow players. Assuming he heals up (and that’s no lock given his injury history) Gruden will find a way to keep him around.
Of course, if he can get back from this ankle issue soon, Thompson does have the ability to open up the Redskins’ offense with his versatile skill set. While Alfred Morris is the bruiser, Thompson brings a nice change of pace out of the backfield.