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WR Thompson Intriguing Big-Bodied Target

Posted by Chris Herting on May 6, 2013 – 11:32 am


Last week, the Redskins signed Indiantown, Florida native, Jason Thompson, as an undrafted college free agent. The wide receiver had an incredibly productive collegiate career at the University of New Haven.

Now before you go saying, ‘So what? I’ve never heard of New Haven’. Let us tell you a little bit about the school and Thompson’s story.

“The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education which enrolls”…just kidding. We’re not taking you on a guided tour of the campus. Simply put, we’re here to talk football.

Fact is that, yes, the University of New Haven participates in Division II athletics. But don’t let that information deter you and bear with us for a moment.

Thompson provides a big-bodied frame at 6’3”. Although he’s a little wiry at only 190 pounds, he demonstrates great leaping ability and possesses the talent to go up and grab the ball at its highest point; something any level of quarterback can appreciate.

How else could Thompson account for 132 receptions for 2,511 yards and 36 touchdowns? These are numbers that are impressive at any level of competition.

Here’s a small glimpse into Thompson’s highlight reel career:

So what do you think?

Before you go passing judgment, remember that wide receiver Pierre Garçon played at Division III Mount Union before breaking out as a number one wide out in the NFL. How about Redskins 80th great wide receiver Gary Clark? Clark was a standout receiver for Division I-AA James Madison University. What about wide receiver Ricky Sanders? Sanders attended Texas State University which at the time still participated in Division II athletics (1980s).

Beyond the Redskins, remember a certain Hall of Fame receiver named Jerry Rice? You guessed it. Rice entered the NFL by way of Mississippi Valley State.

Point is that a player coming from a smaller, more unknown school should not determine whether or not he’s capable of producing at a high level in the NFL. It’s more about the players’ skillset and personal ability to make the transition, maybe even more so at wide receiver than any other position on the field.

We’re not saying nor predicting that Thompson will have a career similar to the players mentioned above. Matter of fact is that very few players do. Nonetheless, he is an intriguing prospect to watch should he earn a spot on the team’s training camp roster.

Sometimes all a player needs is a chance and a system that fits their skillset.

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12 Responses to “WR Thompson Intriguing Big-Bodied Target”

  1. By skinsalltheway on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    this kid looks like he has alot of potential and RG3 is just the QB to bring it out

  2. By Burt Holcomb on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    To me he looks like he really knows how to get open and get separation from the defenders and he also has great hands!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By oldref on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Thompson looks like he has the skills worthy of a good look in training camp. But there is another fella on that team worth of a look — the QB. Note that ALL his throws were on target, including placement where only the WR could touch the ball. That kind of accuracy is rare.

  4. By oldref on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Thompson definitely looks like he has skills worthy of a good look in training camp. But there is another fella on that team who is also worthy of a good look — the QB. Note that he was on target with ALL his throws, including placement of the ball where only the WR could get it. That kind of accuracy is fairly rare.

  5. By Prophet29 on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…you can’t teach soft hands. The guy doesn’t let the fact that a corner tries to handle him at the line mess up his focus and concentration, either.

  6. By Eric on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    He has a long stride and a huge catch radius. It looks like he does a good job of using his long arms to get free of the jam at the line.

    His routes are smooth, and “weaving” as he finds the space between the zones. He runs routes like Josh Morgan. He also needs to be able to compress and make more sudden cuts (like Moss). That can be developed.

  7. By Nick Ravichandran on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    His body and soft hands remind me of Randy Moss.

  8. By Stephen on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Shows flashes of a randy moss skill set. leaping ability is awesome.

  9. By gamestation on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Some of those throws were high, which the QB likely did on purpose knowing this guys radius for catching the ball is huge. I especially liked how high he would get the ball out of the air and still get BOTH feet inbounds. Glad this guy is getting a chance to make the skins roster.

  10. By gamestation on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    @oldref NE has signed that QB for their rookie camp so we shall she if he makes it cuz he had some superb throws at new haven.

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