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Kirk Cousins Switches Back To Trusty No. 8

Posted by Andrew Walker on April 3, 2014 – 4:18 pm

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There’s been lots of chatter lately about Redskins uniform numbers — who’s wearing what, who’s not wearing what, who wants to wear what, etc. — so this topic certainly isn’t just simple offseason fodder (and see the bottom of this post for more uniform number updates, including DeSean Jackson’s).

But when two players make an arrangement for a uniform number that benefits children, well, that’s just the deal of all deals.

That’s what’s happened between third-year Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and recently-acquired wide receiver Andre Roberts

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Combine Look Back: The Class Of 2013

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 20, 2014 – 4:54 pm

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Although 40-yard dashes, broad jumps and bench press reps don’t really give us an idea of a prospect’s viability as a football player, the physical tests can give a glimpse at a man’s raw athletic potential and ability to thrive in a competitive atmosphere. Over the course of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the Redskins blog will take a look back at how Washington’s past three draft classes fared in Indianapolis.

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Chris Thompson Missed His Flight, Forgot His Ticket And Still Made It To The BCS National Championship Game

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 22, 2014 – 4:58 pm

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The wrong backpack sat rumpled on the cabin floor of the airplane. No front pocket was sewn into the ventral side. Chris Thompson panicked and tweeted.

Without a front pocket, there would be no ticket. Without a ticket, the Redskins running back had no idea how he would make it inside the Rose Bowl.

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Number Changes Part Of Busy Weekend

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 2, 2013 – 9:31 am

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In case you missed it this weekend due to either being away at the beach making sandcastles for the last time in 2013 or were simply enjoying back-to-back gorgeous a lot happened during the weekend ranging from roster trimmings to filling out a practice squad with all familiar faces.

For four, they will also be seeing new numbers this morning at practice. For whatever reason, jersey numbers choices are always intriguing. Maybe it’s due to the next jersey purchase or rooting for that guy that has the same number you did growing up, but the changes are as follows:

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Chris Thompson–Just One Play

Posted by Evan Redmon on August 29, 2013 – 12:55 pm

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Mike Shanahan has always been known as a no-nonsense coach.

So when a rookie running back fumbles the football in consecutive preseason games, it doesn’t bode well for his chances. Shanahan has little tolerance for turnovers by his ball carriers.

Chris Thompson probably knows that as well as anyone. So when the fifth round pick out of Florida State put the ball on the turf against the Buffalo Bills last Saturday, he had to know that he needed to redeem himself.

And that’s the magic of the preseason. One play can change the fortunes–literally–of a player in an instant.

Flash back a few weeks ago to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond. At one of Shanahan’s many press conferences, he was asked why Thompson wasn’t practicing on a particular day. The coach said Thompson had some nagging foot soreness and looked “sluggish”.

That’s a coach’s way of saying ‘I’m not too thrilled about his performance so far’.

Then came Thompson’s two fumbles; one against Pittsburgh and again the next week against Buffalo. With the roster cuts looming, this is not how a rookie wants to make an impression.

In the preseason however, guys are looking for “just one play” to turn the coach’s heads. Thompson made such a play, and fate may have intervened on his behalf.

With the 3rd quarter winding down, Thompson fielded a Sean Powell punt in stride at the Redskins 39 yard line and shot forward like flash of lightening, eliciting gasps and cheers from the FedEx faithful. Thirty-one yards later, Thompson had set up the Skins well into Buffalo territory, and fellow running back Keiland Williams capped the short drive off with a 1-yard touchdown.

Thompson also had a 27-yard kickoff return earlier in the game.

Sometimes, a bit of unfortunate news to a fellow teammate opens a door. When it was determined that presumed No. 1 punt returner Richard Crawford will need season-ending surgery on his left knee, the door to Thompson’s future suddenly blew wide open after impressing everyone on that punt return.

Some say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Chris Thompson made the most of his opportunity in “just one play”, and he may have made the Redskins final roster in the process.


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Candidates Galore For Punt Return Duties

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 27, 2013 – 4:06 pm

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With news that incumbent punt return Richard Crawford was lost for the season after sustaining a knee injury against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, the Washington Redskins punt return battle is as open as the holes the offensive line created for Alfred Morris last season.

In a move that sounds more like head coach Mike Shanahan trying his hand at filling out a recreation basketball squad than an open competition for the right to field punts, the two-time Super Bowl champion head coach said in his post-practice press conference on Monday afternoon that there are “a few candidates” for the job.

“We actually had 14 guys returning punts today, so everybody wants a shot to be our returner [joking]. I’d say our experienced guys are guys that you all know about. [Wide receiver] Santana [Moss] has done it in the past; D-Hall [cornerback DeAngelo Hall] has done it; I think everybody saw what [running back] Chris Thompson has done. So we’ve got a few of guys back there – along with [wide receiver] Skye [Dawson], we saw him, what he’s done in a couple of preseason games – so we’ve got a few candidates back there.”

You’re probably thinking right about now ‘Shanahan joked? Yeah right.’ But the man who goes into every situation with a fiery intensity that would shake even Chuck Norris to his core joked about how many players are in the competition—sort of.

So who has the best shot at lining up to return Donnie Jones punts on September 9th?

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No Starburst Shortage For Chris Thompson

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 21, 2013 – 2:44 pm

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I’ve got a juicy update to the Chris Thompson-Starburst love story. It’s mutual.

During training camp in Richmond, the rookie running back told Monumental Today that he keep Starburst in his socks on game days. Yes the flavorful, cuboid little candies that everyone wants to ask for the second you open up a pack.

As he and the rest of the team trickled back into team headquarters yesterday to get a light workout in and start preparations for Saturday’s annual preseason matchup against the Bills, Thompson had a surprise treat waiting at his locker.

“I didn’t say anything to Starburst beforehand but they did obviously, get ahold of my story. I actually didn’t see them here at first, they brought them for me.”

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First Home Pit Stop On Road To 53

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 12:05 pm

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Now that the Washington Redskins are completely immersed in the preseason slate, the prelude to what is hopefully another division winning season, let this serve as a reminder that the next three games do carry some significance.

While it may not mean quite as much to guys like Santana Moss, who’s now playing in his 13th preseason and really has little to prove in his current role in the slot, Pat White’s performance against the Titans epitomizes the importance for guys fighting to make it onto the 53-man roster.

White, who played with the Dolphins in 2009 and the 2010 preseason, currently sits fourth on the team’s unofficial depth chart behind Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. After going 5-for-8 with 64 combined yards and a late touchdown scamper and subsequent two-point conversion to rookie tight end Emmanuel Ogbuhei, he’s rightfully deserved some attention from the media and fans alike.

Last week, the Redskins Blog highlighted White and Chase Minnifield (three tackles and a pass defensed) as under-the-radar players to watch, and while I don’t want to make any claims of being a good rub, I do hope the trend continues tonight.

Of the many players to keep an eye on here are two that could make some noise:

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VIDEO: Chris Thompson’s Shifty Cuts

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 6, 2013 – 4:34 pm

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For the majority of training camp so far, the Redskins Blog has shown you how the running backs look in the passing game through various one-on-one drills. Well today, isn’t about their incorporation in the aerial attack–it’s about pounding the rock.

While Alfred Morris soaked up a majority of the load last season, the Redskins have some depth heading into 2013 that includes the return of Roy Helu Jr. and the additions of Jawan Jamison and Chris Thompson.

Thompson, who’s returning from an injury-shortened final season at Florida State University, showed off his 4.4 speed and elusiveness in front of a large crowd who could care less that the ground is still soaked.

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Rookie Spotlight: Chris Thompson

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 30, 2013 – 12:09 pm

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Each day during training camp, the Redskins Blog will be highlighting one rookie as they participate in their first professional camp and try to find their way onto the final roster. Today’s spotlight is on running back Chris Thompson.

In the fifth round of this April’s draft, the Washington Redskins selected Florida State running back Chris Thompson with the 154th overall pick.

While the position wasn’t on many “experts” needs list for the team, the Redskins simply couldn’t pass on Thompson.

Over the last two seasons, Mike Shanahan’s zone-blocking run scheme has turned late round running backs Roy Helu, Jr. (fourth round in 2011) and Alfred Morris (sixth round in 2012) into overnight sensations.

Thompson, seeing their success, has gone to them for advice on the best way to translate his game to Shanahan’s offense.

“They’ve been helping me out a whole lot. Every single moment that they get to help me out, or if I have a question they’re quick to answer it.”

Being in this system, Alfred only a year, he knows everything really well and that just pretty much explains why he’s the starter now. But also a lot of the other guys have been starters and know the system also. So anybody I have a question for, they’re able to tell me right off the bat. And it’s good that we have such a great group of running backs here because we’re all competing every single day making each other better.”

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