NFL NEWS - The durability issue, finally, was answered the way Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson wanted. Yes, he actually could get through a season without missing a game. It was the first time Thompson has done so in his first four years in the NFL. And the first time since his sophomore year in college.
In fact, because he was hurt as a rookie he did not qualify for an accrued season which is why he’s a restricted free agent now instead of unrestricted. The Redskins love what he did this season, running 68 times for 358 yards and catching 49 passes for 349 yards. He was solid in pass protection, too.
Staying healthy through it all was gratifying for Thompson. He missed time as a junior and senior at Florida State with injuries to his back and knee. He has missed time with various ailments in Washington – he played a combined six games his first two seasons (but 29 the last two).
“It was big for me,” he said. “It’s all part of my journey, part of my story. I just want to be an inspiration to others.”
At 5-foot-8, 195 pounds, Thompson can be inspiring. He said he has increased his durability because of how he has learned the game. It wasn’t about a new diet or doing more work in the weight room.
“The game slowed down a lot for me,” he said. “A lot of those hits I was taking in previous years, I wasn’t taking this year because I saw them coming. One place my game did step up was making that first tackler miss. It sounds small, but it’s a big deal when it comes to me playing and playing freely. So I’m able to see hits come before they do. I’m able to brace myself and just get up and move on to the next play.”
Thompson is one of three restricted free agents for the Redskins. Linebacker Will Compton and tackle Ty Nsekhe also are restricted.dallascowboysjerseyspop
Compton just changed agents, going from Chris Gittings to Neil Cornrich, and has had talks in the past with the Redskins about an extension. Nsekhe fared well in his four starts at left tackle when Trent Williams was suspended.
The question will be: Which round will these players be tendered? The Redskins could do an original-round tender with Thompson, which means they’d receive a fifth-round pick if he left. They could also do a second-round tender, which would be nearly $1 million more – but they’d receive a second-round cheap hockey jerseys pick if he signed elsewhere and they failed to match.
With Nsekhe and Compton, both were undrafted so the Redskins can’t use an original-round tender on them. If they don’t use a second-round tender, they could lose them without compensation – but they would have the right of first refusal. Again, for approximately $1 million more, they could give them a second-round tender.
“I believe I can start for a team in this league,” Nsekhe said. “If the opportunity comes, it comes. I like it here also.”
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