Chris Thompson Could Be Redskins’ Punt ReturnerAug 29th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Sports
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Former Madison County High School Cowboy and Florida State Seminole standout Chris Thompson, of Greenville, could end up being the punt returner for the Washington Redskins this season. Thompson was drafted in the fifth round by the Redskins. He is Florida State’s third all-time leading ground gainer, carrying the ball 277 times and picking up 1,735 yards and a 6.26—yard per rush average. Before a season ending injury put him out for the season, he was one of the major cogs in the Seminole offense, which finished with its highest yardage ever, with 6,591 yards. The opportunity for Thompson opened up when regular Redskins’ punt returner Richard Crawford suffered his own season ending injury in last week’s preseason game. After Crawford was injured, Thompson returned three punts for 48 yards, including a 31-yard return. The thing that may hamper Thompson from becoming the punt return man and even making the Redskins’ roster is being able to secure the football and not fumble away his chance. Redskins’ Coach Mike Shanahan took the rookie to task for fumbling the football, which Thompson has done twice in the pre-season, including once in Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. “No matter how good you are, if you fumble, you can’t play,” Shanahan told The Washington Times. During the game, Thompson rushed 15 times for 44 yards, which comes out to less than three yards per carry. “Just got to realize that’s part of football. You’re not going to be perfect every single play,” Thompson said. “You’re going to have mistakes and you’ve just got to put them behind you. That’s what any football player should be able to do. And if you don’t you’ll continue to be in the tank game after game.”
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