We are a week into training camp, and, more importantly, we are a week closer to the kickoff of the regular season.
Some players have stepped up, some players have faded into obscurity and some players are just going through the motions. But right now, we are only concerned with those who are stepping up and making an impact. So, without further ado, here are the top-five biggest standouts of camp thus far.
#5 – Chris Thompson (RB)
Had it not been for a broken vertebrae and torn ACL—easy to say now—this guy may have been a first or second round pick. Instead, Thompson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and failed to make much of an impact at all during his rookie season, either in the return or rushing games.
That said, it seems as if Thompson has come out with a renewed fire to compete in Washington’s stacked third-down back competition. He’s been impressive on both special teams and offense through the first week of training camp
“He’s got the speed, he’s got the hands, he’s got the quickness,” coach Jay Gruden told John Keim of ESPN.com. “He’s got everything you’re looking for. We’ve just got to make sure he stays healthy.
Robert Griffin III also heaped a good deal of praise down upon Thompson when he said, “We want him to be Darren Sproles… I love the guy.”
Thompson still has to compete with the incumbent Roy Helu Jr., rookie Lache Seastrunk and Shanahan leftover Evan Royster, but Thompson’s renewed health and explosiveness have placed him firmly back in the competition. We already know that Alfred Morris isn’t going to light the world on fire in the passing game, so whoever wins the third-down back job could see a lot of work.