The former fifth-round pick in 2013 has the wiggle to his game the coaches like -- and want when running certain parts of their offense. But the front office also likes undrafted free agent Trey Williams, who has a similar game (but is still learning). They also have Silas Redd and rookie third-rounder Matt Jones behind starter Alfred Morris.
But Thompson’s durability has always been an issue and when on the field he hasn’t produced enough.
Thompson missed most of his rookie season after a suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder. He missed time in his last season at Florida State because of a torn ACL and missed his junior season because of a back injury. Last summer, he was sidelined with an ankle injury. Those who follow the team thought he may be able to pass Roy Helu for the team's third down role last year, but that didn't happen. With Helu now gone, Matt Jones could be a big factor in the role so Thompson has his work cut out in order to stay in Washington.