Missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, Chris Thompson has been a little more intense this week as he desperately wants to get back on the field vs. the Eagles.
Chris Thompson is ready to let his frustration out on the football field.
As the Washington Redskins got back to work Wednesday in preparation for Saturday night's NFC East clash with the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, Thompson stood out in drills that have become relatively routine over the last few months.
As running backs coach Randy Jordan lined up the running backs and fullback Darrel Young for blocking drills, Thompson, who stands at just 5-foot-8 and weighs less than 200 pounds, had the biggest blocks of the session, pushing back pads held by Pierre Thomas and Matt Jones with authority.
After being sidelined for two weeks with a shoulder injury, Thompson wants to get back to a place he's comfortable being in.
"Yeah, I'm ready to get back out there," Thompson told Redskins.com. "It's been a tough few weeks for me, and just being out on the field is my way of getting away from life. Yesterday, I was pretty emotional as you could tell on the sideline."
Indeed, Thompson is desperate to get back on the field, not only to show that he can still be a key contributor, but also to help the Redskins get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 season, a year before the Redskins took him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
"This is what I've been waiting for," Thompson said. "I think that's another reason why my intensity has picked up a whole lot as of late, besides frustration. But I just want to make sure I can do everything week in, week out from this point on to help us have success."
Thompson was limited in practice through most of last week before the decision to keep him inactive was made on Sunday.
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This week he was a full participant in both practices, though.
"I feel good, man," said Thompson, who has been and will continue to wear a harness over his shoulder for the rest of the season. "I feel confident about the shoulder being a couple of weeks out now. Basically I'm just waiting on them to make the call at this point."
Brought in to be an emergency man for the injured Thompson, nine-year veteran Pierre Thomas has been nothing but supportive for the 25-year-old.
"I've just been picking his ear about certain stuff," Thompson said. "He'll be watching me run certain routes, and then just give me tips on the side on what I can do here and there. I think this is Year 9 for him, so whatever he did up until this point worked. So I'm just trying to get any advice from him while I can with him. He's been doing a great job just being a teammate and being one of those veteran guys that's coming in and just wants to help in any way possible. No attitude, no getting upset just not knowing week in and week out who's going to be playing. He's just come in and helped us all out."
Thomas, meanwhile, thinks that Thompson, even from the little he's seen from him over the last two weeks, can be "a dangerous player in this league."
"He still has a little bit more to learn, this is his third year in the league, but I feel like he has a great grasp," Thomas said. "Being part of a team with some of the guys who was great at cutting and doing those things like Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles – I see that in him. I see that type of game. He has his own style, but he still has that quickness, that agility, that movement just like those dudes. If I see something that I used to see from Reggie or Sproles, I tell him I say, 'Hey, this is what these guys used to do, and you kind of remind me of them, but try looking at it this way and doing it this way and see how it works for yourself.' He's listening and he's doing his thing and he's helping me out also. He's going to be a great player in this league and I see it out of him."