On Wednesday, the Washington Redskins signed fifth-round draft pick Chris Thompson to a four-year rookie contract. The team tweeted out a picture of the Florida State running back signing his official deal. The team then announced this morning that it has also come to terms with seventh round selection Jawan Jamison from Rutgers. Both players will now enter the competition to become the back-up to Alfred Morris. Evan Royster and Roy Helu remain on the Redskins roster.
Thompson is the most explosive of the four backs, averaging over seven yards a carry in college. However, his collegiate career has been plagued with injuries. Thompson is currently rehabbing from reconstructive surgery of his ACL, but has expressed a hope of participating in mini-camp starting at the end of July. Jamison is also a question mark; he had a productive career at Rutgers, but left school two years early to provide financial assistance to his family. However, in drafting two running backs, Mike Shanahan appears to be displeased with the depth currently on the roster. For this reason, Thompson and Jamison appear to have a great opportunity to find a spot on the final roster.