Jul 27, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (35) and running back Alfred Morris (46) walk onto the field during 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Thompson Behind Schedule

When the Washington Redskins drafted Florida State running back, Chris Thompson, it was for one reason. To back up and take the load off of current starter Alfred Morris’ shoulders.

While fans continue to focus on Roy Helu, who throughout his time with the Redskins has been limited due to both Achilles (causing the Redskins to draft Chris Thompson), Thompson is the man who if healthy, should be behind current starter Alfred Morris.

Think of the two as a John Riggins, Joe Washington combination. Morris being Riggins (doesn’t go down without a fight), and Thompson being Washington (comes in after Morris runs through defenses and runs through a battered defense).

That  positive outcome the Washington Redskins had in mind is currently taking steps backward, as Thompson continues to be sidelined after recovering from an ACL tear.

Though it is still early in training camp, the amount of reps a rookie misses can be crucial on whether they are able to start or even play that season.

Sept 22, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Chris Thompson (4) runs the ball during the first half of the game against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

If Thompson is unable to start training camp soon, the Redskins will have to hope that Roy Helu’s Achilles can stay strong this season in order to not run Alfred Morris into the ground.

The Redskins last year benefited with a strong running game with Robert Griffin III in the read-option. Unfortunately after his injuries sustained last season, the Redskins might be forced to limit the amount of times Griffin runs the ball.

That in return will force a lot more pressure on the running back core, who without Thompson, would be weaker without his speed and agility.

Jamison ideally won’t make the active roster this season unless for some reason Helu and Thompson are both unavailable, forcing the Redskins to put Jamison in the mix.

No matter the outcome, Alfred Morris will take the bulk of the carries this season, but with Chris Thompson the Redskins are a much quicker and more lethal team at the running back core than without him.

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