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Jul 24, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) carries the ball past Redskins head coach Jay Gruden (R) during practice on day one of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins vs. Buccaneers: Player to Watch - Chris Thompson

Redskins vs. Buccaneers.  The Washington Redskins competition for reserve running back spots has been very fierce with players pulling ahead, then falling behind, and then pulling ahead again with each passing week.  At the start of training Chris Thompson seemed to be the favorite for the third running back slot but an ankle injury has changed that.

Without being able to play Thompson has given other running backs a chance to shine in his absence.  Rookies Lache Seastunk and Silas Redd have impressed with solid performances as has veteran Evan Royster.  And now Thompson is in need a big performance against the Buccaneers to get his name back into contention.

Thompson has the ability, as Redskins head coach Jay Gruden likes his speed and the versatility he brings as a change of pace runner and a receiver out of the backfield.  But the problem is that Thompson hasn’t been able to stay healthy enough to give the Redskins a long enough look at what he can bring to the offense on a consistent basis.

So with no Alfred Morris playing against the Bucs there will be more opportunities for the reserve backs to show what they can do.  And Thompson needs to flash in this game to ensure himself of securing a roster spot.  He may still be bothered by his ankle injury and it will be interesting to see how effective he is coming off the injury.

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