Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/27/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Thompson in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Jaguars in May of 2020.
No future in Jacksonville?
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Back
January 26, 2021
The Jaguars may look for a new third-down back to replace Thompson (back) this offseason, Garry Smits of The Florida Times-Union reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson signed a one-year contract last offseason and played in eight games before a back injury sent him to injured reserve. He finished with only seven carries for 20 yards and a 20/146/1 receiving line, while starting RB James Robinson piled up 1,070 rushing yards, 344 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns. The Jags may want a third-down specialist to help lighten Robinson's workload in 2021, but the 30-year-old Thompson isn't likely to be that guy. After missing five or more games for a fourth consecutive year, Thompson could have trouble finding work even if his back injury heals before the start of free agency.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Chris Thompson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
14.3%
 
Positive Run %
85.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
3.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
17.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
6.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.31
 
% Team Air Yards
1.0%
 
% Team Targets
3.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
87.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.9
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The story remained the same for Thompson last season. He was dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield when he was healthy, but staying in the lineup was a problem. The 29-year-old has averaged 57 targets, 43 catches and 376 yards the last four seasons, despite missing 17 games due to various lower-body injuries, and as recently as 2017 he was among the league leaders in yards per target (9.4, tops among running backs). The injuries have taken their toll on his elusiveness, however, and his declining effectiveness on the ground is a strong sign that his role will remain limited to passing downs. A move to Jacksonville to rejoin forces with Jay Gruden could keep Thompson relevant as he looks to carve into the 100 targets Leonard Fournette had last year, but the 29-year-old's best days may be behind him even if he's healthy.
Thompson missed six games due to injuries both of the last two years, but that's where the similarities between his 2017 and 2018 end. He showed his upside early last season, piling up 221 combined yards and a receiving TD in the first two weeks, but once he returned from rib injuries late in the season, Washington's disastrous QB situation prevented him from making any kind of impact. Thompson's 4.9 YPT and 4.1 YPC were the lowest figures of his career since he established himself as a regular member of the team's backfield in 2015, and while he still flashes speed and elusiveness when he's healthy, he's played a full 16-game schedule only once. With veteran Case Keenum and first-round pick Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job, the scatback should at least have a more stable offense around him no matter who wins the gig, but Thompson's utility will depend largely on his ability to avoid the big hits and serious injuries that keep derailing him. There isn't much room for an expanded role on early downs, as Derrius Guice is expected to be ready for Week 1 and Adrian Peterson is back for at least one more season.
Thompson put together his best campaign yet last year, hauling in a career-high 510 receiving yards despite playing in only 10 games, thanks to an eye-popping figure of 13.1 yards per catch, a figure many wide receivers would envy. He also managed 4.6 YPC on the ground, holding his own once again when handed the ball instead of having it tossed to him. Thompson has prototypical scatback size at 5-8, 191 pounds, but he isn't afraid to mix it up between the tackles, using his small stature to hide behind blockers while showing the patience and vision to let holes develop and the burst to get through them quickly. His main strength, though, is as a receiver, and his route running and hands match up with any back in the league. Despite good speed and elusiveness, Thompson's willingness to get physical means he takes too many big hits, and his checkered injury history - including the broken fibula that ended his 2017 season - stretches back to his college days. On a per-game basis, he should be productive with the Washington passing game now in Alex Smith's steady hands, but how many games Thompson will play is the big question.
Thompson stayed healthy in 2016 and the result was, naturally, his best NFL season to date. While his sure hands and strong routes make him an effective pass-catching weapon out of the backfield and allowed him to set career highs in receptions, targets and receiving yards, Thompson proved for the second straight year that his small stature doesn't prevent him from making an impact on the ground as well. He had five runs of 15 yards or more on just 68 carries, the eighth best rate in the league, and he scored his first three rushing touchdowns in the NFL. The elevation of QB coach Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator should keep the focus on the passing game in Washington, and while Robert Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine will compete for early down snaps, Thompson should have third-down work mostly to himself.
While its difficult to make sharp conclusions with someone who plays limited snaps, Thompson's per-play averages from last year do get your attention, and he showed the ability to play in a variety of packages. Washington's RB depth chart is fairly thin as we go to press, which means Thompson by default could have a notable role here. That said, Washington's current front office didn't draft Thompson; he's also coming off January shoulder surgery; and the Redskins seem to be linked to every potential free-agent running back. Thompson's fantasy situation should be much clearer by the end of August; he could be the team's No. 2 back at that time, or perhaps a free agent looking for work. He makes the cut in our profile section because he did put some explosive plays on the field last year.
The third-year back has failed to see the field much in his first two professional seasons, attempting three rushes for 12 yards and catching six balls for 27 yards and a touchdown after being promoted from the practice squad in Week 15. This might be his last opportunity on the Redskins. As a smaller back with a lot of speed, he enters 2015 with an uncertain role. Thompson returned kicks in college and also returned some for the Redskins in 2013, but that role was overtaken by Andre Roberts last season. He’ll likely compete with Silas Redd and 3rd round pick Matt Jones for backup duties to Alfred Morris in 2015.
He has game breaking speed but failed to landed a job in the Washington backfield.
Thompson will look to sneak onto the roster for the Redskins in 2013 with a crowd at the position.
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Sent to IR
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Back
November 16, 2020
The Jaguars placed Thompson (back) on injured reserve Monday, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
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Dealing with new issue
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Back
November 15, 2020
Thompson has been cleared from concussion evaluation, but remains questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers due to a back injury.
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Exits contest Sunday
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Concussion
November 15, 2020
Thompson left Sunday's game against the Packers and is being evaluated for a concussion.
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Totals 38 yards
RBJacksonville Jaguars
November 9, 2020
Thompson rushed once for three yards and caught all four of his targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Texans.
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Lifted from COVID list
RBJacksonville Jaguars
October 30, 2020
The Jaguars activated Thompson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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