WASHINGTON — It took Chris Thompson a long time and a lot of hard work to become an overnight success story, but 2017 has been his breakout campaign.

After five games, Thompson is still the Redskins’ best offensive weapon, somehow leading the team in both receiving and rushing yards. This is made all the more impressive because Thompson has a history of injuries and the plan is to use him sparingly.

Here’s a look at the rankings for Thompson among teammates:

Chris Thompson 36 175 4.9 61 2
Samaje Perine 55 166 3 12 0
Rob Kelley 29 131 4.5 21 0


Jordan Reed 18 142 7.9 16 0
Chris Thompson 18 340 18.9 74 2
Jamison Crowder 17 121 7.1 30 0
Terrelle Pryor 16 209 13.1 44 1
Ryan Grant 13 158 12.2 34 2
Vernon Davis 11 225 20.5 69 1


The reason for Thompson’s rushing prowess is twofold, as he has been effective each week and healthy. Starting tailback Rob Kelley has once again battled injuries while rookie Samaje Perine has worked to find his role in the offense.

But Thompson has been steady, both as a third down back and necessary outlet.

In the receiving game, Thompson has been both an outlet receiver and key offensive target. According to NBC Sports, Thompson has 334 of his 340 receiving yards after making the reception. Since this is an unofficial stat, this is unverified, but it goes to show you why the Redskins like Thompson with the ball in his hands.

How unusual is this stat? While there are four other running backs who lead their club in rushing and are second on the team in receiving yards, there are zero other NFL players who lead their team in both rushing and receiving yards.

Good thing the Redskins locked him up with a two-year extension.


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