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It’s an inexact science. The league is constantly evolving and changing to match the new schemes and strategies designed by coaches and front-office executives. Roster building is such a careful craft. With only 53 spots available (45 activated on game day), teams have to be very careful with the people that they keep and the ones that they let go.
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Jacksonville Jaguars sign RB Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson has had a good NFL career thus far, spending the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins as a change-of-pace and third down running back. A fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Thompson didn’t see much action his first couple of seasons in the league, until Jay Gruden was hired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins. “[Chris Thompson’s] a guy that’s a valuable asset to this football team,” Gruden said.
Now, Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, and he is being reunited with one of his favorite utility players less than a year after his firing from Washington.
Thompson is more valued for his receiving ability out of the backfield. His career has also been marred by injuries and limited the best of his ability in that sense. Still, Thompson has played in 60 games over the last five years, while compiling almost 3000 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns.
At 5’8″ and 195 pounds, think of Thompson as a Darren Sproles type of running back. Thompson has the speed to make a difference in the NFL, but should be the perfect complementary running back to Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville.
NFL Transactions Report
- Cardinals cut DB Andre Chachere via waivers.
- Jaguars signed RB Chris Thompson.
- Ravens cut WR Sean Modster via waivers.