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Redskins sign their second running back from the draft

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On Wednesday, the Redskins announced that they had agreed to a contract with rookie running back Chris Thompson.

Thompson, a fifth-round pick last month, was one of two running backs the Redskins selected in the draft. The team announced Thursday that they have signed Jawan Jamison, the second of the backs, as well.

Jamison was selected with the 228th overall pick after wrapping up his career at Rutgers. The seventh-rounder ran for 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns during his two collegiate seasons and said after the draft that he went pro with two years of eligibility left so that he could provide financial support to his mother.

Jamison and Thompson will join Roy Helu and Evan Royster in a scrum for spots on the depth chart behind Alfred Morris in 2013. Jamison will likely be an underdog in that competition, but no one really expected Morris to come out of last summer as the team’s starting running back so that’s relatively insignificant if he can play at the needed levels.

The Redskins have now signed four of their seven draft picks, with their first three picks remaining without contracts.

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21 Responses to “Redskins sign their second running back from the draft”
  1. onearmsteven says: May 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    seems like a good guy. mom has breast cancer so he needs to help pay the bills. hope he can make the team in place of royster.

  2. jaycutlerslagunabeach says: May 16, 2013 11:32 AM

    So I guess Cooley’s not going to be resigned

  3. dallashomer says: May 16, 2013 11:57 AM

    Does Shanahan like running backs? Huh, I hadn’t noticed.

  4. skinsfan29 says: May 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    I think that either Thompson or Jamison will make the team as return man or even the third down back. If Helu is healthy that wont have a chance. And yes Shanahan does like running backs, but he knows how to pick them! Dallas likes wide receivers but that can’t seem to pick ones that are both talented and smart! They’re either talented and drug addicts or talented and dumb! HTTR!!

  5. kerryc21realty says: May 16, 2013 12:33 PM

    Shannahan really knows what he is doing

  6. myeaglescantwin says: May 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    yeah,, enter the NFL with no true certainty of $$$$ instead of completing your educational developement so you can have a real career.

    kids these days,

  7. keepingitrealdumb says: May 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    what educational development? these guys are in college majoring in football .. for the expressed purpose and goal of pro football.

    no different than majoring in physics with a goal of a career in physics .. he is majoring in football for a career in football.

    kids these days got it right

  8. dansnyder says: May 16, 2013 1:21 PM

    Myeaglescantwin says:
    yeah,, enter the NFL with no true certainty of $$$$ instead of completing your educational developement so you can have a real career.

    kids these days”
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    His mother has breast cancer. He left early to get money to help support her immediately. Even if he became a UDFA if he made a team any money would help her out. Assuming he makes the team he won’t have an issue supporting her. The kid had two years of eligibility remaining and he left early even with a late round grade from the NFL draft advisory board just to get a chance to maybe make a team and get money to help pay her expenses. The kid left for college for a noble cause, that should be celebrated, not ridiculed.

  9. flavadave10 says: May 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    Hard not to root for this guy. Even as a Ravens fan, hope he succeeds.

  10. Rutgersknight says: May 16, 2013 1:55 PM

    Jamison received a 3rd Rd grade from the draft advisory board but had a slow 40 at his workouts. Washington is gettingva steal.

  11. woodbridgekid73 says: May 16, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m not really concerned about running backs since we have Alford Morris. I think we need more depth at wide receiver.

  12. romoscollarbone says: May 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    As a Rutgers alum and Cowboys fan, it really stung when Wash snapped him up. The kid runs with excellent, vision and balance, he’ll thrive under Shannahan’s zone scheme.

  13. flavadave10 says: May 16, 2013 3:27 PM

    woodbridgekid73 says:
    May 16, 2013 1:56 PM
    I’m not really concerned about running backs since we have Alford Morris. I think we need more depth at wide receiver.
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    You kidding me? Running Backs get injured all the time. You really can’t have too much depth there. Suppose Alfred Morris tears his Achilles’ or ACL while making a cut. Suppose he gets his leg twisted in a dogpile and breaks his leg.

  14. skinsfan29 says: May 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    That’s so true!! You definitely need more depth at the running back position. Now that we have a TE/WR in Jordan Reed we can always use double tight ends! I think Washington had an excellent draft for what their cards dealt them. Both of these backs can potentially be steals, which either means trade bait or more depth! Also who knows how healthy Helu is going to be and Royster isn’t the type of back that can change the speed of the game like Thompson! HTTR!!

  15. peytonsneck18 says: May 16, 2013 4:44 PM

    massive bust!!

  16. peytonsneck18 says: May 16, 2013 4:45 PM

    i hope this guy likes losing, cause if so, he got drafted by the perfect organization for it

  17. seaeagle707 says: May 16, 2013 7:20 PM

    On a serious note, I wouldn’t expect RGIII to be a “highly mobile” QB, this year. Not because of himself or his abilities, but rather the fears of the FO. They will no doubt go conservative on what they will allow Shanny, to do with his star QB. In other words Snyder & Co, will be trying to protect their investment going forward. It thus behooves the team to stock up on running backs and WR’s now.

  18. lovdemsknscom says: May 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    Why hate on royster hes a pretty good back had some good highlights his rookie year.he didnt get alot of carries last year hes realy good around the goal line and has good vision.isnt he like penn states all time leading rusher.I thought i herd or read that once.

  19. thirdistheworrd says: May 16, 2013 9:37 PM

    lovdemsknscom says: May 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    Why hate on royster hes a pretty good back had some good highlights his rookie year.he didnt get alot of carries last year hes realy good around the goal line and has good vision.isnt he like penn states all time leading rusher.I thought i herd or read that once.
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    I don’t think anyone is “hating”, it’s more that they’re speculating that Royster will be the odd man out on the RB depth chart. And yes, he is Penn State’s leading rusher. But college greatness doesn’t necessarily carry over to the NFL, if it did, the Jets just cut the greatest quarterback in history.

    Point is not that Royster’s bad, but that there are four runningbacks on the team that are, presumably, better. If he’s not on the Redskins next season, someone will definitely scoop him up quick. When/If Royster gets cut, it won’t happen until right before the season begins, he’s one of those bubble guys that will make the team in the event of an injury and stay on until the injured player returns.

  20. skns2thend says: May 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    I look got Jamison to come out hard…he has allot to play for. I’d love to see this kid make the team, for his will and desire will will be hard for his competition to compete with….
    HTTR!!!

  21. skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    I would love to see the RB competition this year. they are all pretty good RB’s. I’m not a fan of Helu. I say he is the odd man out. Thompson has the most upside. That kid is dangerous.

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