Jay Gruden: We’re not going to overload Chris Thompson

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Chris Thompson hasn’t touched the ball all that much through the first three weeks of the season, but he’s made them count.

Thompson has gained 350 yards on 27 touches, including a 74-yard gain on a catch to help the Redskins to a 27-10 victory over the Raiders. As seems inevitable when a player is averaging just under 13 yards a touch, coach Jay Gruden was asked on Monday if he plans to give Thompson a bigger share of the offensive pie.

“He’s going to keep pushing me for them, but he’s not going to get them,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com.

Thompson had 14 touches against Oakland, a big jump from both last year and the first two weeks although that was due to Rob Kelley‘s absence with a rib injury and Samaje Perine‘s exit with a knee injury.

Gruden said that Kelley remains “our No. 1 lead dog” in the backfield and Thompson doesn’t fit the same profile for between the tackles work, but continued playmaking should ensure he remains a big part of the offense all year.

7 responses to “Jay Gruden: We’re not going to overload Chris Thompson

  1. Players like this confirm for me that Pitt will let Lev Bell walk after this season… Bell can want all he wants in self value… Players like Thompson just put their hard hat on and go out there and play!!

  2. Don’t need to overload him, but he should still get the ball more. This guy is a play maker and has 4 TD’s while getting the ball just 27 times so far. He was 10 yards away from number 5 on that big screen play Monday night.

  3. Coming from a Skins fan, I think CT25 is a great running back out of the back field and in long yardage situations, but unlike most I think Jay is using him perfectly. This is just my opinion here, but the last thing we can afford is for him to get hurt, and yes I know this can happen on any given play, however, the more a running back touches the ball, especially between the tackles, the more likely they are to get hurt. CT25 has had his fair share of injuries in college, from a broken back to a knee injury if my memory serves me correctly. So, I agree with Jay, let Kelly, Perine, and Mack take these carries between the tackles, they are bigger backs and are built for it. If you use CT too much then we may become predictable on offense, something we can’t afford. Anybody who knows football realizes he is by far our MVP through 3 games, but don’t put too much wear and tear on him too early, we still have 13 games to go, and hopefully more, the season is young. I know we all love seeing him do what he does, but have to mindful there is PLENTY of football still to be played. Just my opinion. #HTTR

  4. Chris Touchdown is one of those players that you’d like to clone for the entire team – he gives you everything he has and has a great work ethic. I wish the Redskins would give him a life contract because he is that good and is always improving.

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