Chris Thompson returns as lightning to Adrian Peterson’s thunder

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A number of plays all announced the same thing Sunday: Chris Thompson is back. There was the burst he displayed on an outside zone run out of a run-pass option look. There was the dash to the outside to beat a defender for the first down. There was the way he won on a route that resulted in a touchdown catch.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

They were the sort of plays Washington missed after he was lost for the season in 2017 after breaking his leg. The Redskins want to get Thompson 12 to 15 touches per game, knowing he could break off a long one at any time. He’ll get his next chance vs. Indianapolis on Sunday; the Colts allowed Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon 95 yards on 17 rushing attempts in the opener. They ranked 26th in rushing yards per game allowed last season.5

While it was important for Washington that Adrian Peterson provide power up the middle, it’s equally vital for Thompson to remain a playmaker.

“He’s just a baller. Flat out. I love that guy,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “The way he’s able to maneuver and move, whatever he wants just give it to him because that guy’s an unbelievable talent. … He is the best third-down back in the league. Bar none.”

In a 24-6 victory over Arizona on Sunday, Thompson carried the ball five times for 65 yards and caught six passes for 63 more, plus one touchdown. Eight of his 11 touches resulted in a first down.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Thompson can provide the lightning to Peterson’s thunder. Thompson’s quickness and vision make him a strong fit in the Redskins’ run-pass option game, which they used often in the first half. In fact, his first carry resulted in a 13-yard run off this look in the first quarter.