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Now, today I will be give you some key inside on what made Chris Thompson's crazy free agency journey this past season so incredible and possible as well.
Uh, really impressive, I have to say with what Chris Thompson did in his career, especially for, you know, a late round draft pick.
It's pretty impressive what he's done in his career, But today I will be giving you guys three key dates, and I will be explaining why they're so important.
Toe what curse Thompson did in the NFL.
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Chris Thompson is not a household name in the NFL.
I think we can all agree on that.
Many people don't know who Chris Thompson really is, but he was a hybrid running back from the Redskins from 13 2 4019 So we spent seven years there.
Chris Thompson was not the number one running back.
He never Waas never would never will be in D.
C, as he's now with Jacksonville Jaguars.
But Chris Thompson was a great third down, running back.
Very similar role to James White of the New England Patriots.
And, you know, he wasn't He was like the number two running back compared to guys like Alfred Morris.
You guys like that Adrian Peterson this past year? Various guys couple years ago.
So, Chris Thompson, you know, I'm not gonna say he's had a bad enough.
Oh, come here. You had a pretty solid one.
No major, no major injury concerns whatsoever.
I mean, no, great.
Hey, he like what was really surprising that Mia's he hasn't.
He was signed so late into the off season that, you know, you think that he'd be signed earlier.
There's no injury history, solid running back.
That doesn't have to be your number one, But he could be, um, great pass catcher, like there were no red flags.
Um, when it comes to sign and Chris Thompson from the Redskins of free agency.
So not surprising.
But let's go to get back on track.
Spent his 1st 7 years in the NFL with the Redskins and that me and, you know it was it was tough.
It was probably the worst time for him to enter free agency.
Ah, with Cove in 19 going on and baby, why? And the reason why I was such a big challenge for Chris Thompson is because, you know, you have to stay calm in the moment.
You couldn't worry or stress because the headlines would get out very, very quickly.
Uh, you know, toe NFL scouts and, you know, to GM owners, head coaches, whatever.
So you know it would get out pretty quickly.
But with Chris Thompson, you know, he just worries really easily.
And I read this article on it, said that cursed Thompson, you know, has a riddle.
Has a pretty big problem of not exactly anxiety, but he definitely struggles with you know what do you can't control what's out of his control? What he can't necessarily, you know, think about the outcome before it happens, right? Like sometimes all get nervous before I goto like cross country practice or take a big test at school all just getting nervous.
Well, Chris Thompson gets nervous with just about anything, which it's totally relatable for me.
So you know him being a free agent during, you know, the Kobe 19 beginning of the stages of Kobe 19.
It's really hard for him, and he saw free agent by free agent gets signed by other teams, and Chris Thompson still hadn't heard his name be called yet, so it was a really hard experience for him.
But let's flash forward to March 15th of this year, where Curse Thompson had himself a bittersweet ending.
And this was three days before the start of for agency.
Chris Thompson traveled from Virginia to Tallahassee, Florida, where he works out each off season he left behind his girlfriend.
I don't need that.
I'm gonna disclose your name and left their two kids 13 month old daughter, 1 10 year old son and Thompson arrived there, knowing his Redskins 10 year was almost over, basically, almost over.
Uh, you know, his contract was over.
Redskins have already extended him before in the past, and Crist officer has done a lot of great things with the Redskins, but Redskins just chose to not extend him.
For whatever reason.
I really liked Chris Thompson.
Great shifty running back at the backfield, really fun. The watch.
But they ended up letting him go, and Thompson basically tested the waters and free agency.
And it didn't work out for him.
Maybe just not the way he wanted them to.
Um now, a few weeks earlier for March 15th the day that we're talking about, he received a text message from Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Thank Thompson first contributions on and off the field and let him know what he meant to the organization.
Thompson was never a Pro Bowler, but he was certainly a popular player, both with the teammates and the fans.
I really think that tats speaks for itself, right? Like you can have a great player, but they create a toxic atmosphere.
They don't respect their teammates there.
They're not, you know, well liked, and but they're still very good and I still put up great numbers.
Would rather have that where guys like Chris Thompson, who has never been, you know, a great type of player but he's always been consistent.
What he does great guy on and off the field, which one would rather at and by the first option on, Basically speaking of Antonio Brown.
But regardless of that, we'll go ahead and move on.
And, you know, like I said before, Thompson was a talented but off injured, very injured hasn't really had any injury concerns of the past couple of years, But you know, he has been injured multiple times early in his career.
He's overcame those obstacles, but regardless of that, I mean, you know Chris Thompson so has had some pretty hefty injury history.
1/5 round pick out of Florida State and in the seventh seasons as Washington's primary third down running back, he gained 2966 yards from scrimmage.
That's both rushing and receiving.
And in 2017 before breaking his leg in Week 11 Chris Thompson had combat, had 804 combined yards from scrimmage and averaged a career best 7.
8 yards every time he touched the ball.
But he's only played all 16 games once in his entire career, and that was in 2016 and in this final five years.
He appeared in 16 games but also missed 24.
So that's just show you.
Like the good in the bat of his injury history, right? He's had injuries, but he's still been able to play and put up good numbers.
But some of the injuries have caught up to him in recent years, and, you know, I was probably the main reason why he was still available as late as he WAAS.
So with that being said, you know, best wishes for Chris Thompson, that he gets better from his injuries on they just really don't, you know, distress career.
That's the last thing that we want.
But regardless of that, we'll get hit and keep keep going on.
Uh, so there's Thompson said, Uh, when he had the leave, all of his teammates and the organization, all that stuff, you said, quote, I almost did cry.
Almost did end, quote shortened, simple.
I mean, yeah, he was a great guy to be around.
I mean, you know, I really miss having Chris Thompson, you know, in this funny videos of funny clips of what goes on in the locker room before games, I just missed that.
Does that mean that he was a great guy? Never created a toxic atmosphere, Just a great person in general.
Ah, but I mean, you know, I just I felt bad for Chris Thompson in the moment.
But Thompson didn't know that his injury history would be a concern when he entered a free agency.
But there were several several.
And when I say several, I mean several several former coaches that coached Chris Thompson, whether that was an offensive coordinator or an actual head coach.
And some of those guys, such as Sean McVey, the coach of the Los Angeles Rams, and Jay Gruden, UM, now known as Jackson, goes offensive coordinator.
You know they could back him up, and they could say that Well, he has had an injury history, but he's still been a productive guy on field and also off the field.
So, you know, that's that's good that you have backup from former coaches and former coordinators.
And if Chris Thompson would have went to either the Rams or the Jaguars, which in this case he went to the Jaguars, you know he's already learned, but these offenses pretty well.
So I mean that's already a good fit.
And, you know, it's not like he's going to a place like the Buccaneers, where he doesn't know the plague luck and has a learn all of that stuff.
So you know he's already off to a good start, was signed with the Jaguars, so I give him all respect for that.
But let's move to our next date was March, March 26 where Thompson is still waiting for an offer from an NFL team.
But, um, you know, after for agency started for Thompson, he constantly checked his phone.
He said, Quote way more than I ever do.
I'm not on my phone too much, but it was really crazy.
I kept waiting and my agent would call me and we have conversations.
I'm thinking he's calling about something where some of our conversations wouldn't even be about anything and quote.
But first time since agent and see if I to find his name curse Thompson's agent, Jason Shea.
You laid it out for Chris Thompson, he said the teams were concerned about his injury history and they would want their doctors to examine him, and he also knew that they might have to wait until June, uh, for to be signed by a team because at the time, you know, March 22nd I mean, that's, you know, the midst of Kobe 19 starting the rise and started the cancel sports leagues starting the cancer graduations.
And that was one of us starting to be on the incline in the uproar of the amounts of cases and the amounts of deaths.
So, you know, at that time it was really, really hard to see a doctor, you know, you couldn't even do it online.
You can get your physical online video chat or whatever.
I mean, that's, you know, a struggle blocked in Taco Chris Thompson's way in that case.
And he said, quote, Ever since we had that talk, I haven't been too worried.
Uh, now when he calls, if it's about nothing, he'll be like, It's nothing.
I'm just checking up on you.
He says that as soon as I answer end quote.
So Jason show you, you know, played a huge role in crude, keeping Chris Thompson calm in the moment, keeping impatient.
And that's a great agent that have, like, you don't just want an agent that says all right, we'll fly you out to Los Angeles, assign your new football deal.
You don't want an agent like that.
You want an agent that's always going to be there for you in the moment and even not in the moment.
You know, even just in your regular life, they always want you to be with them.
And you know Jason Shea, You did it better than anybody else, I guessed.
So that was really awesome to hear Chris Thompson did say in an interview, he said that he's to avoid the distract or to gain distraction from the free agency buzz about whether he gets signed or not.
He would watch shows on Netflix, such as the Arrow in the office, and he said he'd also play call of duty's to provide a distraction.
Nothing wrong with that.
And finally, May 1st, the hiatus is finally over could get signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Thompson was actually hoping that a team would sign him after or before, before or after the NFL draft, which was April 23rd to the 25th.
Instead, after 45 days of free agency is wait ended when the Jaguars called it should have resulted in a big celebration.
But given the cir***stances, with national locked down and shut down and whatever, it just wasn't happening, he said.
We ordered some food and hung out. End quote.
That was it, uh, you You said he was super excited and happy about it, and his wife kept asking him, How are you feeling? How are you feeling right now? You feel great.
You'll warn down like, What is it? And Chris Thompson, you know, seven.
An interview that he was just too tired and, you know, he slept well, Yes, you know, being signed by an NFL team after 45 days of thinking that you wouldn't be.
It's pretty impressive.
So, you know, I was really happy for him.
It's the start of a new chapter for Chris Thompson, and you know he gets to be reunited with his former head coach and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, now known as the Jaguars offensive coordinator.
So that might help him.
You know, Jay Gruden knows what Chris Thompson does.
Well, what, you just bad when you just improve on what he's already good on so he can stay away from the bad place that Thompson struggles with, and he'll give him the place that he's really good at.
So, you know, with all due respect, I like J. Crew on a lot.
But I hate his guts.
Hopefully, he can, you know, just developed Chris Thompson as much as he can in Jacksonville, as he did in Washington.
And I'm really happy for Chris Thompson.
I had to do this video.
I got all the information.
It's a great guy.
I love the story, you know, as a former fifth round pick with major injury concerns, gives for seven years of wear and tear with the Redskins and ends up signing with the Jaguars after 45 days, Uh, hearing other people's name, called others people, other people's names called and not his.
And that's gonna create a lot of you, no doubt in your mind.
But Chris Thompson was able to overcome that, and, you know, now he's a Jacksonville Jaguar, good for him.
But regardless of that, you know his story is just amazing.
But thank you guys so much for watching.
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