Thomas rushed for 19 yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. The three touches were a season-high for Thompson. The former undrafted free agent never got many looks at fullback after rookie Andy Janovich went on injured reserve nor has he gotten many opportunities at running back. Though Sunday should be all about preparing for 2017, it'd be a surprise if Thompson got much usage as Denver will almost surely want to get a long last look at rookie Devontae Booker.
Thompson carried the ball twice for five yards in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Thompson got a few more looks than planned after No. 2 back Kapri Bibbs went out with an ankle injury. With veteran Justin Forsett, versed in Gary Kubiak's offense, now in the fold - expect Thompson's value to return to the occasional goal-line carry.
Thompson is prepared to fill the fullback role with rookie Andy Janovich on injured reserve, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports Thompson, a halfback/fullback hybrid, was called up from the practice squad to provide depth after C.J. Anderson went on injured reserve. He's carried the ball just once this year, but that carry encapsulates why Thompson might be a threat at fullback - as he scored on a one-yard plunge from fullback spot in Week 9's win over San Diego. The carry was reminiscent of a two-touchdown game Thompson had against San Diego in 2014, both touchdowns also scored as the upback. The emergence of tight end A.J. Derby may give the Broncos enough flexibility to move tight end Virgil Green into backfield between the 20-yard lines, but once the Broncos get near the goal-line, don't be surprised if Thompson vultures a few scores.
Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 tilt with the Saints. After Thompson failed to log any carries in the Week 9 loss against the Raiders, the Broncos determined that they would be able to get by with only two running backs -- Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs -- this week. Fullback Andy Janovich may also see touches as necessary during the game, but assuming the team comes out of Week 10 with no injuries to those three players, Thompson could remain a regular on the inactive list.
Thompson rushed for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over San Diego. Thompson scored on a short plunge from the fullback position. Fullback Andy Janovich would typically get such a carry, but the rookie reportedly has a brace on his hand. Thompson, despite just being promoted to the active roster, is the most experienced back on Denver's roster and could get some short-area touches as a halfback/fullback hybrid in the coming weeks.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|6||10/16||New York Giants||7||14.88|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||15||17.00|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||17||17.59|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||27||115||1||3||25||0||19|