Thompson agreed to a one-year contract with the Jaguars on Friday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. After spending the first seven seasons of his career in the nation's capital, Thompson hit free agency this offseason and has found a new home close to his hometown and near his college locale of Florida State. Top running back Leonard Fournette increased his involvement in the passing game last season by posting a career-high 76 grabs, but that number should shrink with Thompson, a pass-catching specialist, in the fold.
Thompson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, Ryan Homler of NBC Sports Washington reports. Thompson still offers appeal as a passing-down specialist, with potential to establish a degree of fantasy value if he lands on a team that's committed to feeding him snaps and targets. However, he's 29 years old and hasn't played more than 11 games in a season since 2016, so he may need to settle for a short-term contract without much guaranteed money. Thompson finished the 2019 campaign with 37 carries for 138 yards and 42 receptions for 378 yards on 58 targets, failing to score a touchdown in 11 games. His chances to return to Washington partially depend on whether the team's new general manager and head coach -- whoever they might be -- believe Derrius Guice can stay healthy and handle passing downs.
Thompson carried eight times for 34 yards and caught all four of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 41-35 loss to the Giants. Thompson averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry on a season-high eight totes, but he was uncharacteristically quiet as a receiver despite the high-scoring nature of the game. Still, his 12 touches were also his high-water mark of the season, and he should remain involved next Sunday in the season finale against the Cowboys.
Thompson recorded two receptions on three targets for 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Thompson did not record a single carry. It's the second straight week the veteran back's only contributions have come in the passing game -- a trend which may continue as the season winds down, even with Derrius Guice (knee) on IR.
Thompson did not log any carries but brought in seven of eight targets for 43 yards in the Redskins' 20-15 loss to the Packers on Sunday. The veteran pass-catching specialist was in his domain Sunday, pacing the Redskins in receptions while serving as a frequent safety valve for rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Thompson benefited from Derrius Guice's early exit from the game with a knee injury, and he'd presumably be in line for more snaps if Guice is forced to miss any time. Thompson's next chance to make an impact will come in a Week 15 battle against the Eagles.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||11/01||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|10||11/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|3 Year Avg||48||203||1||41||385||2||74|