Chris Thompson: 'I wanted AP to be out there'

Chris Lingebach
September 09, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Count running back Chris Thompson among the Redskins veterans that were disappointed to see Adrian Peterson be a healthy scratch Sunday against the Eagles.

"I wanted AP to be out there," Thompson told The Sports Junkies Monday. Thompson joins 106.7 The Fan each Monday following a game all season long and is presented by Steamfitters UA Local 602.

"I mean, what he did last year..." Thompson said. "All three of us have been able to work together since April or whatever, since OTAs and everything, so I was looking forward to him being out there. But I know, especially with Coach Gruden and those decision-makers, it's kind of hard because all three of us aren't really special teams guys, and sometimes you need one or two guys down the line to be guys that play special teams."

Redskins tackle Morgan Moses was the most vocal about his disappointment in Peterson being scratched, telling The Junkies Monday morning it's a "slap in the face" to have a Hall of Famer on the sideline. " Moses said he planned to take it up with the coaching staff and he expects Peterson to be dressed next Sunday against the Cowboys.

"It sucked and I talked to AP about it when we all kind of found out," Thompson said. "He obviously wants to be out there, wants to be able to help us. I was excited, too, possibly being a three-headed monster, me being able to come in after they've – him and Guice have pounded on the defense. But, I don't know.

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"I think that's something we've just got to go in every day and figure out what we're gonna do. With Guice, AP obviously came here because Guice got hurt last year. So now that Guice is healthy, I think for Coach Gruden it's to let Guice be that guy. We've just kind of roll with the punches whatever it is, but obviously I want him to be out there dressed up and playing with us."

"I think he would definitely make a huge impact, even if him and Guice split 30 carries or whatever, got 15 each, whatever the case may be," Thompson said. "I believe both of them being fresh, it would be a good thing, especially going down the line."

After the game, Gruden was somewhat... blunt in his assessment of Peterson's role on the team moving forward.

Asked if he feels it will be a week-to-week situation for Peterson, Thompson replied, "Yeah, I guess. Yeah, I guess so. I know how this whole inactive-active thing kind of works. Yeah. I mean, I really don't have much to say about that. I want to see him out there every week. If we only, like he said, I guess 55 plays, whatever the case may be... We've got to be in good situations to be able to run the ball a lot so those guys get a good amount of carries. It's no point of them both getting dressed, I guess, if one gets five carries and the other 20, or whatever the case may be."

Junkies host Eric Bickel mentioned he didn't observe any particular play in Sunday's game where Peterson would have been a noticeable upgrade over Guice. Thompson was asked if he felt the same way.

"Nah. I think I can agree with you on that and say I didn't see anything where I said, 'Hey. If he had it, it would have been any different,'" Thompson said. "Obviously we did terrible in the run game. We didn't do what we should have done."

"Like past times," he said, "we've been in situations or put ourselves in situations where we had to get away from the run, but at the same time, it's Adrian Peterson, so of course people still – guys, especially us as running backs – we want to see him out there dressed up. I don't know if he makes a difference yesterday or not, but still like to see him. We always want to see him out there with us."

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After yesterday's hot start, which fizzled in the second half, Thompson believes this Redskins offense has a chance to be better than last year's, which, before Alex Smith's injury, helped Washington off to a 6-3 start in 2018.

"Yeah. Honestly man, I really think so," he said. "I think we've got the potential to be better than what we were as an offense last year. Well, in that first half of the season last year. We showed what we can do in that first half, and I think for us as an offense, we've just got to find a way to continue to execute that way and don't take our foot off the gas, because that momentum thing is real, especially when you're playing in an away stadium."

"And when they make big plays, we can't get down as an offense," he continued. "We've got to just be able to go back in and answer, and get that crowd back out of it, and we weren't able to do that yesterday."

Asked if Redskins fans will see Jordan Reed dressed against Dallas, Thompson said, "I really hope so. I will say, I truly believe if he played, I think the outcome would have been different."

"Really?" a Junkies host remarked.

"I believe so," Thompson said.

"Yeah. He's our number one. When he's playing, when he's healthy, he's our number one option on offense," Thompson went on. "So, to have him down, especially even for a defense. I know the plan was to probably have (Eagles safety) Malcolm Jenkins on Jordan Reed, so then that puts me on a linebacker.


"But when he didn't play, Malcolm Jenkins pretty much lined up on me the whole game, so it kind of changes that part of our offense for us. I'm hoping that this concussion thing, and even – I don't know if he's gonna try out a new helmet, or whatever the case may be – but hopefully something helps him to be able to be healthy and be able to play through this season, because, with him, our offense is a whole lot better."