Chris Thompson emerges as Keenum's favorite target

Chris Lingebach
September 16, 2019 - 2:32 pm

There are only so many patterns to be gleaned from what's been thus far a streaky Redskins offense after two games. One of them stands five feet, eight inches tall.

Chris Thompson has clearly emerged as Redskins quarterback Case Keenum's top target in the passing game. Thompson, after consecutive losses to the Eagles and Cowboys, leads Washington's passing offense in targets (18) and receptions (12) after two games, and is second to Terry McLaurin (187) in reception yards (116) after two games.

"It's something that's been brewing ever since we've been at OTAs together," Thompson told The Sports Junkies Monday morning. Thompson joins The Junkies the morning after each Redskins game – at 9 a.m. – throughout the 2019 season, a weekly segment that's presented by Steamfitters UA Local 602.

Thompson was a big target of Alex Smith by this same point in the 2018 season, too, hauling in 19 catches (on 21 targets) for 155 yards and one touchdown, He virtually disappeared from the passing game from that point forward, catching 22 balls for 113 yards in his eight remaining games, to finish the season with 268 receiving yards on 41 catches.

What's clear right now is Thompson is one of Keenum's favorite targets in the early going, which is no small acknowledgment when Keenum's thrown for 601 yards and five touchdowns in his first two games with the Redskins.

"All I do every day is just try to be as consistent as I possibly can in practices," Thompson said. "When he throws me a pass, I don't want to drop any passes at all, I don't want to ever make excuses, and I think over time he sees and just knows that if he checks the ball down to me or whatever the case may be, if it's in my area, most likely I'm going to catch it."

"We have a lot of designed plays for me as well, so I think a lot of those targets come from plays where it's meant for me to get it. He trusts that I'm gonna be able to maybe catch a three-yard route and make it five-to-10 yards, or whatever the case may be."

As the Redskins struggle to find consistency, it's good to know there's at least one aspect of the offense that's been consistent through two games. Thompson, for the time being, provides Keenum with something to build upon as he hopes to expand the offense moving forward in his first season in Washington.

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