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Brandyn Thompson remains upbeat despite demotion

Washington Redskins rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson may have been demoted to the practice squad last week to make room for returning veteran Phillip Buchanon, but Thompson has maintained a positive outlook.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mossis Madu (32) eludes Washington Redskins defensive back Brandyn Thompson during a preseason game . (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

As a member of the practice squad, Thompson won’t dress for games or travel with the team. He will not return to the 53-man roster unless another player is hurt or released.

But the 5-foot-10, 177-pound Thompson said he’s grateful for the opportunity to simply remain with the Redskins.

“It’s a great organization. It’s the organization that drafted me and saw something in me,” Thompson said. “I’ve always appreciated that, so being able to come back to the team and contribute the way I can contribute, whether it’s giving a look on scout team, that’s what I want to do.”

During the preseason, Thompson recorded six tackles and an interception. He said the taste of NFL action that he received in the preseason and during two regular season games confirmed his belief that he belongs in the league. But at the same time, he realized where he needs to improve.

“A lot of it had to do with thinking,” Thompson said. “I think on every level, when it’s new to you, you’re going to be thinking and you’re not going to be as fast, and I think the more you pick up on it, the more you learn, the game slows down to you. So I just want to come out and get better in practice.

“At my position, cornerback, you always have to have confidence in yourself,” Thompson added. “Your confidence is always high, you can never let it get low, and I have confidence and faith that I can play at this level.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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