Despite a see-saw rookie season in which he has bounced from the 53-man roster to the practice squad and back again, Washington Redskins cornerback Brandyn Thompson said he has managed to remain upbeat.
Thompson received word Monday that he would be returning to the 53-man roster this week, meaning a slight increase in pay and the opportunity to play in games. In his fourth stint on the roster, Thompson knows not to get overly excited, because he cannot predict how long his stay will last this time. He plans to conduct himself the way he has all season.
Thompson was first demoted to the practice squad to make room for Phillip Buchanon, who now is on injured reserve. Most recently, the team waived him and then re-signed him to the practice squad to make room for free agent D.J. Johnson, who did not play a down in three weeks with the team.
Thompson obviously would have preferred to remain on the 53-man roster and get chances to improve himself in games each week. But since his action has come mostly during practices, he views them as opportunities to compete and improve.
“I’ve just gotten better overall. Playing on scout team, I get to go against some pretty good receivers each day,” Thompson said. “I’m always refining stuff, so hopefully it pays off later in the season. … Going up and down all year, it can get real frustrating. But mentally you always have to keep yourself in it because you never know when you’re going to get your shot. You can’t pout about it. You’ve got to be ready. That’s all I’m trying to do, man.”