Chris Thompson’s ridiculous five weeks, by the numbers. Well, by some numbers, anyhow. Maybe there are more.
340: Receiving yards Thompson has racked up through five games — more than 100 receiving yards better than anyone else on the Redskins. This is an absurd total for a running back. In fact, over the past 15 NFL seasons, only Matt Forte had more receiving yards through five games — and barely. (Forte had 345 receiving yards in the first five games of the 2011 season for the Bears.)
1088: Receiving yards Thompson is on pace for, which would make him Washington’s only 1000-yard receiver. It would also make him the NFL’s first running back to hit 1000 receiving yards in a season since Marshall Faulk in 1999. Faulk, you might recall, is in the Hall of Fame.
2: Times Thompson has topped 100 receiving yards through Washington’s first five games. It makes him only the second Redskins running back with more than one 100-yard receiving game in a season since 1960, joining Dick James, who did it twice in 1962. In fact, no Redskins running back since 1960 has more than two 100-yard receiving games in his Washington career.
“I tell myself all game to just be a spark,” Thompson said Sunday afternoon. “That’s one thing I’m reminding myself of throughout the whole game. … That’s my thing: just be a spark. I don’t care about getting glory, getting the praise for it. I’m supposed to be here and doing those things, and when I don’t do ’em, I feel like I let my guys down. So for me, it’s all about just being that spark, being a difference maker. You know, they pay me to do that. So I’ve got to execute.”
9: Running backs who have had multiple 100-yard receiving games in the same season this century. Before Thompson, no one had done it since Darren Sproles for the Saints in 2012. The full list of backs with multiple 100-yard receiving games in a season this century: Thompson, Sproles, Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, Steven Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Priest Holmes, Faulk and Richie Anderson.
12: That’s about how many Chris Thompsons were randomly added to an Instagram group chat this weekend. Chris Marasheski, a student at Kutztown State, created the group just to irritate his roommate, one of the Chris Thompsons in question. He chose the other Chris Thompsons at random, not realizing that one of them was an NFL running back off to a career start.
“I was just adding as many Chris Thompsons as possible,” Marasheski told me.
Anyhow, Monday morning, the Redskins running back joined in on the conversation.
“Yo CT!” he wrote to the other Chris Thompsons, who were predictably excited.
“My roommate barged in the dorm room, saying ‘YO CHRIS, CHRIS THOMPSON ON THE REDSKINS ANSWERED YOUR GROUPCHAT!” Marasheski noted.
“Pretty cool to share a name with such a good player and a guy who is so personable and has a great sense of humor,” wrote Chris Thompson, a 24-year old Redskins fan from Richmond who was randomly added to the Chris Thompson chat, and who had already decided that Chris Thompson was his favorite player.
Chris Thompson — Marasheski’s roommate Chris Thompson — is a die-hard Eagles fan, as it turns out. But he promptly traded for Chris Thompson for his fantasy football team Monday.
18.9: Thompson’s yards-per catch figure thus far. It ranks fifth in the NFL among qualified players. Thompson is one of just seven players to average at least 16.9 yards per catch. Four of the others are elite wide receivers (Brandin Cooks, T.Y. Hilton, Stefon Diggs and DeSean Jackson.) Running backs aren’t supposed to be in that company. (The top two on the list are a pair of backup tight ends: Carolina’s Ed Dickson and Washington’s Vernon Davis.) (Someone should do a blog post about them.)
1055: Receiving yards by Washington’s four most lauded receivers through the first five games last season (Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder). The four most lauded receivers this season — Reed, Crowder, Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson — have combined for barely half as much production: just 562 yards. But Kirk Cousins is within 100 yards of his five-game 2016 pace, and he has a higher quarterback rating, despite this massive drop-off from his perceived top options. Thompson’s a massive part of that.
Eight: NFL players this season with at least four touchdowns and at least 500 yards from scrimmage. If you play fantasy football, you know all these names well: Le’Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Jordan Howard, Kareem Hunt, Carlos Hyde and Thompson. The first seven names on that list all have at least 109 offensive touches. Thompson has 56.