Rookie running back Chris Thompson made the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster over the weekend after scoring a touchdown on a 69-yard punt return in last Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa.
That seemed to signal that Thompson is in line to take over as the team’s punt returner for Richard Crawford, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.
“Chris is definitely a top candidate as well as Santana and Josh Morgan,” Shanahan said. “Those are our three candidates going into the game.”
Thompson was not declaring himself the winner of the punt-return job, either.
“I’m just continuing to work,” he said after Monday’s practice. “Game day — we’ve still got a couple more days. I’ll just continue to work, continue to get better out here. Then on Monday we’ll find out.”
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