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Chris Thompson is the latest Redskin to compare Alex Smith to Kirk Cousins

Chris Thompson is the latest Redskin to compare Alex Smith to Kirk Cousins

Comparing a former quarterback to the current quarterback is going to happen across several NFL teams. For the Washington Redskins in particular, there are going to be comparisons because of the history Kirk Cousins had with the team and then the trade for Alex Smith. 

Running back Chris Thompson just became another open Redskins player to join the conversation. 

In a interview with JP Finlay on Saturday at training camp, Thompson talked what is different on the field for him with Alex Smith.

For the sixth-year back, it was more about the chemistry between the two and adjustments coming back from injury more than anything else.

I have to get used to how he addresses the huddle and everything. It’s different that what Kirk used to do. I can tell all the other guys were in sync with him because they’ve been with him through OTAs and everything. Just the way he lets us know when the snap count is or what the snap count is, how the play is, he spits things out pretty quick and it flows. It did with Kirk too but Kirk would let us know three or four times what the snap count was on and Alex he kind of says it. He says it, then he spits out the play, and it’s just boom and then he lets us know one more time… His arm motion has kind of thrown my eyes off a little bit... He can side-arm it and then when he goes overhand or whatever, it’s pretty slow, but the ball comes out fast

For the past year, Thompson has not been afraid to be vocal about the whole Cousins situation in Washington. Back when the trade for Smith occurred, Thompson was asked if Cousins wanted to come back and his answer definitely was not a straight yes or no. This appeared to be a continuation of his answer. 

“Me and Kirk, we had a good relationship with each other, and we talked about us being together for years to come but I know a guy, when you’re going on a year-to-year basis after a while, I mean human nature at a point you kind of get clocked out a little bit sometimes, because you don’t know if you’ll be here or not. Sometimes it could affect your mindset or something like that,” Thompson said. 

If there is any disdain from Thompson, it does not appear to be directed at Cousins. Rather, the running back was more perturbed at the situation and the uncertainty if anything else. 

Me and Kirk, we never had any problems or anything like that. I think for the guys, what I wanted is to have a quarterback here that we know is going to be here for years to come. It was just every year we didn’t know what is gonna to happen. It wears on you, it wears on the players and now we have a guy here and we don’t have to worry about all the quarterback drama or who’s going to be the guy next year. We know he is going to be our guy for the next few years and we move on with him. Alex, he’s been in the league for a very long time and he brings some leadership with him, we’re just excited to have him.

Former Redskins to also compare Cousins to Smith include Darrell Green and Mark Rypien.

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To hear Thompson's full interview, as well as notes on other players like Alex Smith, Mo Harris and Adonis Alexander, check out Redskins Talk below.

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Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young has thrown a wrinkle into this week's NFL Scouting Combine, as the Ohio State pass rusher does not plan on participating in drills during the event. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the news first.

Young will still fly to Indianapolis for the combine, as he will be present for medicals and interviews, according to Rapoport. All 32 NFL teams are permitted to individually interview 45 different NFL Draft prospects at the combine.

With LSU quarterback Joe Burrow likely headed to the Bengals with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is widely expected to be selected by the Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick.

As it stands now, Young's draft stock practically as high as it possibly could be. Thus, his decision to sit out combine drills is not necessarily a surprising choice. The 20-year-old also has the opportunity to showcase his talents during Ohio State's Pro Day, which will occur sometime between the middle of March and the beginning of April.

Several current Redskins, including Young's former Buckeye teammates Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin, have lobbied for the Burgundy and Gold to select Young.

NFL experts have wavered back and forth on what Washington should do with the pick. NBC Sports' Peter King thinks Washington could "remake their franchise" by trading the pick and acquiring multiple assets. Chris Simms doesn't think the Redskins should lock in on Young, either.

But most NFL experts believe Young to Washington should be a done deal. Danny Kanell says the team should take Young and not look back. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said Washington should take Young unless a team "blows their doors off" with a trade offer. Almost every single mock draft across all websites has the Redskins inking Young with their pick.

The NFL Draft is eight weeks away and a lot can change between now and then. The Scouting Combine workouts begin on Thursday with tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers taking the field.

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Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson carved up the visiting DC Defenders for 278 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night in the Los Angeles Wildcats' commanding 39-9 victory.

The Wildcats obliterated Cardale Jones (13-of-26, 4 INT) and the Defenders, who fall to 2-1 on the season.

Johnson completed passes to eight different receivers, including William and Mary standout Tre McBride, who was traded from the Defenders to the Wildcats in the preseason.

McBride finished the night with five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson played for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season, suiting up for the final four games after the team lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Johnson led the Redskins to a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 15, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson was selected by the Wildcats in the XFL Supplemental Draft in Nov. 2019. 

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