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New threat emerges as Redskins backfield grows from two to three-headed monster

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New threat emerges as Redskins backfield grows from two to three-headed monster

FEDEX FIELD - Coming into Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Eagles, the Redskins running back situation seemed a competition between veteran Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones.

By the end of Washington's dramatic win over Philadelphia, a new name emerged in the running back discussion: Chris Thompson.

The third-year pro from Florida State gave the Redskins a big boost in the first half with 70 total yards, including a huge play on the Redskins first drive. Backed up deep in their own territory, Washington faced a 3rd & 19 when Thompson busted more than 40 yards on a draw play.

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"He got us out of so many situations," Morris said after the game of Thompson. "That was huge."

Morris explained how much Thompson's play meant for the 'Skins.

"I was saying "Chris, great job,'" Morris said. "He is a playmaker. We need more of that."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden explained that less and less of the NFL can rely on a single running back, and the plan for the Redskins is to keep their runners fresh and ride the hot hand.

"I think that's the way it's got to be," Gruden said. "The days of football where you have one guy getting 42 carries a game are numbered."

Early on Sunday against the Eagles, that meant a lot of Thompson.

"All week they were telling me they were going to give me chances," Thompson said. "With the opportunities I got, I wanted to make the best of them."

Thompson brings a unique blend of size, speed and pass catching ability that the other two players can't exactly replicate. Jones explained that Washington even put some items in the game plan against the Eagles to get Thompson the ball. It showed.

"I love it," Thompson said of his increased role. "The more reps and the more work I get on the field, I stay warmed up and feel comfortable."

Like most things in the NFL, just when it looked like the Redskins backfield would be the Morris and Jones show, things changed.

"This 16-game season is a grind," Gruden said. "We need two, three backs to carry the load. We have some specialty plays for Chris Thompson, and obviously, Matt and Alfred are both capable runners."

For a player that was not a certainty to make the roster coming out of preseason, Thompson has carved out a good role in the Redskins offense. Last season Roy Helu got most reps in the two-minute and hurry up packages, and now it seems Thompson has wrapped up that spot. In his previous two season, injuries threatened to derail Thompson's Redskins career, but so far in 2015 with reasonable health, Thompson is proving his worth for the franchise.

The win over the Eagles marked career highs in carries and rush yards, and the 42-yard scamper on the early draw play was the longest run of Thompson's career. 

"The intent is to play the hot-hand," Gruden said of his RBs. "I like all three backs, and I think they all bring something to our football team in a positive way."

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 

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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA

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