Darwin Thompson
Darwin Thompson
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson joined the Chiefs as a sixth-round pick in 2019 and was considered by many a sleeper candidate to carve out a role in the team's backfield. That never really materialized, as Thompson managed just 37 carries for 128 yards (3.5 YPC) and a touchdown, adding nine grabs on 10 targets for another 43 yards. His outlook for 2020 appeared bleak after the Chiefs added Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but things brightened up a bit once Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season. Even so, Thompson will need to battle for his roster spot this summer, competing with DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams and Elijah McGuire for what likely will be two jobs. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2019.
Left in the dust
RBKansas City Chiefs
April 24, 2020
Thompson is part of a Chiefs backfield that recently added first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire and veteran free agent DeAndre Washington.
Translation: the 2019 sixth-round pick will need to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. Thompson averaged 3.7 yards on 46 touches as a rookie, though he did at least work ahead of LeSean McCoy as Kansas City's No. 2 running back during the playoffs. Even so, Thompson figures to compete with Washington, Darrel Williams (hamstring) and a few lesser-known running backs for what figures to be one or two roster spots. Edwards-Helaire and Damien Williams will be the ones competing for significant touches.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Darwin Thompson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Darwin Thompson Split Stats
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Darwin Thompson
ADP Analysis: First-Round Clyde & Sony's Slide
2 days ago
Jerry Donabedian looks at the ADP impact of opt outs, starting with Clyde Edwards-Helaire's rapid rise into the first round.
Job Battles: August 3 Update
6 days ago
The Chiefs backfield is the headliner job battle to monitor after Damien Williams opted out, but Devin Funchess' opt out in Green Bay could prove important, as well.
Training Camp Notes: July 29
11 days ago
With Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 season, the already high expectations for rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire have risen to more urgent levels yet.
Job Battles: CEH Aims to Lead KC Backfield
33 days ago
Mario Puig analyzes the Kansas City running back battle, among others, as Damien Williams hopes to hold off rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. But can he?
2020 NFL Team Previews: Kansas City Chiefs
80 days ago
It’s not easy to claim victory in the Super Bowl, but led by star QB Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are well-positioned to make another championship run in 2020.
2019 Fantasy Outlook
If any rookie running back is positioned to be a sleeper this season, it might be Thompson. With a fire-hydrant build at 5-8, 200, the sixth-round pick out of Utah State runs with impressive power and a low center of gravity, making him a threat to bulldoze his way for yards between the tackles. He also has good hands and could develop into a solid route-runner, important traits in an Andy Reid offense. He hasn't shown much in the way of speed or elusiveness and might not be a big-play threat, but the Chiefs' backfield is topped by a player with minimal experience as an NFL lead back in Damian Williams, along with an aging LeSean McCoy. If Thompson can outperform either during the season, he could find himself with a significant role in one of the league's most potent attacks.
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No room to run in playoffs
RBKansas City Chiefs
February 12, 2020
Thompson had two carries for seven yards during three postseason appearances with the Chiefs. He also drew two targets, but failed to record a reception.
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Gets one touch behind Williams
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 20, 2020
Thompson took one carry for seven yards and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 35-24 win over the Titans.
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Minimal Week 17 showing
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 31, 2019
Thompson collected 17 yards on four carries and reeled in his only target for a loss of four yards in the regular-season finale Sunday versus the Chargers.
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Back to reduced role
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 24, 2019
Thompson rushed just five times for 14 yards Sunday against the Bears.
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Gains 39 yards in victory
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 15, 2019
Thompson ran for 38 yards on eight carries and recorded a one-yard catch during Sunday's 23-3 win over Denver.
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