Darwin Thompson

Darwin Thompson

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Thompson has produced very little in his first two NFL seasons. In fact, outside of his 14 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and seven catches for another six yards and a score in Week 17 when starters rested, Thompson played just 31 offensive snaps and carried the ball only 13 times in 2020. His path to carries isn't any clearer this season behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon. He's likely competing with Elijah McGuire and Derrick Gore depth slotting. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Chiefs in August of 2021.
Signs to Bucs' practice squad
RBFree Agent
September 2, 2021
Thompson signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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Thompson is a relatively high-profile signing by practice squad standards, considering he logged 26 games of regular-season action with the Chiefs over the last two campaigns, even drawing one start over that span. Thompson lost out on a roster spot this summer due to Kansas City's deep backfield, but the Utah State product will now garner a closer look from the defending champions.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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 compete with Darrel Williams for reps behind the rookie.
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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Time with Chiefs at an end
RBFree Agent
August 30, 2021
Kansas City waived Thompson on Monday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Gets six touches
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 27, 2021
Thompson rushed three times for 11 yards and caught all three of his targets for 14 yards in Friday night's 28-25 preseason win over the Vikings.
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Back from COVID list
RBKansas City Chiefs
August 4, 2021
Thompson (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Lands on COVID list
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Undisclosed
July 28, 2021
The Chiefs placed Thompson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
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Big game in expanded role
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 3, 2021
Thompson rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught all seven of his targets for 65 yards and another score in Sunday's 38-21 loss to the Chargers.
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