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 compete with Darrel Williams for reps behind the rookie. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2019.
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.
ANALYSIS
Thompson made the most of his opportunity to start with both Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and Le'Veon Bell (knee) not featuring Sunday. The second-year pro notched his first touchdown of the campaign with a one-yard rush during the second quarter, then hauled in an eight-yard pass to score in the fourth. Overall, Thompson led Kansas City in both rushing and receiving, showing good versatility to perhaps inspire the team's confidence should the Chiefs be short-handed in the backfield at any point during the playoffs.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Darwin Thompson's 2020 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 %
11.1%
 
Positive Run %
88.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
42.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.5
 
Rushing TD %
3.7%
 
Touches Per Game
2.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
42.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.43
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.7%
 
% Team Targets
1.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-3.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.6%
 
Drop Rate
9.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
12.6
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2020 RB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

54249%
4521%
28025%
7333%
19217%
5123%
807%
4922%
101%
00%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Browns pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
The bars represents the team's percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. The list of players in the table only includes defenders with at least 3 attempts against them.
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vs Browns
Sunday, Jan 17th at 3:05PM
Overall QB Rating Against
88.5
 
Cornerbacks
83.8
 
Safeties
110.6
 
Linebackers
72.3
 
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2020 Darwin Thompson Split Stats
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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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Expected to see expanded workload
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 3, 2021
Though Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to suit up Sunday against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that Thompson "is slated to get the bulk" of Kansas City's carries.
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No offensive snaps
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 29, 2020
Thompson didn't take the field on offense in Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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Over illness
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 23, 2020
Thompson (illness) practiced in full Wednesday, suggesting he's over the illness that sidelined him for last week's win over the Saints.
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Ruled out for Week 15
RBKansas City Chiefs
Illness
December 18, 2020
Thompson (illness) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.
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Falls ill Thursday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Illness
December 17, 2020
Thompson (illness) was unable to participate during Thursday's practice session, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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