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Darwin Thompson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #5
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Darwin Thompson News

Signs to Bucs practice squad

Thompson signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

Sep 2, 2021 8:53 PM EST

Time with Chiefs at an end

Kansas City waived Thompson on Monday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Thompson failed to reach the 4.0 YPC mark in either of his two seasons with the Chiefs, across which span he logged a total of 26 regular-season appearances. With Jerick McKinnon and Darrel Williams (head) around to provide depth behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), and Derrick Gore having put together a solid preseason, Thompson's spot on the roster was rendered superfluous. The third-year pro will look for another opportunity elsewhere in the league.

Aug 30, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Gets six touches

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.

Analysis: Thompson entered the game behind Jerick McKinnon, who finished with five touches for 27 yards. Behind him, though, Derrick Gore ripped off 106 yards on his 11 touches, including a 56-yard touchdown catch. With that added twist to finish the preseason, it'll be very interesting to see who the Chiefs name their third tailback prior to Week 1's opener against the Browns.

Aug 27, 2021 9:05 PM EST

Back from COVID list

Thompson (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Thompson landed on the COVID list last week but cleared the necessary protocols and returned to practice Wednesday. The 24-year-old is set to fill a depth role in Kansas City's backfield behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon.

Aug 4, 2021 6:22 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Thompson (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19 list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Thompson hasn't necessarily tested positive for the virus, but he'll need to clear the health and safety protocols before rejoining the team. The 24-year-old is expected to fill a depth role in the backfield for Kansas City behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon.

Jul 28, 2021 8:39 PM EST

Big game in expanded role

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 instill further confidence in himself should the Chiefs be short-handed in the backfield at all during the playoffs.

Jan 3, 2021 5:18 PM EST

Expected to see expanded workload

Though Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to suit up Sunday against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that Darwin Thompson "is slated to get the bulk" of Kansas City's carries.

Analysis: The report suggests that if Bell does play Sunday, "it'll be very little." With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) already ruled out and Bell seemingly on track to be limited, it looks like Thompson will see expanded opportunities in Week 17, with Kansas City having clinched the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed. Darrel Williams is also on hand, but look for Thompson -- who's been used sparingly of late -- to get his share of work in Sunday's 4:25 ET contest, with the team expected to rest or limit multiple key players.

Jan 3, 2021 5:10 AM EST

No offensive snaps

Thompson didn't take the field on offense in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Even with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) sidelined, Thompson couldn't crack the backfield rotation behind Le'Veon Bell and Darrell Williams. Barring one of those two sitting out next week's regular-season finale as well, it seems unlikely Thompson will get much usage. However, it seems a somewhat plausible outcome that Thompson will get a little work next week given that the Chiefs have locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Dec 29, 2020 8:31 AM EST

Over illness

Thompson (illness) practiced in full Wednesday, suggesting he's over the illness that sidelined him for last week's win over the Saints.

Analysis: Thompson's in line to make his return Sunday against the Falcons and should serve as the third-string option behind Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) expected to miss the game.

Dec 23, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 15

Thompson (illness) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Thompson won't be available versus New Orleans due to an ailment he picked up Thursday, but the Chiefs' offense is unlikely to feel his absence. The second-year pro has been restricted to special teams since Week 9,

Dec 18, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Falls ill Thursday

Thompson (illness) was unable to participate during Thursday's practice session, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Le'Veon Bell's mid-October arrival has zapped Thompson's offensive usage over the past two months. The Utah State standout posted three different outings with multiple rush attempts between Weeks 1 and 6, but since that point, he has been handed a carry in just one of the past six games. An absence from Thompson during a Week 15 matchup against the Saints would likely only impact Kansas City in the special-teams realm.

Dec 17, 2020 3:23 PM EST

Working on special teams

Thompson didn't play any offensive snaps during Sunday's 22-16 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Thompson has 13 carries for 52 yards this season but hasn't played a single offensive snap since Week 8. The 23-year-old should be limited to special teams while Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le'Veon Bell and Darrel Williams handle the backfield work.

Dec 8, 2020 7:10 PM EST

No offensive work against Tampa Bay

Thompson garnered zero offensive snaps and 10 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 27-24 win at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: The 23-year-old has been largely relegated from any offensive role since the Week 7 Chiefs debut of Le'Veon Bell, garnering at least one carry in a game only once (during a 25-9 win against the Jets in Week 8). Thompson has gone three consecutive appearances without fielding a single offensive snap, but there is a chance for him to get involved if Kansas City mounts a sizeable lead on the road underdog Broncos in Week 13.

Dec 1, 2020 5:57 PM EST

No offensive role again

Thompson played zero offensive snaps during Sunday's win over Las Vegas.

Analysis: The 23-year-old has exclusively played special teams over the past two contests with the rest of the backfield operating with no issues. Thompson has 13 carries for 52 yards this season and is unlikely to have much of a role while Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le'Veon Bell remain healthy.

Nov 24, 2020 3:01 PM EST

No offensive snaps against Panthers

Thompson played zero offensive snaps and 12 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 33-31 win against Carolina.

Analysis: The usually strong Kansas City ground attack managed only 30 team rushing yards against the Panthers, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (five carries) and Le'Veon Bell (four carries) being the only running backs involved. Darrel Williams did not have a rushing role, but he did have one catch in the contest at least, relegating Thompson to the No. 4 spot in the KC backfield at the moment.

Nov 10, 2020 4:47 PM EST

Gets in on action late

Thompson tallied four carries for three yards and failed to haul in his lone target Sunday versus the Jets.

Analysis: While Thompson at least saw the field this week after being labeled inactive for Week 7. However, all of his reps came on the last drive with the contest well in hand, so there is little to glean from his effort Sunday other than he's a depth option should either Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Le'Veon Bell miss time.

Nov 3, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Not suiting up Week 7

Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old had three carries for 17 yards last week as he saw his first offensive snaps since Week 3. Newcomer Le'Veon Bell is active for his Chiefs debut, pushing Thompson to the list of inactives.

Oct 25, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Three totes in Week 6

Thompson ran just three times for 17 yards in Monday's win over the Bills.

Analysis: Thompson only took the field for three total snaps, so he's already behind the eight ball in terms of playing time. With Le'Veon Bell set to join the mix as soon as Week 7, there's even less upside to Thompson's prospects moving forward.

Oct 20, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Out of game plan against Raiders

Thompson did not garner a single offensive snap during Sunday's 40-32 loss to Las Vegas.

Analysis: That makes two consecutive outings Thompson has gone without an offensive snap, and three games on the season in which the 24-year-old back has been without a carry. So far in limited action, Thompson has offered a much improved 5.3 yards-per-carry average after logging 3.5 YPC as a rookie, but he's been afforded just 1.2 rush attempts per game compared to more than three per game in 2019. Following Kansas City's Week 6 bye, Thompson will remain a depth option against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense.

Oct 13, 2020 4:20 PM EST

No offensive snaps in Week 4

Thompson didn't take the field on offense during Monday's win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Thompson hasn't seen more than a 19 percent offensive snap share in any of the first four games, but a fumble last week on just six offensive snaps certainly did the second-year back no favors. He's firmly behind Clyde-Edwards Helaire and Darrel Williams in the pecking order for backfield touches and that shouldn't change as long as the two ahead of him are healthy and available.

Oct 6, 2020 9:49 AM EST

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