Darwin Thompson

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #5
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #5
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Darwin Thompson News

Signing with Seattle

The Seahawks will sign Thompson to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Thompson spent time with the Buccaneers and Chiefs on their practice squads during the 2021 campaign, and he'll have a chance to carve out a role in Seattle during the offseason. He appeared in 26 games for Kansas City in 2019 and 2020 and rushed 64 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 16 of 21 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Feb 16, 2022 12:45 PM EST


Reverts to practice squad

Thompson reverted to the Chiefs' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Thompson was elevated from the practice squad prior to Sunday's wild-card round win over the Steelers. However, after Darrel Williams (toe) was cleared to take the field, Thompson was inactive for the contest. So long as no further injuries pop up in the Chiefs' backfield, Thompson figures to remain on the practice squad for the rest of the postseason.

Jan 17, 2022 6:34 PM EST



Healthy scratch Sunday

Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Steelers, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports.

Analysis: Thompson was elevated from Kansas City's practice squad Saturday, but he won't suit up for the playoff opener since Darrel Williams (toe) is available. Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon will serve as the primary backup options behind Williams.

Jan 16, 2022 4:16 PM EST


Elevated by Kansas City

The Chiefs elevated Thompson to their active roster Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thompson joined Kansas City's practice squad Friday after spending the regular season on the Buccaneers' practice squad. He'll now join the Chiefs' active roster ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old will provide additional depth in the backfield since Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out and Darrel Williams (toe) is questionable.

Jan 15, 2022 2:19 PM EST


Lands on practice squad

Thompson signed with the Chiefs' practice squad Friday, per the NFL's official transactions log.

Analysis: Thompson was cut from the Buccaneers' practice squad Thursday. Now he returns to the franchise who selected him in the sixth round of the 2019 Draft. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) out and Darrel Williams (toe) questionable, there could be a small chance for Thompson to suit up Sunday against the Steelers.

Jan 14, 2022 5:34 PM EST



Cut from practice squad

Thompson has been released from the Buccaneers' practice squad.

Analysis: The move frees up a spot for the team's addition of wideout John Brown to the practice squad. Thompson had given the Bucs some added running back depth down the stretch, but he's the odd man out now that Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) appear to be nearing a return to action ahead of Tampa Bay's postseason run.

Jan 13, 2022 8:26 AM EST


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


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