The Redskins on Wednesday signed running back Chris Thompson, one of their two fifth-round picks, the team announced.
He is the third draft pick to join Washington’s active roster. Fifth-round outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins and sixth-round safety Bacarri Rambo signed Monday. Rookie contracts last four years under the collective bargaining agreement reached in 2011.
Thompson is expected to be ready for training camp after tearing the ACL in his left knee last Oct. 20. The Redskins targeted him in the draft despite his extensive injury history because of his speed, cutting ability and his explosive play-making. He averaged 7.5 yards on 91 carries before his injury last season, a stat of which Redskins coaches were well aware.
The Redskins also re-signed receiver Lance Lewis, who tried out at the team’s rookie camp earlier this month. Lewis first signed with Washington last year as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina. He suffered a groin/abdomen injury in training camp and ended up being released following an injury settlement with the team.
Washington also released Jason Thompson, an undrafted rookie receiver from New Haven.