The Washington Times - September 10, 2013, 06:55PM

In his first NFL game fielding punts, it was an up-and-down night for Redskins running back/returner Chris Thompson.

The rookie from Florida State was decent on kickoff returns with three for 56 yards (18.7 yards per attempt). His longest there was a 23-yard return. He fielded one punt for just five yards, however, and later called for a fair catch at the 5-yard line. That’s a no-no.


Washington coach Mike Shanahan gave credit to Philadelphia’s special teams unit after the 33-27 loss to the Eagles. There weren’t many holes available for Thompson. But Shanahan also called Thompson’s fair catch “a rookie mistake.” But given that until the final two preseason games last month Thompson did this job previously as a senior in high school, that’s probably not a shock.

“We don’t work very often on catching the ball at the 3-yard line,” Shanahan said. “A young guy sometimes, you line up on the 10 and you don’t realize you drift back there. I was pleased though. He had the guts to go back there and at least catch it with a lot of people around him. Even though that’s a negative, it’s a positive that his concentration level is there.”

Thompson later suffered a right ankle injury and turned over punt return duties to veteran Santana Moss. The injury is not considered serious, according to Shanahan.