Kendal Thompson made a name for himself this summer with his impressive work with the Washington Redskins. There's a good chance the quarterback-turned-receiver at least makes the 10-man practice squad.
If Bryce Harper -- yes, that Bryce Harper -- was the one making the decisions, good bet Thompson sticks on the 53-man roster. That's how friends roll.
It turns out that Thompson and Harper go way back, according to a story from Jake Kring-Schreifels on Redskins.com:
“That’s my dude,” Thompson said of the Nationals’ star outfielder, and not just because he’s currently playing with another professional team in Washington, D.C.
For three years, starting when he was just 12 years old, Thompson and Harper were teammates for the Oklahoma Elite, a travel ball team that toured around the state at various high-level tournaments. Thompson grew up in Oklahoma City, so for most of the tournaments he had no issues getting to the games. Harper, however, would fly in on the weekends from Las Vegas, his hometown.
“We’d play on back to back weekends, we’d stay at our coach’s house,” Thompson said. “With him being in Vegas, my dad coached another team, and so we’d stay and travel, and share the same hotel room. We were kind of on the road together and we just got close that way.”
Neat stuff and small world.
On the football front, Thompson emerged in recent weeks after, I'm told, impressing during practices. He also had a spectacular one-handed catch for the game-winning touchdown in Washington's second preseason game. Based on speaking with Utah product, he's a smart guy and an engaging conversationalist. For those only football on what happens on the field, Thompson is clearly an impressive athlete capable of learning quickly on the fly and, like his pal Bryce, making home run plays.
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