Ex-NFLer Thompson brings versatility

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos finally got their hands on Chris Thompson.

On the club's negotiation list for the last two years, the intriguing defensive back has inked a deal with the Esks.

And he made quite an impression during his first workout yesterday, snaring two interceptions.

"Paul Jones and I had an opportunity to go down to NFL Europe - the training camp that was held in Tampa Bay - and watched him play, and I really, really liked him," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

At six feet and 189 pounds, the import seems quick and aggressive in coverage.

That comes as no surprise, considering he played 13 games - including one in the playoffs - for the Chicago Bears in 2005.

But there is much more to Thompson's game than playing in the secondary.

He had eight blocked kicks during his college career at Nicholls State.

"I met the special teams coach this morning," said Thompson, referring to Scott Squires.

"I told him I blocked a lot of kicks. He said: 'We need some of those.' "

With Stanford Samuels not practising right now because of a turf toe injury and a bone bruise on the same foot, there's an outside chance Thompson could be activated for Monday's game in Calgary.

Regardless, he should get a serious look with the Esks during the fall because there are two rookies in the secondary at the moment - Lenny Williams and Jason Flowers.

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft, Thompson was cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday.


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