5 Things to Know About New Cowboys Safety Jason Thompson
The Cowboys have signed Jason Thompson to compete for a roster spot at safety. Here are ‘5 Things to Know’ about the newest player for the Dallas Cowboys:
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He Played Quarterback for The Cowboys…The Wyoming Cowboys!!!
On the official roster, Thompson’s college is listed as “Utah”, but he transferred to Utah after beginning his college career at University of Wyoming. In 2012 he started a game at quarterback as well as started a game at running back. He scored a touchdown on the first play of his career, an 11-yard touchdown run versus Idaho.
In the game he started at QB against Air Force Academy, he threw for 195 yards and a touchdown. After playing six games as a true freshman, he red-shirted during the 2013 season. Then transferred to University of Utah.
Multifunctional Like a Swiss Army Knife!
His first season with the Utah Utes in 2014 at quarterback, he was unable to play in the regular season due to NCAA transfer rules. But he was eligible for the bowl game and made his Utes debut in the Las Vegas Bowl. The first play of that game was a trick play in which, lined up at receiver, he caught a lateral from the running back, then he threw a lateral to the starting quarterback, and the quarterback threw the ball downfield to a wide receiver for a 36-yard gain.
Even though Thompson lined up at receiver for that opening trick play, he later played quarterback in the bowl game as well as special teams, making three tackles in coverage.
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Position Switch to Safety
In 2015 Thompson switched positions and played safety. It wasn’t a difficult transition because he was an all-state defensive back (as well as quarterback) in high school, ranked by Super Prep magazine as the #19 recruit in his home state of Washington in 2011. Thompson ultimately played 25 games during his career at Utah, mainly at safety as well as special teams.
He Began His NFL Career with Five Time Champs, The New England Patriots
Thompson came out of Utah undrafted, but signed as a rookie free agent with the Patriots.
He recorded 10 tackles in four preseason games, but was cut before the start of the regular season. He signed onto the Chicago Bears practice squad in October and was listed on their roster at linebacker, but was released two weeks later. He signed onto the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad in December. The Cowboys signed Thompson on February 8.
Football in The Family’s DNA
This football stuff must be in the Thompson Family’s genes. Thompson’s cousin is running back Matt Asiata who has played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. Thompson’s brother, Everette, was a starting defensive lineman for the University of Washington. His cousin, Shawn (Matt’s brother), played running back at Utah, as did Matt and Jason.
And if we were playing Wheel of Fortune, we would have to ‘buy a vowel’ to guess Thompson’s full name. Let’s give it a try: Jason Tome Faagalu Thompson.