A month ago, former University of Utah quarterback Kendal Thompson wasn’t on an NFL roster after going undrafted in April.
Now, the converted wide receiver has an unforgettable memory for his first pro catch.
Thompson, a rookie who signed with the Washington Redskins on July 27, made a one-handed, 18-yard touchdown catch Thursday night for Washington, the game-winner in a 22-18 Redskins victory over the New York Jets.
https://twitter.com/NFL/status/766829112505737216Thompson, playing in his second NFL preseason game, had been targeted on a pass earlier in the game. He made the game-winning grab off a pass from quarterback Nate Sudfeld with 29 seconds to go. Thompson then caught a two-point conversion from Sudfeld to account for the four-point victory.
That capped an 11-play, 84-yard drive that took 3:27 off the clock. Sudfeld completed 7-of-10 passes on the drive for 69 yards.
“He's very poised,” Thompson told redskins.com about Sudfeld. “Kind of light-hearted, feeding off of him we felt like we could go down there and win the game."
Thompson was more active in the Redskins' offense compared to what he had done in Washington's first preseason game, when he played five offensive snaps. Against the Jets, Thompson played 26 offensive snaps, tied for fourth among Redskins receivers, and one on special teams.
Here’s a look at how the other locals performed in Friday’s action:
Redskins 22, Jets 18
Stephen Paea (Timpview High), DT, Washington (No. 90): Paea came on as a substitute and had two solo tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry. He sacked Jets quarterback Bryce Petty on a second-and-9 play in the third quarter. Paea played 10 defensive snaps.
Trevor Reilly (Utah), LB, New York (No. 57): Reilly came on as a substitute and had a special teams tackle. He played eight defensive snaps and 11 on special teams.
Cowboys 41, Dolphins 14
John Denney (BYU), LS, Miami (No. 92): Denney came on as a substitute and was the snapper on two extra points in the second quarter.
Koa Misi (Utah), LB, Miami (No. 55): Misi came on as a substitute but did not record any statistics. He played 10 defensive snaps.
Zach Vigil (Utah State and Clearfield High), LB, Miami (No. 49): Vigil did not play in the Dolphins’ loss. He remains on the physically unable to perform list.
Chargers 19, Cardinals 3
Tenny Palepoi (Utah and Skyline High), DT, San Diego (No. 95): Palepoi came on as a substitute and had two tackles, including one solo. He played 20 defensive snaps, the most among Chargers’ defensive tackles, and three on special teams.
Alani Fua (BYU), ILB, Arizona (No. 59): Fua came on as a substitute and had two solo tackles. He played 22 defensive snaps, second-most among Cardinals linebackers, and four on special teams.
Kerwynn Williams (Utah State), RB, Arizona (No. 33): Williams came on as a substitute and had two carries for 19 yards, including an 18-yard run. He played five offensive snaps and nine on special teams.
Carolina at Tennessee, 1 p.m. MT
Locals involved, Carolina: Brian Blechen, LB, Utah (No. 50); Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High (No. 69); Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah and Bingham High (No. 98); Jared Norris, LB, Utah (No. 52); Paul Soliai, DT, Utah (No. 90)
Locals involved, Tennessee: Brice McCain, CB, Utah (No. 33); Jeremiah Poutasi, G/T, Utah (No. 73); LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah (No. 36)
New York Giants at Buffalo, 2 p.m. (NFL Network)
Locals involved, New York: None
Locals involved, Buffalo: None
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 5 p.m. (NFL Network)
Locals involved, Baltimore: Will Davis, SS, Utah State (No. 39); Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU (No. 88); Steve Smith Sr., WR, Utah (No. 89); Eric Weddle, FS, Utah (No. 32); De’Ondre Wesley, OT, BYU (No. 77); Chuck Jacobs, WR, Utah State (No. 85)
Locals involved, Indianapolis: Tay Glover-Wright, CB, Utah State (No. 39); Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State (No. 33)
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m.
Locals involved, Tampa Bay: None
Locals involved, Jacksonville: None
New Orleans at Houston, 6 p.m.
Locals involved, New Orleans: Sione Houma, RB, Highland High (No. 39)
Locals involved, Houston: Tony Bergstrom, C, Utah and Skyline High (No. 68); Anthony Denham, TE, Utah (No. 81); Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High (No. 71)
San Francisco at Denver, 7 p.m.
Locals involved, San Francisco: Dres Anderson, WR, Utah (No. 17); Zane Beadles, OL, Utah and Hillcrest High (No. 68); Jason Fanaika, LB, Utah and Pleasant Grove High (No. 45)
Locals involved, Denver: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah (No. 20); David Moala, NT, Utah State (No. 62)
Kansas City at Los Angeles, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
Locals involved, Kansas City: Jordan Devey, OL, American Fork High and Snow College (No. 77); Mitch Mathews, WR, BYU (No. 83); Alex Smith, QB, Utah (No. 11); Daniel Sorensen, DB, BYU (No. 49)
Locals involved, Los Angeles: Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State (No. 31)
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