Chris Thompson had been waiting months for the opportunity to contribute in a regular season game.
Getting that opportunity on Sunday against the New York Giants, Thompson didn't just get his first playing time of the season, but scored his first-ever touchdown in the second quarter.
"I was just waiting and being patient for my opportunity to come and it came today and I was just out there trying to make the best of it," he said after the game.
Thompson's touchdown was the Redskins' first since the third quarter of their Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Lining up in the shotgun alongside quarterback Robert Griffin III on a 3rd and 4 from the nine-yard line, Thompson went right past safety Stevie Brown, who appeared to be blitzing, and caught the ball right at the line of scrimmage before sprinting into the end zone untouched.
The play wasn't just Thompson's first-career touchdown -- it was his first-career NFL touch.
"That was a new look for us," Thompson said. "I wasn't sure if Stevie Brown was trying to guard me or blitz, but I guess he decided to blitz and the backer did also, so the field was wide open. ... So after I got around Stevie Brown, I just looked at Griff and was waiting for the ball and he got to me."
After his touchdown, Thompson was congratulated by teammates and coaches on the sidelines before reviewing photos of the series.
Thompson -- who finished the day with three carries for 12 yards along with three receptions for 22 yards -- became the first member of the Redskins to score a touchdown on his first-career reception since fullback Darrel Young accomplished that feat against the Philadelphia Eagles Nov. 15, 2010.
He said he'll always remember that particular play, but also mentioned other portions of the game that he's hoping to improve upon over the next couple weeks.
"I had some mistakes," Thompson admitted. "We didn't come out with the win, so there's a ball I didn't catch and a run should have been a touchdown. I just have to continue to get better."
The Florida State product said the last two games of the season -- on Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles and the following Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, both home games -- "mean a lot to the team" and to him.
"We've just got to continue to compete, continue to get better and if I get an opportunity the last two games, just try to be better than I was today," he said.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, meanwhile, told the media on Monday that Thompson now has "something to build off."
"I was impressed with Chris," he said. "I think Chris has earned the right to get more chances as a third down back."