New England Patriots undrafted rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is beginning to turn heads with his solid play during the first few practices of training camp. Thompkins dominated in the spring and even suited up with the first-team offense at times during organized team activities. With that being said, will he be able to continue to perform at a high level to be considered the No. 5 wide receiver on the depth chart?
In the first padded practice of training camp on Sunday, Thompkins made the most of his numerous opportunities. He caught plenty of passes from veteran quarterback Tom Brady, but it was with the backup quarterbacks that he really shined. He blew past starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard to haul in a pass from Ryan Mallett. He also managed to record a touchdown on a 50-yard pass during a two-minute drill with Tim Tebow under center to conclude Sunday’s practice.
The Patriots have numerous talented wide receivers, even after Wes Welker departed via free agency. There is no question Thompkins will have his hands full if he wants to make the 53-man roster. It is imperative that he continue to compete at a high level every time he steps onto the field. He also must catch everything that is thrown his way, especially from Brady.
I personally believe that Thompkins has the inside edge to be one of five wide receivers on the final roster. The fact is his hands are too good as he catches everything that is tossed at him. New England would be foolish to let someone with that kind of skill-set walk. With that being said, Thompkins has only appeared in two practices thus far, which means he still has plenty to prove.