The New England Patriots are a quarter of the way through the season, and after being snake bitten by injuries and fans panicking about young receivers, the Patriots sit on top of the AFC East at 4-0. Coming off their biggest test of the season, the Patriots found a way to win and Tom Brady found success throwing the ball against the Atlanta Falcons. Brady took almost half the game to really get rolling, but he finally started to move the ball well and Kenbrell Thompkins was a big part of that.
Thompkins saw 11 targets and caught six balls for 127 yards and a touchdown. That is two straight games where Thompkins has found the end zone, and Brady seems to be getting comfortable with the rookie. Thompkins did have a drop and had a couple where he bobbled the ball a little before making the catch, but every week he has progressed and looks like he could be a solid receiver. Watching Thompkins run routes and seeing how Brady and the Patriots use him, it reminds me of how Brady and Deion Branch used to look early in Branch’s career.
Obviously Brady and Thompkins are not there yet, but they seem to be getting more familiar with each other. If Thompkins keeps running good routes and getting open, Brady will continue to find him. With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski set to return, that will take even more pressure off the rookie who could be in line for a solid year. The Patriots have a tough schedule going forward and will need Thompkins to keep playing at a high level.