New England Patriots undrafted free agent wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has been a standout in offseason workouts ever since OTAs and minicamp, and he had another big day yesterday. After two terrific outings over the weekend, Thompkins cooled off on Monday night by dropping some passes and making a costly route-running error that led to an interception. But on Tuesday, Thompkins’s hands and route-running were back in full force, and this is a guy who is carving a roster spot for himself that could be written in pen if he keeps it up.
ESPN Boston’s Field Yates writes that Thompkins may have been the best player on the field yesterday, and that’s definitely high praise. Yates added that Thompkins was, “making several noteworthy grabs and showing precise route running.” Thompkins, as Aqib Talib said, does an excellent job of releasing at the line of scrimmage, and Yates also praised Thompkins’s footwork at the LOS. The former Cincinnati Bearcats star showed the ability to stretch the field, which has to be a good thing. I honestly think, though, that Thompkins is at his best in the intermediate game, and his route-running and quickness also allows him to run underneath.
It looks like the Patriots have their No. 5 wide receiver for the upcoming season, and Kenbrell Thompkins is the kind of guy who could turn into a dependable wide receiver on the outside if all goes well in his development. It’s hard not to be impressed with Thompkins as he continues to make the rounds in training camp.