4 early standouts at New England Patriots training camp

  • A pair of receivers
  • A top corner in the making
  • A versatile quarterback-turned-receiver?
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2. Kayshon Boutte is rewriting his story with the Patriots

When the Patriots drafted Kayshon Boutte in the sixth round, they were taking a risk. Boutte had shown every bit of being at least a Day 2 pick early on in his LSU career, but inconsistencies overshadowed his talent for the majority of his time following that freshman year.

During training camp, though, Boutte has seemed to stay focused and is proving to be worthy of a roster spot. Who knows, maybe he'll become more than "just a roster spot" down the line.

John Tlumack of boston.com had this to say about Boutte's recent practices:

"Over the last week, Boutte has seemingly made the most of his reps, especially in wake of Tyquan Thornton getting relegated to more second-team work with Zappe.

"The 21-year-old receiver has continued to stack good days in camp with a few standout segments, including a nifty one-handed snag off a high throw from Malik Cunningham on Monday," Tlumacki wrote.

This is, so far, a best-case scenario for the rookie. Playing for a coach like Belichick, knowing he took a risk on you, isn't always easy. But, Boutte has worked hard and was even one who left Christian Gonzalez in the dust on a route in camp, with that video surfacing around social media and catching people's attention.

If the Patriots end up hitting a home run with this late-round pick, along with this next guy, fans are going to be thrilled to finally have some legitimate playmakers at the position.