New England Patriots to use Kenbrell Thompkins in a ‘rotation’?

Aug 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants corner back Corey Webster (23) and safety Cooper Taylor (30) tackle New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

With so much uncertainty surrounding the New England Patriots wide receiving core, fantasy football pundits clamored onto Kenbrell Thompkins as the man to emerge from the pack.

Thompkins rose up draft boards and became one of the best sleepers available – well – so we thought.

Now according to the Boston Herald, Thompkins reportedly will be used in a ‘rotation’ which will feature Josh Boyce, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson.

Per the Herald:

Dobson figures to be used Sunday on a rotational basis on the outside with Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Julian Edelman. One constant will be the quarterback, and it’s possible Brady’s presence will heighten Dobson’s consistency now that the franchise will man the huddle for a full 60 minutes.

Brady showed a willingness to allow Dobson to make the spectacular catch earlier in training camp before the Marshall product’s reps fell off a bit later in the summer. The rookie has put in the work at practice and the film room with the intention of getting more opportunities, and it’s possible the results will come forth Sunday against the Bills.

While nobody expected Thompkins to be given a free pass to being a starter, many really weren’t expecting a rotation either.

Of course, all it takes is for Thompkins to emerge from the pack of receivers (or any of them really) to claim a larger role, but there might be some unhappy fantasy football managers out there this morning.

Topics: Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots

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  • Jingle02

    Typical Pats misdirection. Dobson will be inactive for week 1 due to hamstring issues and an ineffectiveness on special teams. On the other hand, Thompkins is a wonderful athlete, has great size, and looks to be the real deal. I see him starting across from Amendola and receiving a number of targets, especially given the injury status of Buffalo’s secondary.

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