Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) runs after catching a pass during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots may cut Kenbrell Thompkins in training camp


The New England Patriots had no one for Thom Brady to throw to in 2013 as Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola were hurt most of the year and Aaron Hernandez was (and still is) in jail on murder charges. This meant that Brady had to create targets and one of those targets was undrafted rookie Kenbrel Thompkins.

Some flash was shown by Thompkins and many saw him as a preseason favorite to emerge as the next big thing in New England, but a year later he may end up out of a job with the Patriots. Jeff Howe from the Boston Herald broke down what the Patriots wide receiver depth looks like and he sees Thompkins as a guy on the bubble between making the team and getting cut in the summer.

Per the Boston Herald:

The undrafted rookie played well in 2013 but was surprisingly benched midway through the season, and a hip injury derailed his final month. Thompkins has good ability, but something wasn’t adding up with the healthy scratch against the Steelers.

Thompkins isn’t a lock to be cut, but he’s also clearly not a lock to be on the team in 2014. New England has Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell as their top receivers with Amendola still on the team as well. Aside from the other receivers who may be signed or drafted, Brady should be getting Gronkowski back this season as well, which further highlights the fact that there may not be room for Thompkins when all is said and done.

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  • Who ya gonna call

    Thom Brady?

    And since when does LaFell outrank Amendola?

    Amendola makes more, has a more productive background and has more skills

  • Travis Hise

    LaFell is not a top receiver. He’s a back-up behind Dobson at the X-receiver spot. However, the point Howe made was that with so much guaranteed money in LaFell’s contract, he’s pretty much guaranteed a roster spot. With the Patriots normally only carrying 6 receivers (including ST ace Matthew Slater) it means either Josh Boyce or Kenbrell Thompkins are on the chopping block now. One would lead more toward Thompkins being cut, since he was visibly benched midway through the year while the Patriots invested a fourth-round pick in Boyce and Boyce was showing flashes before he ended up on IR with an ankle injury. A lot of fans were, and still are enamored with Thompkins due to his 3 game stretch in the beginning of the year where he was decent, but due to the fact he’s going to be 26 to start the year (LaFell is only going to be 27) and was a rookie last year that fell off, his upside and growth is very limited and it might be better to cut him now rather than give him a spot and watch him regress further.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    It’s not like I’ve seen the Pats drafting a good WR until now though. Dobson has to show he is for real and quickly, Boyce has to prove that that fourth round pick wasn’t wasted. Still not a good situation, I hope NE doesn’t have to draft another WR this year because they have plenty of needs already.