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.
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.