The New England Patriots didn't have much positive to take away from Thursday night's embarrassing 40-9 loss to the Detroit Lions. One bright spot was the continued reliability of undrafted free agent rookie Kenbrell Thompkins. As Boston.com reported on August 22, Thompkins delivered just about every time Tom Brady threw his way.
With the exception of one dropped pass, Thompkins has looked more like a seasoned veteran than an undrafted rookie. His quickness, athleticism and reliability has earned him trust with Brady and is quickly becoming one of Brady's favorite receivers. Yes, it is only preseason, but if Thompkins produces anywhere near the eight catches for 116 yards he had on Thursday night on a consistent basis, then the New England Patriots have found something special, especially in a year where they went into camp with question marks at the receiver spot.
The more impressive part about Thompkins game is his ability to create separation from the defender. he had two deep catches in the game against Detroit. In one play, he did a quick juke move at the line of scrimmage to lose his defender and catch a 37-yard pass from Brady.
That play alone showcased something the Patriots have been missing and have been searching for. perhaps they have found it from an unlikely source. One thing is for sure, Thompkins' stock is quickly rising. How high will this kid take it receiving passes from a quarterback like Tom Brady.