Posts Tagged ‘Kenbrell Thompkins’

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)


Routes and Coverages: Charting the Balance of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Broncos

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins have been utilized in different facets for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There was a halftime shift in the New England Patriots’ comeback win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12. And while that was apparent in the 34-31 final score, it was also apparent in the use of rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

As the second-round pick opened the game at “X” receiver, the undrafted free-agent opened the game No. 4 on the depth chart. Yet after intermission, their roles were switched. The 6’0”, 195-pound Thompkins found himself on the field, and the 6’3”, 200-pound Dobson found himself predominantly observing from the sidelines.

The beneficiary, whose first passing play came with five seconds left in the first half, ultimately finished with six catches on nine targets for 56 yards. On the other end, Dobson finished catchless over his 37 snaps, relieving an injured Thompkins for just two plays in the third.

At first glance, the personnel switch suggested that the 22-year-old Marshall wideout had been benched in favor of the 25-year-old Cincinnati product. But in reality, the decision delved deeper than that. Dobson was not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury, and Thompkins’ skill set and route tree best suited Denver’s defense. (more…)


2013 Patriots Mid-season Draft and Rookie Review

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Brady Dobson

Aaron Dobson and Tom Brady are starting to develop some rapport. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 NFL season is more than half-way over. The playoff picture is taking shape and teams are looking forward towards the 2014 NFL Draft. In terms of the 2013 rookie class it’s still early in their careers, but that hasn’t stopped fans from labeling players “busts” or “steals”.

With the Patriots coming off their bye week, it is the perfect time to review the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft class, evaluate how the rookies have performed to date, and look ahead to what each player could bring in future seasons.

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Moment of Resiliency: Tom Brady, Kenbrell Thompkins, and the Last-Second Touchdown over Saints

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The final two minutes of Sunday’s game saw the Patriots fight back to defeat the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

A 10-point halftime lead, as well as four starters, departed from the New England Patriots’ Week 6 battle against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. And with 2:24 remaining, the Patriots found themselves with the football, down 27-23, searching for the energy that had been vacuumed out of Gillette Stadium.

Yet at that juncture, all quarterback Tom Brady found was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis on a downfield interception. New Orleans took control once again, running the ball three times and expiring New England’s last timeout. Head coach Sean Payton and his Saints squad could not expire the contest, however, as a vital three-and-out by the defense sent the Patriots offense back onto the field with 1:13 left.

That was all it took. (more…)


3rd-and-19: Tom Brady’s Momentum-Swinging Pass to Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Falcons

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

A third-down conversion changed the tides in New England’s Week 4 victory over Atlanta. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Through three quarters of play on Sunday evening, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons found themselves in a 13-10 deadlock. But as the fourth and final frame opened up, the Patriots offense followed suit.

It had to.

After a pass to slot receiver Julian Edelman fell incomplete. After a Brandon Bolden rush netted a four-yard loss. And after a false start by right guard Dan Connolly backed the ball up another five yards, the Patriots’ climb to maintain a three-point lead had steepened. The Falcons defense had New England’s offensive attack on its heels for a 3rd-and-19 at the 12-yard line.

At that juncture, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels essentially had two choices: Play the field position with a run call to set up the punt, or play for possession with deep pass to the sticks.

The latter option was elected. (more…)


New England Patriots vs New York Jets: Three Takeaways from a Narrow Victory

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Chandler Jones Dance

Chandler Jones has been a menace so far in 2013. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Survive and advance. Wait for reinforcements. They don’t ask for a picture.

You can repeat any cliche that you want, but the Patriots are 2-0.

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Four Catches, Fourteen Targets: Putting Kenbrell Thompkins’ Week 1 Numbers in Context

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Kenbrell Thompkins’ regular-season debut was a learning experience. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With his four-catch, 42-yard performance in the season opener, Kenbrell Thompkins became the first undrafted rookie wideout to record a regular-season reception with the New England Patriots since Bam Childress in 2005.

But aside from falling on a milestone, Thompkins also fell on the turf and saw many passes meet the same fate. The El Camino College and University of Cincinnati product was in the vicinity of 10 incompletions, which dropped his receiving efficiency to 28 percent.

Yet in order to understand those numbers, it’s important to understand the context behind them.

It’s time to take a glance at all 14 passes thrown in the direction of New England’s 25-year-old target.

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