Posts Tagged ‘Kenbrell Thompkins’

Notes from Philadelphia: Receivers Impress, Defensive Backs Inconsistent

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

NEPD Contributor: Eric Galko

Watching two teams and a combined set of 180 players wasn’t an easy task during Day One of the Eagles-Patriots scrimmaging. However, with my main focus on the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs, I was able to glean out some impressions from a difficult to keep up with practice.

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Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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Separating Himself: Undrafted Patriots Wideout Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Virginia Tech, 2012

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins — No. 85 — has learned to separate himself. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Whether it was the hard Miami neighborhood of Liberty City he grew up in, or the defensive backs on the football field, undrafted New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has spent his life trying to separate.

And after seven arrests and three high school expulsions before the age of 19, the 6’0”, 195-pounder finally clutched his chance to do so.

He travelled west to El Camino College in 2008, where amassed 111 receptions for 1,766 yards and 14 touchdowns over two seasons of junior college competition. Then he travelled north to the University of Cincinnati, where he amassed 78 catches for 1,077 yards and four scores over two seasons of Division I competition.

He stood out. But on Sept. 29 of 2012, the then-senior did more than stand out. He put together the greatest performance of his FBS college career. (more…)


Patriots Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins and the Long Road to NFL Training Camp

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The story of Kenbrell Thompkins is an inspiring one, even if he doesn’t make New England’s 53-man roster. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Kenbrell Thompkins’ journey to the NFL has been a long an arduous one. It’s been a journey filled trouble and disappointment. But for the undrafted wide receiver, it’s also been a journey filled with redemption.

And despite the long odds he’s faced, the 24-year-old now finds himself in a window of opportunity that once appeared to be closed.

He finds himself in training camp with the New England Patriots.

Foxborough, Mass., is stark in contrast with where he began. Raised in a single-parent home in the Miami, Fla., neighborhood of Liberty City, Thompkins’ mother worked two jobs to support her six children. Her son spent much of his time alone, venturing out to explore nearby streets ravaged with violence as a result.

It caught up to him.

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