Thompkins drew praise early in New England Patriots camp for displaying good hands and connecting well with quarterback Tom Brady. Though he had to wade through a lot of competition, Thompkins has seen a lot of action with the first-team offense and appears likely to take the role Brandon Lloyd had as the team’s “X” receiver.
Thompkins had four catches for 23 yards in the Pats’ preseason opener. He only had one catch in their second game, but he started along with Danny Amendola at wide receiver. Then he really had a breakout game on Thursday against the Detroit Lions.
Thompkins caught eight passes out of 12 targets for 116 yards. His first catch was a 37-yard completion early in the game from Brady where he put a move on Detroit cornerback Darius Slay and beat him down the sidelines. He had a drop in the game, but played well overall.
So what can you expect out of Thompkins this year? As we know, the Pats spread the ball around on offense. Brady liked to target Wes Welker more than anyone, so that will be Danny Amendola’s role this season. He also throws to his tight ends frequently, so we’re expecting big things from Zach Sudfeld and Rob Gronkowski when he comes back.
Lloyd had 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season. That seems like a reasonable line to expect from Thompkins, with possibly more touchdowns. That’s not bad for a guy who is probably available on the waiver wire in most leagues that have already drafted.
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