Bubble watch: Kenbrell Thompkins

July, 7, 2013
(Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they may potentially fit in 2013.)

NAME: Kenbrell Thompkins

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Stew Milne/USA TODAY SportsWill Kenbrell Thompkins catch on with the Patriots?
POSITION: Wide receiver

AGE: 24

2012 STATS: 13 games, 34 receptions (541 yards, 2 touchdowns) -- at the University of Cincinnati

INJURY STATUS: No known injuries.


WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: While draft picks Josh Boyce (foot) and Aaron Dobson (unknown) were sidelined for last month's minicamp, Thompkins was on the field and healthy, earning critical practice time alongside top offensive players. If he did enough to impress the coaching staff this spring, they won't hesitate to give him a chance to prove himself in training camp and the preseason. Because of the wide-open personnel situation at wide receiver, Thompkins remains an undrafted free agent to watch.

WHY HE SHOULD NOT MAKE IT: There are at least three players who are virtual locks at wide receiver: Dobson, Boyce and free-agent pickup Danny Amendola. Beyond that, Julian Edelman brings the experience and versatility to secure a roster spot, leaving Thompkins to battle with a trio of veterans -- Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones, and Lavelle Hawkins -- for a role in the offense. That's a tough task for an undrafted rookie who played just two seasons of Division I football.

CLOSEST COMPETITION: WR Michael Jenkins, WR Donald Jones, WR Lavelle Hawkins

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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