From an outsider's view this seems like heresy; a 2nd rounder getting beaten out by an undrafted free agent! But is Coach Belichick willing to do this? He has made questionable (at the time) decisions in the past that have paid off. I don't want to make a huge deal of mini-camp and OTA's but Kenbrell Thompkins seemed to stand out from most of the receivers attending camp. On the other side, Aaron Dobson either struggled holding onto the ball or staying healthy. But can we really believe that a guy who went undrafted out of Cincinnati is better than any second round pick? For now it seems that it is a little hard to believe Thompkins was overlooked by all 32 teams in the draft if he were as good as/ better than Aaron Dobson. But it has happened in the past numerous times.The general consensus is that there will be an open competition to see who starts as the "X" route receiver (or deep threat receiver) with the departure of Brandon Lloyd, although Dobson and Thompkins are just two of the names that come to mind. Michael Jenkins, a veteran acquisition, is also in the mix and may very well win the spot. He seems to be running with the first team in practice (so far), and usually breaks off with Brady and Amendola (an almost 100% lock to start) in individual practices. Jenkins may sound like favorite as of now, but he's had his ups and downs this summer too. He's slower than the young receivers, and has made his fare share of nice catches and bad drops. If there is one thing sure is that it's still really early to write off anybody as a starter.
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