The New England Patriots are undeniably hurting at the wide receiver position, although the need for a replacement player is up for debate.
The Patriots have placed receivers Brandon Gibson and Brian Tyms on the injured reserve (IR) and have just tried to sneak receivers Josh Boyce and Jonathan Krause on the IR as well. Receivers Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, and Aaron Dobson have just returned to practice from injury, while new addition Reggie Wayne is still learning the playbook. This leaves Danny Amendola as the only healthy and integrated receiver on the roster, which is extremely unexpected.
So this leaves the Patriots with rookies Chris Harper and Zach D'Orazio at receiver, as well as newly acquired Jalen Saunders, since it's very unlikely that the Patriots will play either Edelman or LaFell in the final preseason game.
This begs the question: the Oakland Raiders just cut wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who spent the 2013 season with the Patriots before losing a roster spot to Brian Tyms. Would the Patriots have any interest in bringing Thompkins back into the fold?
There are clear positives and negatives. Thompkins built a quick rapport with quarterback Tom Brady and offered value as an outside receiver. He also had poor hands and wasn't overly dynamic after the catch. But he knows the Patriots playbook as well as anyone on the roster and could push for a final spot over the next week.
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