Kenbrell Thompkins on dust-up with Brandon Browner: ‘Hopefully, we can get better from it’
|07.30.14 at 10:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When defensive back Brandon Browner got in Kenbrell Thompkins face Wednesday, the Patriots receiver didn’t take it personally.
After all, the receiver has been making big play after big play on him and figured the time had come in the training camp one-on-one competition for Browner to rise up. He did, with an interception, his first of training camp and a strip of a ball on another play against Thompkins.
Thompkins said the early sparring session in Wednesday’s padded practice was not something that will carry over to another practice.
“I don’t think so,” Thompkins said. “We still have a lot of practice against each other. We’re just out there being competitive. He’s competing against the wide receiver position. We’re competing and those things happen. At the end of the day, we go in the locker room and we all see each other’s faces and we have another six hours together. Hopefully, we’ll crack a couple of jokes later.”
Earlier in practice, during red zone drills, Browner got so frustrated he just pushed Thompkins in the back as he was beaten on a corner route in the end zone. Minutes later, in another passing drill, Browner had seen enough and got physical and loud.
The sparring session caused receivers coach Chad O’Shea to intervene, naturally defending his receiver. Browner didn’t take kindly to that and got in the face of O’Shea.
“The receiver position, it’s our job to make sure we get open and make sure we catch the ball,” Thompkins said. “Our coach always preach those two things.”
They may have wanted to rip each other apart for a brief moment Wednesday but both praised the other after practice, including Thompkins, who said he’ll benefit from going up against a 6-foot-6 defensive back at the line of scrimmage.
“He’s a tremendous athlete. All of those guys are tremendous athletes,” Thompkins said. “Brandon has great length. You just pretty much have to work against every DB we have out there. We have to make sure we work on our releases and are getting open.”
Thompkins said the important lesson of Wednesday is to learn from the emotion on the field and use the passion to make better plays.
“Hopefully we can just get better from it,” Thompkins said. “Just leave it on the field.”
Asked if he would “hug it out” with Browner as Browner said he did with O’Shea, Thompkins said he would just settle for some civil conversation.
“We’ll talk it out,” Thompkins said.
Thompkins made a point to tip his cap to the entire Patriots secondary as a group, not just newcomers Browner and Darrelle Revis.
“I don’t think it’s [only] two,” Thompkins said. “We have a great group, a great bunch at the corner position right now. I think they’re all competitive and they’re all working hard and we’re all trying to make each other better at the end of the day.”
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