Kenbrell Thompkins remaining level-headed despite praise from Tom Brady
|08.20.14 at 6:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For second-year wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, he could be riding high following his touchdown catch in last Friday’s second preseason game against the Eagles and then the high praise he received from Tom Brady following the game.
But, that isn’t the attitude Thompkins has — as he doesn’t look too much into things such as that.
“I see Tom everyday. It doesn’t make me feel any different — that’s my quarterback, we have other quarterbacks as well and we all learn,” Thompkins said. “We’re all teammates and we try and push each other to try and get better.”
The wide receiver position is one of the most competitive on the team as besides sure locks Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, there is Thompkins, Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms. Of that bunch, it is likely the team will carry five on their final 53-man roster, so the competition is heating up for the final two preseason games.
Thompkins may have an inside track to one of those spots as besides the confidence from Brady, he showed flashes in his rookie season when he caught 70 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns, including the thrilling game-winner against the Saints. Even with all that going for him, Thompkins is just worried about controlling the things he can control.
“I’m out there trying to do the best I can and doing the best for my team trying to be on top of things I need to be on top of,” said Thompkins.
With the third preseason game this Friday against Carolina, many say the third preseason game is a dress rehearsal for the regular season. For Thompkins, like how he views everything else, he is just treating it like any other game.
“I think we all come in each and everyday making sure we’re all on top of our game,” he said. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t think there is any pressure. It’s another football game, another week of practice and another week to get better.”
Thompkins did admit he is looking forward to the regular season, but is still treating the rest of the preseason like he treats most other things — focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far into things.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Thompkins said. “In the preseason we have a lot of these games to see where we are right now and the regular season is approaching, but we’re trying to focus on Carolina now. When the regular season and Game 1 comes we’ll prepare for that week and let things take care of themselves.”