A big part of football is seizing opportunity and second-year receiver Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins is doing just that. He's taking repetitions that likely would have been Aaron Dobson's and making plays that catch the eye. For the second day in a row, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Thompkins made a diving touchdown catch and he appears to be practicing with a lot of confidence. He runs precise routes, and most importantly, Brady has developed trust in him. That's not easy to do. They don't give out gold stars after two days of training camp, but Thompkins would be close to the front of the line if they did.
Dobson would have the inside track to starter's snaps but has been laid up the entire offseason with a foot injury that continues to linger. Meanwhile, Thompkins is having another good camp.