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Training camp stock report: Kenbrell Thompkins continues to emerge in wide receiver battle

Posted by Erik Frenz  August 2, 2013 06:56 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots held their seventh practice of training camp on Friday afternoon in great summer conditions. It was the team's fifth consecutive practice in full pads.

The team has practice scheduled for Saturday and Monday, before traveling to Philadelphia for practice with the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday.

Who could carry some good momentum with them to Philadelphia, and who needs to turn things around before the road trip?

Stock up:

Kenbrell Thompkins: Was spotted returning punts in special teams drills. Showed impressive quickness in his release. Won both his matchups in one-on-one drills against Brandon Jones and Justin Green. Has also shown a keen ability to track the ball in flight, over his shoulder, when going deep. Thompkins had a strong start to camp, and has continued to build off that to become one of the top "dark horse" candidates to make the roster.

Chandler Jones: Went 2-1 in one-on-one pass-rush drills, and logged what would have been two consecutive sacks in 11-on-11 work. This is Jones' second time on the stock up list. He's had a great camp so far, and his bull rush seems to be more effective than last year.

Ryan Mallett: Went 3-for-4 in the first session of 11-on-11 work, and showed solid accuracy on on a few throws into tight windows, one on an in-route to Kenbrell Thompkins and another on a drag route to Kamar Aiken. Also showed off his big arm on a nice touch pass to Matthew Slater in the end zone in one-on-one drills, and on a flea flicker to Aaron Dobson, who made the catch despite being interfered with by Aqib Talib.

Stock down:

Quentin Sims: Continues to drop easy passes, and has spent a majority of his time with the third-team offense. The competition at wide receiver is growing stiffer with the return of Julian Edelman and the emergence of Thompkins, Dobson, Aiken and Boyce. Sims may not be long for the roster.

Michael Jenkins: Much of what was said about Sims applies to Jenkins. On top of that, Jenkins was spotted being worked on by trainers with an apparent hamstring issue. The young receivers have been getting most of the reps with Tom Brady, and Jenkins has been on the outside of this battle looking in since the first day of training camp.

Brandon Jones: Showed good ball skills on a throw into the end zone, in coverage on Matthew Slater, but gave up two receptions to Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in 7-on-7 goal line work, and a third in one-on-one coverage drills against Kamar Aiken. Jones is one of many Rutgers defensive backs on the roster, but his alma mater may not be enough to save his roster spot if he keeps getting burned in practice.

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