"Hard working kid; one of our hardest workers," Belichick told the media Friday. "He really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable and he's very hard working."
Thompkins had a solid first day of training camp Thursday when he "caught nearly everything thrown his way." He has the chance to be a starter this year with Aaron Dobson (foot) out for the start of camp.
Thompkins burst onto the scene as an undrafted free agent last year, then failed to live up to the expectations he generated. He finished with 32 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.
According to the paper, Thompkins is battling second-year wideout Josh Boyce, rookie Jeremy Gallon and several undrafted rookies for one or two roster spots.
The report says that with Dobson out, Thompkins would start in his place.
"He's built some nice momentum in spring camps, and Dobson now has to try to do the same in training camp," the report says. "Among the many competitions on the roster, that should be a fun one to watch. Dobson was drafted in the second round last year for a reason; they are expecting big things from him."
The first is deciding to pay free agent
Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of
The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for
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