posted at 8/18/2014 12:39 PM EDT
I still think Thompkins has a long ways to go but its obvious he has done the most of the 3 guys picked up last year. Not as much upside as boyce, not the pedigree of Dobson but he is out there with the ones. He is ahead of everyone not named Danny and Julian and Gronk. That being said, when did fans develop such high expectations for an UDFA? I dont see any warranted criticism with this guy. If I told you guys KT was gonna end up having a troy brown type career, most here would be thrilled. Soooo, lets revisit how his career started and how he progressed, shall we.. Since he is in the Pats hall of fame, surely he is the standard...
Brown was drafted by the Patriots out of Marshall in the 8th round of the 1993 NFL Draft (198th overall). He was waived as a final cut in the 1993 preseason but was re-signed on October 19, 1993. It wasn't until the 1995 season that he started seeing time as a wide receiver, recording 14 catches for 159 yards. The next season in 1996, when the New England Patriots reached the Super Bowl, he recorded 21 catches for 222 yards. In 1997 he recorded 41 catches for 607 yards and 6 touchdowns despite being behind both Terry Glenn and Shawn Jefferson on the depth chart at receiver as well as competing with Ben Coates and Vincent Brisby for catches. In 1998, he resumed his duties as a punt returner.
His first year as a starter was 2000 with 83 catches for 944 yards and 4 touchdowns. In 2001 he, alongside Tom Brady, led the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl championship, recording 101 catches during the season for 1,199 yards and 5 touchdowns, setting the franchise record for receptions and earning his first trip to a Pro Bowl.
So you see, it took Brown 4 years in the league to do what KT did his 1st year. Brown was not asked to start until his 8th year in the league! Kt started as a Rookie after playing a lot in preseason. Terry Glenn? Well he was a 1st rounder, had 96 catches in his rookie year. What about his 2nd year? oh you mean when he spoke the famous words " I DID" and was waltzing around practice bouncing a tennis ball completely healthy saying he had a hammy and was not ready? prompting Parcells to refer to him as "she" well that was Glenn as a young 2nd year player. Oh and then there was the limo incident w/Terry pissing in public. Brown was not always the player he finished his career as. I ran into him one night in Providence after the club. I was talking to a limo full of girls when he arrived and told me it was his limo. It took a few years for these guys to exhaust their desires to party and accept the patriots way and move on to great things(Thx BB). Now a days, all that is lost and people expect UDFA's to come in and catch 80 balls for 1,000 yards or they stink and they all cry for the guy who runs a 4.3 to play over him despite not doing anything. Very strange indeed.
Most WRs come into the league immature, prima donnas,etc. This guys only knock is talent but he is out there daily busting his hump to get better and gets a lot of hate on here. Take it all into context please.
I wont compare him to Branch. He was a 2nd rounder w/polish who clicked right away. He also wasnt asked to come in and start like KT was. There are some who think Branchs rookie year was perfect. Actually, he hit a rookie wall as well, playing a backup role! After the bye in week 7, he put up a total of 6 catches in the next 7 games and did not play in the last 3. I guess he was at his ceiling then...truthfully Branch never went over 1,000 yards and I believe KT will before his career is over. Maybe Branch will be lucky to be mentioned with KT when its all said and done....LOL
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