Tom Brady, Patriots stuck in neutral until key receivers can return to practice

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During the Patriots’ minicamp, Tom Brady has mostly been throwing with the JV team. And the offense isn’t getting much out of this minicamp, except a look at which players might be able to grab the last few spots on the 53-man roster.

Reporters have been forced to keep their rosters handy, just to figure out who is on the receiving end of Brady’s passes.

Yes, that was Kenbrell Thompkins, an undrafted receiver from Cincinnati, working with the starting offense Wednesday. Kamar Aiken, a practice squad player who has bounced around the league, looks like a Pro Bowler compared with some of the players he is competing against. And Michael Jenkins, released by the receiver-starved Vikings earlier this year, has been thrust into the lineup.

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