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Kenbrell Thompkins remains steady amid ups and downs

Kenbrell Thompkins provided the Patriots’ play of the year with his touchdown catch to beat the Saints.
Kenbrell Thompkins provided the Patriots’ play of the year with his touchdown catch to beat the Saints.stephan savoia/associated press

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Even though he was undrafted, it took Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins just three games before he caught his first NFL touchdown pass (he had two that day against the Buccaneers). The next week he bagged his first 100-yard receiving game. The Patriots’ play of the year so far — a last-second, winning touchdown pass from Tom Brady — followed against the Saints, the high point to Thompkins’s first season.

More recently, there have been lows. Thompkins had his snap count drastically reduced two games ago, when he was on the field for only 14 plays. Then, in the most recent game, against the Steelers, he didn’t play at all. Thompkins was a healthy scratch, one of seven inactive players.

He has taken it all in stride. The good and the bad.

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