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Tyquan Thornton was asked about the ‘skinny wrists’ note on his pre-draft scouting report

"That was new to me."

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Tyquan Thornton at Patriots OTAs on May 31, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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Tyquan Thornton’s thoughts on his development: Following practice during the Patriots’ organized team activities on Tuesday, rookie wide receiver Tyquan Thornton spoke to reporters.

For Thornton, who was picked 50th overall in the second round by New England, the most notable thing about him coming into the NFL is his speed. Thornton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds.

Beyond that, there are questions surrounding the 21-year-old. Specifically, scouts questioned his size.

In his annual pre-draft scouting rundown of each of the top players, Dane Brugler of The Athletic noted that Thornton is “Rail thin with minimal bulk and the skinniest wrists in the draft (6 1/8 inches).”

“Tiny hands (8 1/4 inches) won’t create much confidence when it comes to winning 50-50 balls in the NFL,” Brugler added.

So what does Thornton make of the critique that his wrists are too skinny?

“Skinny wrists? I mean, what are you using your wrists for?” Thornton said when asked about the scouting report. “That was new to me.”

Thornton said he’s focusing on “getting stronger” and not just “getting bigger.”

“This is my body type. This is my frame,” Thornton explained. “I don’t see myself getting 225 pounds. I’ve been thin all my life. But just getting stronger in the weight room. Building more muscles so I can have that fast twitch.”

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As for the noted speed, his reputation appears to precede him. Are teammates trying to race him now?

“A lot of guys have asked to race, but not after that 4.2,” Thornton joked.

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