The Patriots receiving corps underwhelmed in Motown, with the exception of one continuously surprising rookie.
That's right, Kenbrell Thompkins was at it again, hauling in 8 balls for a whopping 116 yards, including torching fellow first-year player Darius Slay for a 37-yard pick-up on the Pats opening drive.
What to make of this unexpected situation?
The Boston Globe's Ben Volin finds plenty of irony in it all.
"Thompkins was the one good last night and it's such a fascinating dynamic for the Patriots this training camp," Volin said. "You have three rookie receivers in here Thompkins, Dobson and Josh Boyce and the undrafted kid has been playing the best out of all of them, better than the second-rounder and the fourth-rounder."
As for the receiving corps as a whole, Danny Amendola was not in action Thursday against the Lions. Some may see that as a detriment to this Patriots squad, but Greg Dickerson sees it as a net plus in the long run.
"I thought it was actually kind of good last night that Amendola didn't play," Dickerson said. "You got the chance to see the dynamic between Brady and these rookie receivers without sort of that safety valve."
New England finishes off its preseason against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, August 29.