Too much pressure on Thompkins and Sudfeld?

Too much pressure on Thompkins and Sudfeld?
September 9, 2013, 12:00 am
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Intrigue was high surrounding Tom Brady and the new look receiving corps heading into the season-opener against the Bills.

So how did they grade out?

Well, some showed their value, most notably Danny Amendola and his 10 grabs for 104 yards, but others left something lacking.

The two poster boys of the Patriots camp, Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, had particularly poor debuts. The duo which appeared so unstoppable in preseason came crashing down to Earth in Buffalo.

Yet, it is but one game, and Mike Flynn of 98.5 The SportsHub is still a believer in Sudfeld's ability.

"Sudfeld, maybe he's not ready for the physicality right now, but you get Gronkowski back, and more of a supporting role, he has the tools," Flynn said. "I think they're going to get better as the season goes on."

As for Thompkins, a receiver of former Patriots lore came into his defense.

Troy Brown, maybe the most celebrated Patriot for his versatility, dedication to the team and unselfishness in his play, of course knows what it's like to be in Thompkins position.

There is no question No. 85 struggled in his first NFL start, but Brown is confident the undrafted rookie will be a stud for this team.

"Kenbrell Thompkins had a lot of opportunities to make some plays and people have got to understand that this guy is a rookie and it's a little more difficult to complete passes outside of those numbers, and you won't have as high of a completion percentage as you would throwing to those slot guys or tight end," Brown said. "So factor all of this stuff in, this guy is a rookie catching passes from Tom Brady, you put enough pressure on this guy as it is."

"Let it be what it is. I think he's a heck of a ball player, I'm guaranteeing you by about week 10, week 11 of this season, you're going to be thanking God that Kenbrell Thompkins is on this football team."