Greetings from Foxboro: Brady’s receiving options

Greetings from Foxboro: Brady’s receiving options
July 24, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Do you smell that?

It's pigskin.

And it's being thrown around the Gillette Stadium practice fields.

Specifically, it's being thrown by Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, and Jimmy Garoppolo.

And being caught by Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Kenbrell Thompkins among many others.

And it is those receivers that we're focusing on on Day 1, because some (Thompkins) looked exceptional, while others (Amendola) are still needing a little Brady guidance.

Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi check in. Giardi starts with Brady's first press conference of camp.

"First of all," Giardi said, "two questions about Gronk. Never said Gronk by name. Talked in generalities about just having everybody out there, guys that are at different stages, it struck me as a little bit odd. And then when you think about last year when he was the one who said basically, 'Yeah, he's our best player in practice, kind of wondering why he's not playing.' Meanwhile [Brady] went out of his way to talk about Kenbrell Thompkins and Julien Edelman, praising these guys for guys who had to work hard to get where they are, and that he enjoys working with them, loves the effort that they put in. Likes to play with those players."

Hmm . . . perhaps Tom's relationship with Gisele isn't the only rocky one. Kidding. Gronk love Tom. Gronk love football.

But Curran wanted to elaborate more on Thompkins.

"Kenbrell Thompkins had an outstanding practice, and he had so many good training camp practices last year when he really emerged as an undrafted guy," Curran said. "He makes catches, he makes acrobatic catches, he has exceptional quickness and outside ability. I think you're eating paint chips if you think that Kenbrell Thompkins is even close to the bubble. I think he is a staple receiver for this team."

No paint chips over here.

The guys go on to discuss what Brady worked on with his receivers, and what it means that he had to talk to Amendola three separate times . . .