Kenbrell Thompkins

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Kenbrell Thompkins
WR Kenbrell Thompkins at Patriots Training Camp- 2013-08-14 19-40.jpg
Thompkins at 2013 Patriots Training Camp
No. 85     New England Patriots
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-29) July 29, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern
College: Cincinnati
Undrafted in 2013
Debuted in 2013 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2013
Receptions 32
Receiving yards 466
Receiving touchdowns 4
Stats at

Kenbrell Thompkins (born July 29, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for El Camino Community College from 2008 to 2009 and Cincinnati from 2011 to 2012.

Early years[edit]

A native of the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Thompkins attended Miami Northwestern High School.[1] A classmate of Anthony Gaitor, Thompkins started for Northwestern, but was academically ineligible to play as a sophomore and was later expelled for violating school policy. He was allowed to re-enroll prior to his junior football season, only to be expelled again later in the year.[1] After spending his junior year at an alternative school, he re-enrolled at Northwestern for the third time prior to his senior year and finished his high school football career. Not long after the season concluded, Thompkins was expelled for the third time, after being arrested on armed robbery charges.[1]

After seven mostly drug-related arrests Thompkins was barely recruited coming out of high school. His only scholarship offer was from Morgan State, but he never enrolled.

College career[edit]

Thompkins briefly attended Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California in 2008 before transferring to El Camino Community College in Torrance, California to play football. At El Camino, Thompkins recorded two 1,000-yard seasons in a row, being named a team captain as a sophomore.[1] Following his sophomore campaign, Thompkins signed with the University of Tennessee in order to play under then-coach Lane Kiffin; following Kiffin's departure to become head coach of the USC Trojans football team, Thompkins transferred to the University of Oklahoma Sooners, but did not play at either university, as Oklahoma has a strict policy against admitting students with a history of legal troubles.[1] Instead, Thompkins transferred to the University of Cincinnati, where he played for two seasons from 2011 to 2012.

As a junior in 2011, Thompkins caught 44 passes for 536 yards (12.2 yards per reception) and two touchdowns. As a senior, he recorded 34 receptions for 541 yards (15.9) and two touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

The Patriots signed Thompkins, who was not drafted, on May 3, 2013. As required by the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deal was a three-year contract. Thompkins received a $2,500 signing bonus, and $2,500 of his 2013 salary was guaranteed.[2]

In his preseason debut, Thompkins registered 4 receptions for 23 yards with the first-team offense against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the third game of the season, Thompkins caught the first two touchdown passes of his career to help the Patriots win the game 23–3. In week 4, Thompkins had the best game of his young career, registering 6 receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown. In week 6's matchup against the undefeated New Orleans Saints, Thompkins caught the game-winning touchdown on a 2nd down play with 5 seconds remaining in the game.[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 58 in 193 lb 32 14 in 8 34 in 4.45 s 1.56 s 2.55 s 4.21 s 6.88 s 33.5 in 10 ft 1 in 8 reps
All values from 2013 NFL Combine[4]


He is the cousin to current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown[5] and also has a younger brother Kendal Thompkins who played college football at the University of Miami.


  1. ^ a b c d e Miller, Joshua A. "Everything To Prove: The Kenbrell Thompkins Story". Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Yates, Field (May 6, 2013) Closer look at rookie free-agent deals – New England Patriots Blog – ESPN Boston. Retrieved on October 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Patriots Kenbrell Thompkins stayed calm for winning touchdown
  4. ^ "Kenbrell Thompkins",, retrieved May 25, 2013 
  5. ^ "Patriots Kenbrell Thompkins prepares to take on his cousin, Steelers WR Antonio Brown". Retrieved October 31, 2013. 

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