For those of you who don't recall - Kenbrell Thompkins was THE hero of the game against the Saints in 2013. He was ulimately let go to join the Raiders for a brief stint, but he's now back on the New England Patriots practice squad.
I only found this out by scouring the Patriots website and looking at their signings, but there are also a few posts about this signing on Reddit with some hilarious comments, which can be found here:
Now, I realize that this isn't game-breaking news, but it does make me happy to see Thompkins back in a Pats uniform. I always preferred him over Aaron Dobson, who was a fantastic route runner, but he had terrible hands and could not catch the ball. What Thompkins lacked in route-running ability - he made up for with his superb ability to catch the ball in various situations and come down with the catch. And isn't that what you're really looking for in a receiver anyway?
I also have very fond memories of that Saints game - here's my quick story: I was living in LA at the time, and even though I'm a Patriots and Red Sox fan, I am also a die hard Anaheim Ducks fan (I was born in the mid-80's and raised on those movies, and when the Whalers left I chose the Ducks - so sue me!). I had traveled the hour down to watch the Anaheim Ducks play - but across from the honda center there is a great sports bar. The Patriots game against the Saints was timed perfectly so that when the Pats game ended I could just walk across the street to the Ducks game after. The Pats vs Saints game had it's huge ups and downs - but ultimately ended with that clutch catch by Kenbrell Thompkins. I then walked across the street to see my Ducks win 6-2 against the Senators, and finally after that game I went to get dinner, and as I sat down I see the Red Sox on tv - down 5-1 with the bases loaded and Big Papi up at bat. I said to my friends, "all we need is a grand slam and we're back in this thing." And what does Big Papi do?! He hits the grand slam, ties the game, and the Red Sox ultimately win that one and the series - with the World Series not far behind!
That was one of the best days in recent Boston sports history - and easily the best day in my own personal sports history - and a big part of that came from Kenbrell Thompkins.
All of that is to say that I'm glad to see him back - and hope to see him out on the field catching more game-winning TDs soon!
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