Jul 24, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (86) signs autographs following training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots camp notes: Thompkins shines, Garoppolo struggles

New England Patriots second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins continued to impress on Day 2 of camp Friday, while rookie signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo struggled.

With Aaron Dobson sidelined because of a foot ailment, Thompkins has assumed his repetitions in practice and he hasn’t disappointed at all.

Thompkins is exhibiting great knowledge of the offensive plays. He’s been running precise routes and the timing has been their with Tom Brady. Brady seems to be looking his way frequently and perhaps that’s due to an increased sense of trust.

New England’s offensive unit was approaching the red zone at one point during Friday’s practice. Brady rifled a ball toward Thomkins for a touchdown in which he dove and hauled in. The score marked Thompkins’ second already this camp.

Brady and Thompkins have also been working together privately during practice. He already projects to be a major contributor in the offense if he continues to develop as the summer progresses.

But in regards to Garoppolo, thing’s didn’t go as smoothly. He completed just 6-of-15 pass attempts. He also tossed a pair of picks during team drills. One of his picks was thrown directly at a defender with not a single receiver in sight.

Garoppolo’s biggest issue thus far, based on early observation, is his ability to progress through reads. He’s not doing it quick enough. Therefore Garoppolo is holding onto the football for far to long.

Fortunately for the Patriots and Garoppolo, it’s just practice. He certainly has a great deal of work to do before being ready for real NFL action.

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