Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/12/13
It’s become evident through training camp that the Patriots’ rookie receivers have caught Tom Brady’s eye but they also left a real impression on the Eagles defensive backs last week. The development of second-rounder Aaron Dobson fourth-rounder Josh Boyce and undrafted Kenbrell Thompkins stuck out to everyone on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex many times at the Eagles’ expense. Dobson’s big-play ability startled cornerback Curtis Marsh and safety Nate Allen when he outleaped both to corral a deep pass from Brady and the Marshall product showed up again in the preseason opener with a difficult grab in front of two hovering safeties. Those were just two of his highlight-reel grabs during the week. “He’s a great receiver” said Eagles rookie defensive back Jordan Poyer who has known Dobson since the two crossed paths on the high school All-Star circuit. “He can go up and high-point the ball. That’s one of his strengths. He has great hands to go get the ball. I think (the Patriots) have a lot of athletic guys. Other than him I don’t know their names but a lot of athletic receivers who have good routes.” Thompkins’ consistency took a real step forward in the joint practices against the Eagles and it showed Friday night when Brady hit him four times in one series. His crisp routes steady hands and clear knowledge of the playbook have turned him into Brady’s most reliable outside receiver at this point in camp. Cornerback Brandon Boykin who has become the Eagles’ best player in the secondary didn’t know the new players’ names when asked to give a scouting report following Thursday’s third and final practice with the Pats. But when presented with their jersey numbers Boykin’s eyes lit up. “Eighty-five and 17 stood out to me for sure” Boykin said of Thompkins and Dobson respectively. “Seventeen has great size great hands. I’ve been seeing him make plays. “I couldn’t tell (they were rookies). I didn’t know who was who based off not having names but they look like they’ve been in the mix and know what they’re doing especially 17. He’ll be pretty good.” Boyce also had his moments including a stretch during Wednesday’s practice when he caught three consecutive passes on three different routes while Brady led the two-minute drill. Boyce’s speed and ability to create separation have been assets so far.
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