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85 Kenbrell Thompkins WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 7/29/1988 | Birthplace: Miami, FL, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Cincinnati | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 6/0 | Average Draft Position: 159.12
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Kenbrell Thompkins comes out of nowhere


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2014) After making only modest contributions since coming over from the Patriots in Week 6, Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins suddenly emerged as quarterback Derek Carr's favorite target Week 16 against Buffalo, catching five passes for 90 yards. He hadn't caught even one pass since Week 13, and his previous high in yardage was 47.

Of course, you should know how this goes by now. Fellow wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes have both had their stretches of Fantasy relevance this season, as has tight end Mychal Rivera. The Raiders have a multitude of viable receiving targets, but their roles aren't so clear, which makes the task of picking the most impactful from week to week next to impossible.

In other words, you'd need to play in an especially deep league to take a flier on Thompkins for the season's final week.


Kenbrell Thompkins leads Raiders receivers in Week 16 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins led his team with five receptions and 90 yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.

Thompkins' highlights have ben few and far between this season, but he was able to haul in a 50-yard reception on third-and-13 late in the first quarter to set his team up with first-and-goal. The Raiders would score their first touchdown of the game two plays later. Thompkins came into the game just just 170 yards on 15 receptions.

Receiver Andre Holmes also came through with a big play in the win, hauling in a 51-yard pass late in the fourth quarter on another third-and-long play. The Raiders scored a key touchdown four plays later. Holmes finished with 73 yards on three receptions.

Two Raiders managed to catch touchdowns in the victory, and for both players, it was their only catch of the game. Wide receiver James Jones hauled in a wide-open three-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, while fullback Jamize Olawale scored the decisive one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders have a trip to Denver to face the Broncos on tap in Week 17.


Raiders' passing game yields little Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Raiders threw for 183 yards with three interceptions in their 52-0 loss at St. Louis, so there wasn't a lot of production to go around. Wideout Andre Holmes caught three of six targets for 28 yards, and wideout Kenbrell Thompkins hauled in two of five targets for 28 yards.

Receiver Brice Butler secured both his targets for 27 yards. Tight end Mychal Rivera caught three of eight targets for 21 yards, and wideout Vincent Brown had a 10-yard grab.

They'll all play the 49ers in Week 14.


Raiders' Kenbrell Thompkins paces quiet receiving attack Week 11


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins caught two of his three targets for a team-high 47 yards in his team's 13-6 loss to the Chargers in Week 11.

Thompkins was responsible for one of the Raiders' few quality plays on offense, making a tough catch over the middle on a play from midfield and ripping off about 15 yards after the catch on a 35-yard play. The Raiders were unable to get into the end zone on the fourth-quarter drive though and settled for their second field goal of the day.

Tight end Mychal Rivera shared the team lead in receptions with running back Latavius Murray, with the tight end catching three of his five targets for 40 yards. James Jones added 35 yards while catching two of his five targets, while Andre Homes caught just two of his six targets for 19 yards. Backup receiver Brice Butler managed to catch one of his three targets for 15 yards.

The Raiders' passing attack will look for a big step up Thursday against the Chiefs.


Raiders receivers do little Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Raiders backup receivers did little Week 9 against the Seahawks.

Andre Holmes hauled in two passes for 28 yards during the contest. He finished third on the team in receiving. Brice Butler also had two receptions, gaining 20 yards. James Jones grabbed three passes, but gained just 18 yards. Running back Latavius Murray caught two balls for 12 yards. Kenbrell Thompkins caught one pass, gaining 8 yards.

They'll look for more Week 10 against the Broncos. 


Raiders to have their probables Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Raiders should have all their probable players Week 9 against the Seahawks.

Jamize Olawale, Marcel Reece, Kenbrell Thompkins and Justin Tuck are all active for the contest. Tuck is dealing with a knee injury. Olawale has a shoulder issue. Reece is battling a quad injury. Thompkins was listed on the injury report as "not injury related."


Raiders rule four players out for Week 9


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Raiders have listed 10 players on it final injury report and have ruled four of them out for Sunday's clash against the Seahawks. David Ausberry (foot), Vincent Brown (hamstring), Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and Keith McGill were ruled out for Week 9. Carlos Rogers (knee) is the only player deemed doubtful, while the other five were ruled probable.

T.J. Carrie (back), Jamize Olawale (shoulder), Marcel Reece (quad), Kenbrell Thompkins (rest) and Justin Tuck (knee) were all labeled probable.

Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins out due to personal issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins missed Thursday practice with personal issues that Tony Sparano announced could keep him sidelined Sunday in Seattle.

Thompkins has just 10 catches for 87 yards and no touchdowns this season.


Several Raiders pitch in to offensive effort in Week 8


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Several Raiders receivers made a minor mark for their team in a Week 8 loss to the Browns. Included were wideout Kenbrell Thompkins, who caught four passes for 34 yards and added a 7-yard run, and fullback Marcel Reece, who snaagged five for 34 yards.

Also chipping in were running back Maurice Jones-Drew with six carries for eight yards and one catch for six yards, wide receiver Denarius Moore with one catch for five yards and wideout Brice Butler with one reception for nine yards.


Raiders new WR Kenbrell Thompkins impresses Derek Carr


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) New wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has quickly made a positive impression with the Raiders after he was claimed on waivers Monday.

Thompkins, who was let go early in his second season by New England with six catches in two games and was otherwise inactive, joined Oakland for Wednesday practice. Quarterback Derek Carr came away impressed.

"The first time he saw me, he wanted to sit down and he wanted me to go over signals, routes, he wanted me to do all of these things," Carr told ESPN. "Hey, nice to meet you. I'm going to go now. It wasn't like that. He wants to learn, and he wants to be out there. ... It means something to him, to be good at this game, and you can already tell."

The Raiders could certainly use production from Thompkins. Only James Jones, who has 21 catches, has proven productive for them this season at the wideout position.


Report: Raiders claim Kenbrell Thompkins off waiver


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Raiders have claimed wideout Kenbrell Thompkins off waivers on Monday, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Thompkins was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, just a day before New England's Week 5 win over the Bengals.

The Raiders are in need of depth at wide receiver after placing Rod Streater on the injured reserve with a foot injury. Thompkins caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns last season. He was only active in twice this season for the Patriots, hauling in six passes for 53 yards.


Report: Patriots waive Kenbrell Thompkins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) The Patriots have waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, NESN reports.

Thompkins caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns last season but found himself active just twice in the team's first four games, catching only six passes for 53 yards.


Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins highlight inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Patriots receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are healthy scratches for Monday's game in Kansas City. Also inactive for New England are cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive end Zach Moore, defensive lineman Casey Walker, guard Josh Kline and offensive tackle Jordan Devey.

Kenbrell Thompkins, Danny Amendola hardly factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Patriots wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Danny Amendola each got just one target Week 3 against Oakland, and the only one to do anything with his was Thompkins, who caught a 16-yard pass.

Thompkins had five catches in Week 1, and Amendola had three. The two have combined for just one since then. 


Kenbrell Thompkins scratch an eye-opener from Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The biggest surprise on the inactive list for the Patriots on Sunday is wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, particularly considering he is healthy. He night have been pushed off the live roster by the return of Aaron Dobson, who missed the season opener.

Thompkins caught five passes for 37 yards in Week 1.


Patriots set inactives for Week 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Patriots have released their inactives for the Sunday game in Minnesota. It includes wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, defensive ends Michael Buchanan and Zach Moore, running back James White, linebacker Jamie Collins and center Ryan Wendell.

Kenbrell Thompkins can't make chances count


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins had plenty of balls thrown his way in Week 1, but failed to make much of an impact in a 33-20 loss Sunday.

Thompkins finished second on the team with 10 targets, but hauled in just half of those passes. He racked up 37 yards on his five catches, with a long reception of 14 yards.

Thompkins caught just 32 of 70 passes thrown his way as a rookie, so this is continuing that trend. He will look for more success when the Patriots take on the Vikings in Week 2. 


Kenbrell Thompkins a virtual roster lock


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has all but locked up a roster spot, reports the Boston Globe. Thompkins caught three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown Friday against the Eagles.

Kenbrell Thompkins finds paydirt vs. Eagles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins found the end zone during Friday's preseason game at home against Philadelphia.

Thompkins caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady during the second drive of the night. He played into the second quarter and finished with three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted four time.


Belichick impressed with Kenbrell Thompkins


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes what he sees from second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.

"Hard working kid; one of our hardest workers," Belichick told the media Friday. "He really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable and he's very hard working."

Thompkins had a solid first day of training camp Thursday when he "caught nearly everything thrown his way." He has the chance to be a starter this year with Aaron Dobson (foot) out for the start of camp.


Kenbrell Thompkins off to another fast start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is off to a fast start for the second straight training camp, reports the Boston Globe. The second-year pro "caught nearly everything thrown his way" Thursday, the paper said, highlighted by "a pair of beautiful touchdown receptions where he had to climb the ladder to make an overhead catch in the back corner of the end zone on a fade route."

Thompkins burst onto the scene as an undrafted free agent last year, then failed to live up to the expectations he generated. He finished with 32 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.

According to the paper, Thompkins is battling second-year wideout Josh Boyce, rookie Jeremy Gallon and several undrafted rookies for one or two roster spots.


Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins likely vying for one spot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Patriots second-year receivers Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins are on the roster bubble heading into training camp, with only one spot available, reports the team's website. Thompkins put up far better numbers as a rookie -- 32 catches, 466 yards, 4 TDs -- but he has inconsistent hands and Boyce is more explosive.

Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins could battle for starting spot


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) When Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) is healthy he is expected to start this season, but he could face competition in training camp from Kenbrell Thompkins, reports ESPN.

The report says that with Dobson out, Thompkins would start in his place.

"He's built some nice momentum in spring camps, and Dobson now has to try to do the same in training camp," the report says. "Among the many competitions on the roster, that should be a fun one to watch. Dobson was drafted in the second round last year for a reason; they are expecting big things from him."


Patriots have decisions to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Patriots have to make some decisions at receiver this offseason, reports the Boston Herald

The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.

Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.

The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin or Hakeem Nicks. Or if Edelman returns, the Patriots could still add someone like Brandon LaFell, Nate Burleson, Riley Cooper or Kenny Britt.


Report: Kenbrell Thompkins on roster bubble


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Patriots second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins "was less than stellar in an injury-riddled season" and will have to fight for a 2014 roster spot, reports the Boston Globe. The undrafted rookie caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns while dropping five passes and fell behind fellow rookie Aaron Dobson.