Kenbrell Thompkins Looking to Mesh With Derek Carr


Oct 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) breaks up a pass intended for the Oakland Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

After catching passes from Tom Brady as a rookie, former New England Patriots wideout Kenbrell Thompkins found himself on the outs with the Pats in just his second season despite a promising rookie year. That led Thompkins to the Raiders where after working with one of the greatest quarterbacks of the era, the former Patriot is now working with a rookie who wants to reach the levels Brady has reached in the NFL.

So far the relationship between Thompkins and Carr is gradually growing, with a one hand catch being the first highlight of the new Raiders offensive weapon to dazzle the fans. According to an interview with Scott Bair of CSN Bay Areathat relationship is being worked on day in and day out as Thompkins knows the key to success as a receiver is to develop a good relationship with your quarterback.

“We spend a lot of time in practice, even after practice we’ll get a couple of throws in, just trying to get a feel for each other and trying to get on the same page,” Thompkins said to Bair. “I think we’re doing a good job with that. We’re just trying to string together good days and put it all together on Sunday.”

“It does a lot of good things when you have trust in one another,” Thompkins said. “The quarterback needs to know he can count on you to be where you need to be and you need to know you can trust the quarterback to put the ball where it needs to be. Trust and accountability is such a big thing.”

Getting four catches on Sunday against the Browns, you can sense the relationship between the two is developing and could be on the cusp of a potential key combination in the Raiders improving on offense when it comes to scoring points. Against the Seattle Seahawks secondary there is a good chance Thompkins will need to find new ways to get open, but with a developing relationship with his new quarterback the former New England pass catcher will have his hopes set on a breakout game against the Super Bowl champs.