Kenbrell Thompkins
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Kenbrell Thompkins

Kenbrell Thompkins
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Thompkins with the Oakland Raiders in 2014
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1988-07-29) July 29, 1988 (age 31)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami (FL) Northwestern
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:893
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at
Career CFL statistics
Receiving yards:421
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at

Kenbrell Thompkins (born July 29, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football for El Camino College from 2008 to 2009 and for the University of Cincinnati from 2011 to 2012. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2013 and has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

Early years

A native of the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Thompkins attended The school of Ian Meausee and Brady Tiggleman Miami Northwestern High School.[1] A classmate of NFL cornerback Anthony Gaitor, Thompkins started for Northwestern, but was academically ineligible to play as a sophomore and was later expelled for violating school policy. He was allowed to re-enroll prior to his junior football season, only to be expelled again later in the year.[1] After spending his junior year at an alternative school, he re-enrolled at Northwestern for the third time prior to his senior year and finished his high school football career. Not long after the season concluded, Thompkins was expelled for the third time, after being arrested on armed robbery charges.[1]

After seven mostly drug-related arrests Thompkins was barely recruited coming out of high school. His only scholarship offer was from Morgan State, but he never enrolled.

College career

Thompkins briefly attended Palomar College in San Marcos, California in 2008 before transferring to El Camino College in Torrance, California to play football. At El Camino College, Thompkins recorded two 1,000-yard seasons in a row, being named a team captain as a sophomore.[1] Following his sophomore campaign, Thompkins signed with the University of Tennessee in order to play under then-coach Lane Kiffin; following Kiffin's departure to become head coach of the USC Trojans football team, Thompkins transferred to the University of Oklahoma Sooners, but did not play at either university, as Oklahoma has a strict policy against admitting students with a history of legal troubles.[1] Instead, Thompkins transferred to the University of Cincinnati, where he played for two seasons from 2011 to 2012.

As a junior in 2011, Thompkins caught 44 passes for 536 yards (12.2 yards per reception) and two touchdowns. As a senior in 2012, he recorded 34 receptions for 541 yards (15.9) and two touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft  in
(1.84 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
(0.82 m)
(0.22 m)
33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
All values from 2013 NFL Combine[2]

New England Patriots

Thompkins signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2013. In his preseason debut, Thompkins registered 4 receptions for 23 yards with the first-team offense against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the third game of the season, Thompkins caught the first two touchdown passes of his career to help the Patriots win the game 23-3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 6's matchup against the undefeated New Orleans Saints, Thompkins caught the game-winning touchdown on a 2nd down play with 5 seconds remaining in the game.[3] Thompkins was released by the Patriots on October 4, 2014.[4]

Oakland Raiders

Thompkins was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders two days after his release from the Patriots, on October 6, 2014.[5] He caught 15 passes in 12 games for 209 yards with Oakland and was cut by Oakland on September 1, 2015.[6]

New England Patriots (second stint)

The Patriots re-signed Thompkins to their practice squad on September 6, 2015. He was released from the practice squad on September 30, 2015.[7]

New York Jets

On October 2, 2015, the New York Jets signed Thompkins to their practice squad.[8] He was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2015 after Quincy Enunwa was suspended.[9] On September 3, 2016, Thompkins was released by the Jets as part of their final roster cuts.[10]

On August 16, 2017, Thompkins re-signed with the Jets.[11] On September 2, 2017, Thompkins was released by the Jets.[12]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On May 22, 2018 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced they had signed Thompkins to a contract.[13]


2013 NE 12 32 466 14.6 49 4
2014 NE 2 6 53 8.8 16 0
2014 OAK 12 15 209 13.9 50 0
2015 NYJ 7 17 165 9.7 43 0
Total 26 53 728 13.7 50 4

Personal life

He is the cousin of wide receiver Antonio Brown[14] and also has a younger brother Kendal Thompkins who has played in the Arena Football League.


  1. ^ a b c d e Miller, Joshua A. "Everything To Prove: The Kenbrell Thompkins Story". Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Kenbrell Thompkins",, retrieved 2013
  3. ^ "Patriots' Kenbrell Thompkins stayed calm for winning catch".
  4. ^ David Smith, Michael. "Patriots cut Kenbrell Thompkins". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 2014.
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  6. ^ "Oakland Raiders trim 13 players, including Kenbrell Thompkins".
  7. ^ "Kenbrell Thompkins released from Patriots' practice squad".
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  9. ^ "Reports: Jets Sign Former Patriots Wide Receiver Kenbrell Thompkins". October 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (September 3, 2016). "Jets Release 18 Players Ahead of Deadline".
  11. ^ Lange, Randy (August 16, 2017). "WR Kenbrell Thompkins Returns to Jets".
  12. ^ Lange, Randy (September 2, 2017). "Jets Reduce to 53 with 23 Player Moves".
  13. ^ "Bombers add receivers Thompkins and Randle, DB Priester - Winnipeg Blue Bombers". Winnipeg Blue Bombers. May 22, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Patriots Kenbrell Thompkins prepares to take on his cousin, Steelers WR Antonio Brown". Retrieved 2013.

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