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Aaron Dobson has led the way with a solid training camp.
On the offensive side of the ball, there's no question where everyone is watching—the wide receiver position. With the departures of Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd, Tom Brady had to find a collection of new targets to throw the ball to.
Given the Patriots' struggles developing receivers for their system, it was no sure thing that any of the 11 pass catchers they brought to camp would click with Brady.
Amazingly, three rookie receivers have all flashed.
It was somewhat expected of Aaron Dobson, as discussed by Eric Frentz of Boston.com and to a lesser extent Josh Boyce, but no one expected undrafted Kenbrell Thompkins to be one lighting it up with Brady, including a 70-yard bomb in one practice, per Matt Pepin of Boston.com.
Thompkins has an amazing story, per Joshua A. Miller of The News Record, and has quickly become this year's undrafted rookie to watch.
Perhaps, the best part is that three rookies have missed just one practice between all of them, with Dobson sitting out once after getting cleated, per Nick Underhill of MassLive.com.
Brady will need plenty of time in the preseason games with these rookies, and there are sure to be growing pains, but things certainly look a lot brighter than they did with all the uncertainty of spring.