December 4, 2023


Thornton was obtainable to play within the second half, Belichick mentioned. However he was not on the sector.

Tyquan Thornton. AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper
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Tyquan Thornton performed 12 snaps within the Patriots’ loss to the Commanders on Sunday.

That was lower than Demario Douglas, Jalen Reagor, and JuJu Smith-Schuster performed. And it was on a day when Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, and Kayshon Boutte have been all out.

On Monday, a reporter requested Belichick if Thornton was obtainable to play throughout the second half.

“Yeah.” Belichick mentioned. “Sure.”

However, Thornton was not on the sector throughout the second half.

Thornton started the season on injured reserve with a shoulder harm and has missed six of the group’s first 9 video games.

When requested if his lack of enjoying time on Sunday was injury-related, Thorton mentioned: “I don’t know, you must ask the coaches.”

Thornton completed the sport with one catch for seven yards on 4 targets. The second-year receiver has three catches for 15 yards in three video games this season.

Thornton mentioned he noticed room for enchancment in his sport, notably on his third down route working.

“There’s undoubtedly rather a lot that I may have finished otherwise,” Thornton mentioned. “I may have run higher routes. I may have created extra separation. Yeah, I’ll take full accountability.”

The Patriots drafted Thornton within the second spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft. In two seasons, he’s had a pair of stints on injured reserve. He has 25 catches within the 16 video games he’s performed with the Patriots.

At 23 years outdated, Thorton remains to be a younger growing participant. He’s confronted some adversity to this point in his profession, however is wanting ahead to his subsequent alternative.

“It’s all about your religion, you realize?” Thornton mentioned. “Simply coming in every day and staying true to the method. Don’t get discouraged in any respect, simply proceed to work.”