Patriots rookie WR Tyquan Thornton starting to spread his wings

FOXBORO — Rookie wide receiver Tyquan Thornton continues to progress in Patriots training camp, most notably with his daily dazzling catches.

On Tuesday, during a 1-on-1 drill against the cornerbacks, Thornton tracked a pass from Mac Jones down the right sideline over Jalen Mills’ tight coverage. The speedster made a terrific, over-the-shoulder adjustment at the last moment to pull in the deep ball.

While it’s been an up-and-down ride for Thornton during team periods, the Patriots’ second-round pick shows serious promise. He’s impressed Jones, as well as his fellow receivers.

“I think Ty’s a hard worker,” said Jones. “He’s starting to really grasp some of the things we’re doing, and getting open. He clearly has the speed to get open.”

And that lightning speed — 4.28 in the 40 — has regularly been on display, especially during 1-on-1s against the corners. But it’s not just his speed that makes Thornton a potential contributor. He’s shown great concentration coming away with several contested deep balls.

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