Tyquan Thornton
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Thornton with the New England Patriots
No. 11 – New England Patriots
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (2000-08-07) August 7, 2000 (age 23)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Booker T. Washington
(Miami, Florida)
College:Baylor (2018–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:35
Receiving yards:338
Receiving touchdowns:2
Rushing yards:67
Rushing touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Tyquan Thornton (born August 7, 2000) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor and was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early years

Thornton attended Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami, Florida.[1]

College career

Thornton originally committed to the University of Florida to play college football before flipping his commitment to Baylor University.[2]

Thornton attended Baylor from 2018 to 2022.[3][4] During his career he had 143 receptions for 2,242 yards and 19 touchdowns.

College statistics

Baylor Bears
Season GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2018 13 20 354 17.7 3 2 2 1.0 0
2019 14 45 782 17.4 5 0 0 0.0 0
2020 6 16 158 9.9 1 0 0 0.0 0
2021 14 62 948 15.3 10 1 -11 -11.0 0
Career 47 143 2,242 15.7 19 3 -9 -3.0 0

Professional career

Pre-draft

At the 2022 NFL Combine, Thornton ran an unofficial 4.21 in the 40-yard dash which would’ve been an NFL combine record, but it was ruled that he ran a 4.28, the third fastest in the 2022 combine.[5][6]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2+38 in
(1.89 m)
181 lb
(82 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
8+14 in
(0.21 m)
4.28 s 1.41 s 2.46 s 4.39 s 7.25 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
Sources:[7][8]

2022 season

Thornton was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round (50th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.[9]

On September 1, 2022, Thornton was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured clavicle in the preseason.[10] He was activated on October 8, 2022.[11] In Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns, Thornton scored his first receiving and rushing touchdowns, making him the first Patriots wide receiver since Deion Branch to score a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game.[12] Thornton finished his rookie season with 22 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 3 times for 16 yards and a touchdown. [13]

2023 season

On August 31, 2023, Thornton was placed on injured reserve.[14] He was activated on October 14.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Tyquan Thornton, Booker T. Washington , Wide Receiver". 247Sports. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  2. ^ Holland, EJ (December 17, 2017). "Four-star WR Tyquan Thornton flips commitment from Florida to Baylor". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  3. ^ "Baylor's Tyquan Thornton declares for NFL Draft". WacoTrib.com. January 5, 2022. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  4. ^ Werner, John (November 11, 2021). "Bears' Thornton thriving as top Big 12 receiver". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  5. ^ Eppers, Matt (March 3, 2022). "Baylor's Tyquan Thornton runs scorching 4.28-second 40-yard dash at NFL scouting combine". USA Today. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  6. ^ Owens, Jason (March 3, 2022). "NFL combine: Tyquan Thornton thought he broke 40-yard record before the NFL double checked". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  7. ^ "Tyquan Thornton Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "Tyquan Thornton, Baylor, WR, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  9. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd (April 29, 2022). "Patriots draft Baylor WR Tyquan Thornton after trading up to the 50th overall pick". Pats Pulpit. SB Nation. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  10. ^ Leger, Justin (September 1, 2022). "Patriots place WR Tyquan Thornton on IR, release DL Henry Anderson". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  11. ^ "Patriots' Tyquan Thornton: Off injured reserve". CBSSports.com. October 8, 2022. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Moody, Eric (October 19, 2022). "Daily Notes: Keenan Allen's return, McCaffrey rumors, Ravens sign DeSean Jackson". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  13. ^ "Tyquan Thornton 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  14. ^ "Patriots Place WR Tyquan Thornton on Injured Reserve". Patriots.com. August 31, 2023. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  15. ^ "Patriots Make a Series of Transactions". Patriots.com. October 14, 2023.