Tyquan Thornton responded to the ‘skinny wrists’ note on his scouting report

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“It was new to me.”

Tyquan Thornton at the Patriots OTA on May 31, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Red Sox lost to the Reds at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, 2-1. The two teams meet tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Tomorrow, the Celtics take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at 9 p.m.

And in international news, the Ukrainian men’s soccer team will face Scotland today at 2.45pm ET in Glasgow in a delayed World Cup qualifier. The match, originally scheduled to be played in March, was delayed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The winner will face Wales for a place in the 2022 World Cup. Should Ukraine qualify for the tournament, they would be drawn into the same group as England, Iran and the United States.

Tyquan Thornton’s thoughts on his development: After practice at Patriots activities on Tuesday, rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton spoke to reporters.

For Thornton, who was picked 50th overall in the second round by New England, the most notable thing about arriving in the NFL is his speed. Thornton ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.28 seconds.

Beyond that, there are questions regarding the 21-year-old. Specifically, scouts questioned its size.

In his annual pre-draft scouting overview of each of the top players, Dane Brugler of Athleticism noted that Thornton is “Rail slim with minimal bulk and the skinniest wrists on the project (6 1/8 inches)”.

“Small hands (8 1/4 inches) aren’t going to create much confidence when it comes to winning 50-50 balls in the NFL,” Brugler added.

So what does Thornton think of the criticism that her wrists are too skinny?

“Skinny wrists? I mean, why are you using your wrists? Thornton said when asked about the scouting report. “It was new to me.”

Thornton said he was focused on “getting stronger” and not just “getting bigger.”

“That’s my body type. That’s my frame,” Thornton explained. “I don’t see myself gaining 225 pounds. I’ve been skinny all my life. But just getting stronger in the weight room. Building more muscle so I can have that quick twitch.

As for the speed observed, its reputation seems to precede it. Are his teammates trying to run him now?

“A lot of guys asked to run, but not after that 4.2,” Thornton joked.

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