Friday, September 6, 2013
Expectations for Dobson, Pats WRs
By Tom Carpenter
Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson had his ups and downs during the preseason, and it will be interesting to see exactly what role he will have in the youthful New England Patriots WR corps early during the regular season. It sounds like he should have his chances in Week 1, though they may be sporadic.
"Dobson figures to be used Sunday on a rotational basis on the outside with Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Julian Edelman," wrote Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. "One constant will be the quarterback, and it’s possible [Tom Brady]’s presence will heighten Dobson’s consistency now that the franchise will man the huddle for a full 60 minutes."
Dobson caught 11 passes for 150 yards in the preseason, but he also muffed some passes, including a pair in the end zone. Opportunity abounds for the aforementioned WRs. Danny Amendola will be Brady's top option, and Thompkins appears to be the No. 2 at this point, but when it comes to coach Bill Belichick, performing well on game day is all that matters. Dobson has big-play abilities and will be worth keeping a close eye on. The same can be said for the entire pass-catching crew:
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"Indications from the preseason are that the Patriots pass-catchers will hold up just fine, as Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Zach Sudfeld and others have looked very much in sync with Brady. But the regular season is a new test and all eyes will be on this group -- particularly the rookies making their NFL debuts. If the Patriots hope to repeat their offensive success from last season, there can be no easing period for the new wideouts in New England."