"Aaron Dobson stepped up," Brady said as he evaluated his team's performance following their 40-32 beatdown of their division rival Buffalo Bills.
The 2013 2nd round draft pick out of Marshall turned in arguably the best game of his career. Dobson hauled in 7 receptions on 8 targets for 87 yards. The seven receptions tied a career high (Tampa, Sept. 22, 2013), while his 87 reception yards were the second most of his short career (130 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov 3, 2013).
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound deep threat has had a difficult start to his NFL career. After putting together a solid rookie campaign where he played in 12 games (9 starts), with 37 receptions for 519 yards and 4 TDs, he had offseason surgery on his foot that limited him in 2014. Dobson finished the season with 3 receptions for 38 yards before being put on the injured reserve in early December. At that time, newly acquired receiver Brandon LaFell stepped up and cemented himself as the #1 outside receiver on the depth chart. However, after LaFell started the year on the Physically Unable To Perform list (PUP), Dobson has re-emerged and revitalized his career.
But will he ever turn into that #1 receiver in an offense?
In the NFL, we often see this same story. A talented player breaks into the league after being a high draft pick and can just never consistently play at a high level. Aaron Dobson has all of the raw tools to become a great receiver. He has great size, strength and speed.
Moreover, the Patriots have to see something in Dobson. Bill Belichik and company haven't taken a receiver as high as Dobson in the draft since 2006, when they drafted Chad Jackson #36 overall. The Patriots have stuck with Dobson through inconsistent and injury-plagued seasons, which leads one to believe that they are in this for the long haul.
With the full support of the organization, the opportunities are endless for this talented wide receiver.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS