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Aaron Dobson | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
College: Marshall
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Patriots placed WR Aaron Dobson (foot) on the active/PUP list.
Joining him there will be CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Tommy Kelly and WR Matt Slater. Dobson had been optimistic he'd be good to go for the start of camp, but isn't ready after sitting out the entire offseason program. This being the Pats, there's little hard info on Dobson's recovery, but we doubt his stay on the PUP list will be a long one. Dobson can be activated at any time. Jul 21 - 5:15 PM

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Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) confirms he's "optimistic" he'll be ready for training camp.

Dobson sat out the Patriots' entire offseason program, but is finally progressing. "It’s doing better, man," Dobson said Tuesday. "It’s getting better every day. Every week it’s getting better, so we’re just going to see where it’s at by the time camp starts." This being the Patriots, the only real updates we're going to get on Dobson is whether or not he's practicing, but his foot doesn't appear to be a long-term question mark.
Jul 9 - 9:53 AM

MassLive.com reports "there is now optimism" second-year Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for training camp.

Dobson has recovered slower than expected since going under the knife in March, but appears to have turned the corner. The odds-on favorite to suit up as Tom Brady's "X" receiver this season, Dobson will be a strong breakout candidate as long as his health holds up.
Jul 8 - 6:09 PM

The Boston Globe's Chad Finn said Patriots WR Aaron Dobson could emerge as a "downfield threat" if healthy.

The "if healthy" part is the only thing holding Dobson back. His recovery from March foot surgery progressed slower than anticipated, keeping him from building much needed chemistry with Tom Brady during spring practices. Dobson should be ready for training camp, though, and is a great bet to be an every-down player as New England's "X" receiver.
Jul 5 - 10:20 AM

Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) remains on track for training camp despite sitting out all of OTAs and minicamp.

Dobson has not suffered a setback since undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture on March 10. The Patriots merely decided to hold him out and let him gain more strength in the foot to guard against re-injury. Dobson remains one of our favorite breakout candidates as the heavy favorite to play every down as Tom Brady's "X" this season. The talented sophomore brings a 6-foot-3 frame that Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola lack.
Jun 19 - 9:21 AM

Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) is not participating in the Patriots' June minicamp.

Dobson is over three months removed from March foot surgery. He's said to be "doing better," but his recovery has progressed slowly after originally receiving a 2-3 month timetable. Dobson finished his up-and-down rookie year with 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns. He's an intriguing sophomore-leap candidate, but the recurring foot injury presents a significant obstacle.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 16 - 1:24 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss says this is Aaron Dobson's "year to emerge."

We agree. The Patriots forced 151 targets to Julian Edelman last year out of desperation -- it's not something they want to make a habit of. Dobson is ticketed for an every-down role at the "X" spot, and at 6-foot-3 with sticky hands and 4.4 wheels he has the skill set to make a big impact as an NFL sophomore. The Patriots need him to be that outside threat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 4 - 10:57 AM

Former NFL Personnel man Gil Brandt says Aaron Dobson has "some special stuff about him."

Brandt notes that Dobson "has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands." We started to see some of that shine through in the middle of last season as he averaged 4.5 catches for 71.7 yards with three touchdowns between Weeks 6 and 9. Then a stress fracture in Dobson's left foot crippled him and led to March surgery. If healthy, he'll be a breakout candidate as a projected starter at the "X" spot.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 8:47 AM

Aaron Dobson underwent surgery on Monday, March 10 to repair the stress fracture in his left foot.

Per beat writer Jeff Howe, Dobson's recovery timetable has been set at "2-3 months." Dobson battled the injury on and off throughout his rookie year, and it affected both his playing time and on-field effectiveness. Dobson is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver with sub-4.4 speed. He has breakout potential in 2014.
Mar 10 - 11:14 PM

The stress fracture in Aaron Dobson's left foot has still not healed.

So far, Dobson has just been prescribed with rest since the season ended. But if he doesn't show good progress in the next 10-14 days, a "procedure" is a possibility. He's now in doubt for OTAs, a concern for a second-year player that struggled to get on the same page with Tom Brady for much of last season. The Patriots desperately need the 6'3/200 Dobson to step up as a reliable weapon on the outside. He has plenty of playmaking ability and will be a major 2014 breakout candidate if he can get his foot right.
Mar 3 - 9:12 AM

ESPN Boston calls Aaron Dobson's development a "critical part of the Patriots' passing game going forward."

Dobson finished his rookie year with a 37/519/4 line, but we suspect he would have had a far greater impact if not for two foot injuries. At 6'3/200, he flashed unique catch-point skills and playmaking ability as he gradually passed Kenbrell Thompkins on the depth chart. Dobson, just 22 years old, remains a must-hold in Dynasty formats. The Patriots are going to do everything they can to mold his talent into that of an every-down difference maker.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 27 - 9:55 AM

Aaron Dobson was held to two catches for 33 yards in the Patriots' AFC title game loss to Denver.

Battling foot woes, Dobson didn't play many snaps but contributed a 27-yard catch in the second quarter. Dobson's other reception went for six on a quick slant midway through the third. A promising 2013 second-round pick, Dobson will be a candidate for a year-two leap after struggling to learn OC Josh McDaniels' playbook early in his rookie season. He drew some Larry Fitzgerald comparisons coming out of Marshall, and flashed plus ability when healthy in 2013.
Jan 19 - 6:21 PM

After observing Sunday's pre-game warmups, Nick Underhill of Mass Live Sports came away believing Aaron Dobson (foot) "still has a slight limp."

Dobson is active after being listed as questionable on the injury report, but whether he'll play at anywhere near 100 percent remains to be seen. Underhill did acknowledge that Dobson's apparent limp "could be my imagination." Earlier, Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet New England tweeted that Dobson was "moving well." If the Patriots are forced to turn to a three-receiver set that doesn't involve Dobson at any point, it would likely be comprised of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Austin Collie.
Jan 19 - 2:55 PM

Aaron Dobson (foot) is active for Sunday's AFC Championship game versus the Broncos.

Dobson is back in the lineup for the first time since aggravating his foot injury in Week 17. With Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion) out, Dobson should see plenty of snaps at X receiver.
Jan 19 - 1:46 PM

Aaron Dobson (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 20.

Dobson returned to practice this week and feels good about his chances of playing in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Denver. Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion) is also listed as questionable, but his status is clear as mud. Dobson will be thrown right back into the fire at X receiver. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will hold down slot and Z duties.
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
4Josh Boyce
5Matt Slater
6Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Derrick Johnson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski