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Aaron Dobson | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
College: Marshall
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Patriots WR Aaron Dobson said he is fully healthy after a foot injury derailed his 2014 season.
"I’m healthy. I feel good," Dobson said. "I feel good out here now. I’m getting more comfortable with the playbook, so I’m just trying to play fast." Dobson missed out on most of the offseason program and saw action in just four games last season. Now healthy, Dobson has an opportunity to carve out a role behind starters Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman. Jun 20 - 12:22 PM

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The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe observes that Aaron Dobson has been "taking advantage of his opportunities" and making plays at OTAs.

After missing most of last year's offseason program and then landing on I.R. in December, Dobson has become sort of a forgotten man in New England. However, the Patriots didn't sign or draft a notable receiver, leaving the depth chart wide open behind Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman. At 6-foot-3, 210 with 4.37 speed, 23-year-old Dobson is a player to watch this summer.
Jun 5 - 10:00 AM

ESPN Boston believes Aaron Dobson could be "one of the biggest winners" from the Patriots' draft weekend.

The Patriots drafted 11 players, zero of whom play receiver. When Dobson wasn't injured last season, he was in the doghouse. New England's No. 4 receiver job is there for the taking for Dobson, but he'll need a strong camp and preseason.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 3 - 3:34 PM

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is participating in a rigorous offseason training program in Arizona.

Dobson showed potential as a rookie in 2013, hauling in 519 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries made him a non-factor last season (five targets in four games). A former second-round pick, Dobson is still only 23 years old, but is likely entering a make-or-break offseason with New England.
Feb 27 - 11:53 AM

Patriots placed WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Dobson hasn't been able to get out of his own way since the Patriots drafted him 59th overall in 2013. He's lost depth chart battles, broke his foot, and now his 2014 season is over after 57 snaps and three catches. We're not entirely giving up on Dobson as a playmaking outside receiver for Tom Brady, as he's 23 years old and flashed in a big way in the middle part of last season. He just needs to sustain health and become more reliable with his assignments.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson was forced from New England's Week 13 game against the Packers

Active for the first time since Week 6, Dobson pulled up lame on his first and only target (an incompletion). He played four total snaps. Perhaps he'll be sent to injured reserve.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch for Week 7 against the Jets.

Brian Tyms is active. Dobson is as deep in coach Bill Belichick's doghouse as a player can get. Also inactive for the Patriots are RB James White, S Nate Ebner, C Bryan Stork, OG Dan Connolly, CB Malcolm Butler and OT Cameron Fleming.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 07:01:00 PM

Aaron Dobson managed one catch for 16 yards in Week 5 against the Bengals.

Dobson was active for the first time in two weeks. He played in three-wide sets when Danny Amendola exited with an injury in the first half, but his only catch didn't come until late in the fourth quarter. Dobson isn't a lock to be active next week with Brian Tyms expected to return.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 01:31:00 AM

Aaron Dobson is active for Week 5 against the Bengals.

The Patriots waived Kenbrell Thompkins on Saturday. It's Dobson's first time being active since Week 2. His role is up in the air, but Dobson figures to see time at X-receiver with Brandon LaFell.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Coach Bill Belichick strongly denied a report that Aaron Dobson "mouthed off" to OC Josh McDaniels, leading to Dobson being inactive the past two weeks.

"In my year and a half with Aaron Dobson, he has always been respectful to me and to the rest of the coaching staff," Belichick said. "He has never once been argumentative or confrontational. The suggestion and reporting that his playing time was in any way the result of a ‘loud disagreement’ with a coach is completely false." Belichick says Dobson has been a healthy scratch because of "football" reasons. The Patriots desperately need his field-stretching ability on the outside. But it remains to be seen if he'll play Sunday against the Bengals.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 12:48:00 PM

Coach Bill Belichick says Aaron Dobson has been a healthy inactive the past two weeks because of "football" reasons.

This situation has become weird. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Dobson "mouthed off" to OC Josh McDaniels, and that was the reason he's been scratched the past two games. Asked if there was a confrontation, Belichick responded, "No, and I'll have a comment on that later." Expect another update on Dobson at some point this weekend. He's merely a stash in 12-team leagues.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 09:27:00 AM

A source told the Boston Globe that Aaron Dobson was deactivated in Weeks 3 and 4 because he "mouthed off" to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

"Mouthing off" to Belichick wannabe McDaniels apparently costs you two full games, despite the Patriots' glaring needs at perimeter wide receiver. 23 years old, big, and fast, Dobson would give New England an offensive element it sorely lacks, but it sounds like McDaniels is putting his ego before the team. Dobson's status going forward is unclear. He's just a WR5 stash in 12-team leagues.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 08:46:00 PM

Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are both healthy inactives for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

That's back-to-back weeks for Dobson being a scratch. The Patriots will roll with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell as their top three receivers. Also inactive for Week 4 are OL Josh Kline, OL Jordan Devey, DL Zach Moore, DL Casey Walker, and CB Alfonzo Dennard.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Bill Belichick declined to specifically reveal why Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch in Week 3.

The blatantly ineffective duo of Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell both dressed against the Raiders. Belichick can claim gameplan and special teams considerations all he wants, but it's clear that Dobson isn't progressing as the team would like this season. There's no way to know if he'll be active against the Chiefs on Monday night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Raiders.

It's one of Bill Belichick's surprises as Dobson was thought to be ascending toward the every-down "X" role. Instead, ineffective Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are active. Dobson is now a drop candidate in 10- and 12-team leagues. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman (back), Shane Vereen (shoulder), and Rob Gronkowski (knee) are active for the Patriots, as expected. James White is a healthy scratch.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 11:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Matt Flynn
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brandon Gibson
4Brian Tyms
5Jonathan Krause
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4AJ Derby
5Jake Bequette
K1Stephen Gostkowski