It would certainly appear so. Did you see the final preseason game for the Patriots? Aaron Dobson wanted to make a statement, a statement that he is back. I believe that statement was made. Targeted nine times in the 16-13 loss to the Giants, he finished the game with three receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown. Doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that he spent most of the offseason rehabbing from a stress fracture in his left foot that eventually required a permanent screw inserted, you can see why I am excited about his showing in the preseason finale.
Standing at 6’3” and weighing right around 200 lbs, he has the ability to play physically and possesses enough burst to get across the line of scrimmage quickly. Of course, his 33-inch arms don’t hurt any either. With several receivers on the roster, the Patriots certainly aren’t lacking depth, however, none of them have the size and speed that Dobson brings to the game.
Given his speed and play-making ability, Dobson is a virtual lock at the X position for wide receiver. An X receiver needs to have a quick first step to get off the line of scrimmage and away from the cornerback. He must also have the ability to get down the sideline, and the physicality to make a tough catch in a one-on-one situation. Take the above “requirements” of an X receiver, and you have Dobson. He fits the mold for this position and is going to be a huge compliment on offense. He doesn’t seem to have any issues putting weight down on his surgically repaired foot.
Dobson spent most of organized team activities and mandatory minicamp using an elliptical or riding a stationary bike, while also occasionally jogging back and forth across the field. The team had him on a limited basis even after he returned, so Thursday night’s matchup was a big test for him, and a test many would say he passed. It’s going to be fun watching Dobson on the field this season, and if his previous injury doesn’t become aggravated or give him any issues, he is going to be a star in the Patriots offense.