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Bill Belichick likes Aaron Dobson’s basketball background

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a lot of reasons for taking former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round of the draft. But one reason may come as a surprise: Belichick likes Dobson because Dobson was a good basketball player.

“I would say that, just based on my experience as a coach through the years, that basketball players, most have good hands. They have to handle the ball a lot,” Belichick said, via the Providence Journal. “The ball is on them quick, tight passes and handling the ball in traffic and that kind of thing. Usually, when you get a good basketball player, those guys usually have pretty good ball skills in terms of handling the ball: strong hands in being able to keep it and quick hands, being able to snatch it and handle it cleanly and, hopefully, without losing it.”

Dobson was a good enough high school hoops player that he had multiple scholarship offers to play college basketball, but he ultimately decided to stay near his hometown of South Charleston, West Virginia, and play college football at Marshall.

“I loved them both,” Dobson said. “Marshall was close to home, so that’s where I decided to go. I’m still getting to play now, so it worked out right.”

Belichick has to hope it works out all right for the receiver-needy Patriots.

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18 Responses to “Bill Belichick likes Aaron Dobson’s basketball background”
  1. dropkickbanana says: May 3, 2013 10:04 PM

    Can’t really argue with that logic, and the kid’s caught some crazy passes, regardless of the competition. Best of luck to him. He’s a smart kid, hopefully he can pick up the system and run with it, so to speak.

  2. rhamrhoddy says: May 3, 2013 10:11 PM

    Snatch it and handle it my friend! That’s what this team needs

  3. orangehawk4 says: May 3, 2013 10:16 PM

    This guy is a star. 1st round talent and only a team like the pats is smart enough to grab a guy from a small program that high.

  4. axltcu says: May 3, 2013 10:30 PM

    If Brady can reach the AFC Championship with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney he should make all-stars out of Dobson and Boyce.

  5. patriotsdefense says: May 3, 2013 10:41 PM

    6’3″, 210 lbs, 4.40 40-time, 0 drops out of 92 targets as a senior. What’s not to love?

  6. randallflagg52 says: May 3, 2013 10:50 PM

    Can we all stop pretending that Bill Belichick is some expert talent evaluator? How many draft picks and free agent signings does this guy have to blow before everyone can see that?

    It’s amazing that Tom Brady has been able to single handedly keep this team afloat (although he’s been helped by the rest of the AFCE’s ineptness).

  7. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: May 3, 2013 11:08 PM

    Just another reason you can pencil the Patriots into the Super Bowl yet again. It must really stink being a fan of the other teams in the league knowing that you cant do anything to stop the Patriots. Might want to use a Pen instead of a pencil.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: May 3, 2013 11:40 PM

    Antonio Gates played bball, right? And a couple other good or above average tight ends? Even if this doesnt turn out to be a spectacular move, they probably did get a guy with good mitts…

  9. captaineagles says: May 3, 2013 11:42 PM

    I said a few years ago that this guy had Randy Moss ball skill abilities, and it just so happens that he went to Marshall. It only made sense that he got drafted by the Patriots too.

    He’ll be a redzone threat at best though. But that isn’t a bad thing at all, especially when Tom Brady is throwing your way.

  10. yaryers says: May 4, 2013 1:06 AM

    It no longer comes as a surprise, since any time Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez does ANYTHING, someone will inevitably mention their basketball background.

  11. patsfiend says: May 4, 2013 2:49 AM

    Good thing he’s not a soccer player, or Rex Ryan and the Jets would be pretty mad right now.

  12. nesuperfan says: May 4, 2013 7:28 AM

    randallflagg52 says: May 3, 2013 10:50 PM

    Can we all stop pretending that Bill Belichick is some expert talent evaluator? How many draft picks and free agent signings does this guy have to blow before everyone can see that?
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    Not including this year’s draft, or any cuts since, but on draft day, the Patriots had 29 players on the roster they drafted…that is not a bad hit/miss rate.
    Yes, BB has had trouble finding great wide receivers and cornerbacks, but overall, he has done great drafting. You only like to look at the misses.

  13. CKL says: May 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says:
    May 3, 2013 11:08 PM
    Just another reason you can pencil the Patriots into the Super Bowl yet again. It must really stink being a fan of the other teams in the league knowing that you cant do anything to stop the Patriots. Might want to use a Pen instead of a pencil.
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    How exciting, we now have our own “logicalvoicesays”, or that steelers fan who talks about all the rings, etc. I knew it was just a matter of time.

    I was a bit disappointed they didn’t get Deandre Hopkins because I love the way he catches, his body control etc, but this Dobson kid is growing on me. If he pans out primarily at WR, he will be the first Pats drafted WR who does in awhile (Edelman is the only other guy in the last decade they’ve drafted who has done anything decent).

  14. peytonsneck18 says: May 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    pats are OVERATED!!!!

  15. sportsmeccabi says: May 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    Lets not forget how great Dwayne Jarret’s hands were coming out of USC. It doesn’t guarantee anything.

  16. rushmatic says: May 4, 2013 2:54 PM

    randallflagg52 says:

    Can we all stop pretending that Bill Belichick is some expert talent evaluator? How many draft picks and free agent signings does this guy have to blow before everyone can see that?

    It’s amazing that Tom Brady has been able to single handedly keep this team afloat (although he’s been helped by the rest of the AFCE’s ineptness).

    ___________________

    Why do you need to control anyone? Think what you want to think; just realize you’re in the minority.

    There are aspects to Belichick’s talent evaluation and philosophies in which he utilizes that are admirable. There are misses (as with any coach, team). Even Belichick has said he was lucky with Brady, but how you figure Brady has anything to do with a defense playing good/bad, overall chemistry, game planning, etc., is beyond me. Ridiculous post.

  17. rc33 says: May 6, 2013 11:06 AM

    It’s amazing that Tom Brady has been able to single handedly keep this team afloat (although he’s been helped by the rest of the AFCE’s ineptness).
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    Um, the same division that’s sent 4 teams to the AFC Championship game the past 5 years?
    The division’s mediocre but it’s the SEC compared to the long-running KC/Oakland joke that is the AFC West.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 7, 2013 8:01 PM

    Excellent point by Belichick. Basketball players usually have great hands, also good feet, and are good at getting open as receivers. Jay Novachik was a former basketball player who became a 5 time pro bowl TE for Dallas. And there have been others.

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