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Aaron Dobson will return to practice Thursday

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With so many changes among the Patriots’ receiving corps, the team needs to get a big rookie year from second-round wideout Aaron Dobson.

But Dobson missed practice Tuesday with an injury, prompting concerns as to when he’ll be back.

Nick Underhill of MassLive.com reports that Dobson took a cleat to the ankle during Monday’s practice, prompting the team to hold him out of action on Tuesday.  Underhill writes that Dobson was on the sidelines with a slight limp.

Per Underhill, Dobson will return to practice on Thursday.  The Patriots are off Wednesday, pursuant to the rules of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The former Marshall receiver has has practice exclusively with the first-team offense during training camp.

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23 Responses to “Aaron Dobson will return to practice Thursday”
  1. frankrizzo51 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:17 PM

    He also had a hard time finding his keys this morning.

  2. dynaco says: Jul 30, 2013 10:25 PM

    BB knew that before anyone else could even imagine it. That’s why he brought in Tebow.

  3. vaphinfan says: Jul 30, 2013 10:46 PM

    Its ok. No matter what happens the Pats will go undefeated according to Heath Evans as long as Billicheat and Brady are there.

  4. jonbeck316 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:51 PM

    This dude looks like a normal human being but he is actually a beast. Go pats!!!

  5. j0esixpack says: Jul 30, 2013 10:53 PM

    Marshall grads seem to do well in the Patriot’s system

  6. Ridley Me This says: Jul 31, 2013 12:40 AM

    Don’t sleep on Boyce and Thompkins either, this passing attack is going to be better then people realize.

    Also the Patriots D is gonna be awesome, good luck rest of the league.

    Where are all the haters? we need your tears to sustain us.

  7. smashmouthspread12 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:45 AM

    We need Dobson to contribute this year! “Tom Brady’s pass to Aaron Dobson to the left for 14 yards results in another Patriots, FIRST DOWN!” We need to hear that on the PA. Also, i’d like to know why i try to post comments and they get removed/censored? Im not saying anything crazy?

    Thanks, GO PATS!

  8. patriotsdefense says: Jul 31, 2013 1:09 AM

    The word out of Foxboro is he had an great first 4 days of camp

  9. tedmurph says: Jul 31, 2013 1:22 AM

    Offensive ROTY. Watch out.

  10. borisbulldog says: Jul 31, 2013 6:55 AM

    Can we put a moratorium on players with the name “Aaron”?

  11. fryeways says: Jul 31, 2013 8:42 AM

    I love that he wears #17, because that’s the round I’ll draft him in fantasy, and he’ll be a beast by week 3.

  12. idothis2 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:31 AM

    dude looks fifty years old in that pic

  13. flaccotoboldin says: Jul 31, 2013 10:56 AM

    is He’s climbing in yo window
    Snatching yo people up?

    You betta hide yo kid, hide yo wife

    Wait, I was just thinking of Antoine, the other Dobson.

  14. deathonwings410 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:14 AM

    This will be another Patriots WR bust draftee.

  15. flastrat says: Jul 31, 2013 11:25 AM

    I’ve seen Dobson a couple of times during training camp. He is, definitely, Brady’s deep target. He hasn’t been fighting for position as the ball comes down. Not sure if that’s just to be safe, early on. But, he does get deep and beyond his coverage.

  16. turdfurgerson68 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:56 PM

    deathonwings410 says:

    This will be another Patriots WR bust draftee.

    ——————————————————

    Just like:

    Troy Brown?
    Irving Fryer?
    Stanley Morgan?

    You my friend…kmow nothing.

  17. patriot1964 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:05 PM

    I hate that #17 jersey for WRs…. reminds me of Chad Jackson…. I would think Dobson can’t be worse

  18. patriot1964 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:07 PM

    WR Dedrick Ward wore #17 as well in 2003

  19. footballchamp says: Jul 31, 2013 1:21 PM

    Basically, if you’re a WR and you’re drafted by the Belichick-era Pats, chances are that you are not going to make it.

    Although Brady is a good QB, he has issues incorporating new WR’s into his/their system. Don’t know why.

    And it’s not just new WR’s, heck many established NFL receivers couldn’t hack it with Brady either. Again, why is that?

    But back to the original point, the majority of Belichick’s WR’s have been beyond bad. I know some of these new guys were good in college, I just fully expect them to follow the long line of prior failed WR’s there.

    I think that’s why the Pats were willing to part with a compensated draft pick to Pitt for Sanders, at least they knew he had talent. The risk was that he too would not fit in with Brady.

  20. tedmurph says: Jul 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    WRs drafted by Belichick have certainly had some misses, but they hit on DBranch(SB MVP) and Givins. It hasn’t been all bad. Many WRs that didn’t make it were late rnd flyers like Ebert and P.K Sam, who were longshots from the start.

    As for guys they brought in, I remember a couple guys named Moss and Welker that worked out pretty good. Bring some facts to the table, please. Even BLloyd caught balls for 900 yrds last yr. He was a bad locker room guy and they thought they could do better.

    The two problems have been that WRs couldn’t get off the line of scrimmage or couldn’t learn the complicated option route playbook. Hard to judge college players, who run simple spread offenses and rarely face any resistance at the LOS. I haven’t heard this much early buzz around a WR since Branch. They knew they had something special right away. I’m betting Dobson will be too.

  21. gisellichek says: Jul 31, 2013 2:21 PM

    Law of averages says that at some point one of the drafted WRs will actually work out.

  22. footballchamp says: Jul 31, 2013 2:47 PM

    OK, here are some facts. Only two of Belichick’s draft picks at WR, Deion Branch and David Givens (both from 02!) have more than 100 career catches.

    Let’s look and see how the Belichick-era Pats WR picks have panned out:

    2012
    Jeremy Ebert (7th R) – Zero catches. Unknown.

    2010
    Taylor Price (3rd R) – Gone midway through the 2011 season after catching three passes for 41 yards.

    2009
    Brandon Tate (3rd R) – Caught 24 passes for 432 yards over two seasons
    Julian Edelman (7th R) – Productive WR

    2008
    Matt Slater (5th R) – Primarily a standout ST player, Team Captain

    2006
    Chad Jackson (2nd R) – Caught 13 passes for 152 yards during his rookie season, none his second year

    2004
    P.K. Sam (5th R) – Never caught a pass in the NFL!

    2003
    Bethel Johnson (2nd R) – Showed flashes in Kick-off returns, but traded to the Saints in ’06; now out of football.

    2002
    Deion Branch (2nd R) – Great player for the Pats, Super Bowl MVP
    David Givens (7th R) – Very productive for the Pats

    Now, he also struggles drafting DB’s, but that’s for a different time. This is not to say he can’t draft. He’s been very successful in the first round. Obviously has drafted QB, TE, OL, DL well, etc..

    Just saying it how it is. The Pats have struggled to draft WR in the Belichick era., therefore I don’t think Dobson or Boyce will do anything or become anything of note. I could be wrong.

  23. footballchamp says: Jul 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    As for WR’s Belichick has signed or traded for, really outside of maybe the top 3 or 4 it has not been a success either. I’m sure I’m forgetting some players.

    Randy Moss
    Brandon Lloyd
    Donte Stallworth
    Jabar Gaffney
    Joey Galloway
    Bert Emmanuel
    Donald Hayes
    Doug Gabriel
    Reche Caldwell
    Sam Aiken
    David Boston
    “Bam” Childress
    Kelley Washington
    Torry Holt
    Chad Ochocinco
    Tiquan Underwood
    Greg Salas
    Kamar Aiken

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