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Pats downgrade Dobson to out


The New England new-look receiving corps will be missing a key piece on Sunday at Buffalo.

The Patriots have downgraded rookie receiver Aaron Dobson to out.  The second-round pick previously had been listed as questionable, with a hamstring injury.

The other three Patriots who had been listed as 50-50 propositions to play also have been dropped to zero:  running back Brandon Bolden (knee), defensive back Nate Ebner (ankle), and defensive back Duron Harmon (hamstring).

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had been listed as doubtful as he recovers from back surgery, also has officially been scratched.

Dobson’s injury means that undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins will be getting more opportunities in his first career game.  Ditto for undrafted tight end Zach Sudfeld, who moves up to No. 2 behind Michael Hoomanawanui.

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28 Responses to “Pats downgrade Dobson to out”
  1. tedmurph says: Sep 7, 2013 8:44 PM

    Dobson is not a key piece at this point. Thomkins is ahead of him on the depth chart.

  2. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 7, 2013 8:50 PM

    Man the pats have no weapons this year. They should borrowed some from hernadez before he got locked up. But seriously they dumb to let Welker go, itll be interesting to see if they can hold the division. I think Miami is gonna make some noise this year, could be an upset in the AFC East this year

  3. dsimp724 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:51 PM

    In the huddle Tom Brady looks at kembrell thompkins and Zach sudfeld and says….I’ll make ya famous

  4. duffelbagsports says: Sep 7, 2013 8:52 PM

    They play two different positions one is the X receiver the other is the Z

  5. skoobyfl says: Sep 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    Brady is going to be throwing to nobody.

  6. sellout1983 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:04 PM

    This has the makings of an upset…

  7. tedmurph says: Sep 7, 2013 9:10 PM

    No, Dobson and Thomkins play primarily the X position, or split end. Amendola, Edelman and Boyce primarily the Y.

    The Pats will still have a top 10, maybe top 5 offence this yr and Amendola makes the Pro Bowl. Miami is no threat, and neither is anyone else in the AFC East, until one of them come up with an NFL QB.

  8. titansbro says: Sep 7, 2013 9:13 PM

    Good thing Brady took that pay it

  9. wearethesteelers says: Sep 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    sellout1983 says:
    Sep 7, 2013 9:04 PM
    This has the makings of an upset…

    Then you remember it’s Buffalo and you snap back to reality.

  10. skoobyfl says: Sep 7, 2013 9:17 PM

    Hoomanawanui – try to say this 10 times in a row, I dare you.

  11. coin4me says: Sep 7, 2013 9:17 PM

    This is going to be an embarrassing lose for the Bills.

  12. duffelbagsports says: Sep 7, 2013 9:18 PM

    Not to get technical but wrong! Thomkins is the X receiver or split end. Dobson is the Y or flanker the widest receiver from the tight end. Boyce is a backup to Dobson.

  13. cmcgly says: Sep 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    The dolphins are not good. Overpaying for free agents does not fix your problems, ask Dan Snyder

  14. descendency says: Sep 7, 2013 9:27 PM

    Regardless of what you want to call them, Dobson is a boundary receiver and NE will find out how to replace him with another guy who Brady will make look great.

    The Bills are starting a rookie QB with a banged up secondary. The only real concern NE has is their interior OL, but (OL coach) Dante Scarnecchia has been a miracle worker for a long time.

  15. vaphinfan says: Sep 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    Billichick just needs to make sure he has enough batteries charged up for those cameras and they’ll be fine.

  16. ltpm3 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:01 PM

    skoobyfl says: Sep 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    Brady is going to be throwing to nobody.

    And who do you think Brady was throwing to when Welker first joined the Patriots? He was a nobody from Miami. If Brady had not made Welker into what he is today… Manning would have had no interest in him.

  17. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 7, 2013 10:03 PM

    Looks like he BUSTed his hamstring. Hopefully he’ll heal up and BUST back onto the roster to be the superstar the internet told me he’ll be.

  18. deadlevelbest says: Sep 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    And who do you think Brady was throwing to when Welker first joined the Patriots? He was a nobody from Miami.
    This is a myth. Can anyone name the QB from Miami who was throwing to him? Also, clearly you’ve not seen Welker with Manning. Anyone hoping that Amendola or Dobson or one of these scrubs will turn out to be Welker is dreaming.

  19. bradygirl12 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:15 PM

    Just my opinion,but I think the Pats will be fine with who they have.

  20. deadlevelbest says: Sep 7, 2013 10:22 PM

    So the passing game will be great for the UFL then, what with the Bills secondary and Patriots receivers being absolutely nobody.

  21. lovetbrady says: Sep 7, 2013 11:25 PM

    I’m wondering who Brady will throw to once they double team Amendola.

  22. guru506 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:12 AM

    Vereen time

  23. der6495 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:58 AM

    Brady won all his rings with no-namers and guys 5’8″ tall. David Patten, Troy Brown, Deion Branch, David Givens.

  24. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2013 1:09 AM

    The flanker is the Z, Dobson doesn’t line up there. I’ve been to the practices.

  25. green41563 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:20 AM

    Dobson? Dobson?!

    We’ve got Dobson here!

  26. bcgreg says: Sep 8, 2013 8:12 AM

    The only question with the WRs is Amendola’s health. IF he plays 14-15 games, he will catch 100+ balls. EASY!

    Welker had ONE full season as a full time WR in Miami (2006) before he came to NE. He was primarily a kick returner before that. Amendola has a better WR resume coming to NE than Welker. That’s a fact, and not a myth.

    Watch out for Boyce today!

  27. mccourty1sland says: Sep 8, 2013 8:31 AM

    Pats are done. Dynasty over. Worse than any cfl team. Last place Afc east.

  28. chlstn says: Sep 8, 2013 9:02 AM

    The first half may be rough but the Pats will dominate in 3rd and 4th quarters.

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