A rookie who went to college in West Virginia has had a major impact on Thursday night’s game. But it’s not the one you think.
Rookie Aaron Dobson, who played at Marshall, opened the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown reception for the Patriots in their home opener against the Jets. Dobson becomes the 47th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady during his 14-year career.
For Dobson, who missed Week One with a hamstring injury, it also was his first career reception.
Dobson apparently was supposed to be covered by Darrelle Revis, since there was no one in sight as he caught a pass down the right sideline and ran to the end zone. (Actually, the Pats lined up in run formation, and Dobson slipped through the scrum uncovered.)
The touchdown capped a six-play, 81-yard drive. Brady completed three of four passes for 54 yards.