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.

23 responses to “Aaron Dobson will return to practice Thursday

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. deathonwings410 says:

    This will be another Patriots WR bust draftee.


    Just like:

    Troy Brown?
    Irving Fryer?
    Stanley Morgan?

    You my friend…kmow nothing.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

  10. 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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