Aaron Dobson expected to play Thursday night

AP

For a large number of players suiting up on Thursday night, the final preseason game is an attempt to interest teams in giving them one of the final spots on their roster or a berth on the practice squad.

For a few others, though, it is a chance to get a little playing time under their belts after spending the offseason rehabbing injuries. Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson fits into the latter category.

Dobson’s recovery from offseason foot surgery kept him out of the team’s first three preseason games, but Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that he accompanied the team to New Jersey for Thursday’s game against the Giants and that he is expected to be in the lineup for the exhibition finale. It’s not known how much playing time Dobson will get as he tries to accomplish a pair of goals.

The first is making sure his foot holds up to moving at game speed, of course, and the second is his attempt to move ahead of Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins on the list of outside receivers in New England.