Aaron Dobson has come a long way from his first couple games in the NFL. The 59th overall pick by the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft had a slow start and struggled with drops which led to him getting the nickname of “Dropson” by the fans and media. Fast forward six weeks, and Dobson is coming off his best game as a pro where he finished with five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Dobson showed a lot of promise in college and looks to have a nice combination of size and speed, which is what you look for in an outside receiver. Dobson came up with some big plays in the Patriots’ Week 9 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers including an 81-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady seems to be trusting the rookie receiver more, and it is showing by the targets and throws that he is making to the WR. Dobson, who started the season behind undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins on the depth chart, has now passed him and played 90 percent of the snaps against the Steelers.
Considering Thompkins was a healthy scratch this past week, it looks like Dobson will continue to be the starting receiver on the outside. Dobson will benefit from players like Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola by seeing single coverage for the majority of the year. If Dobson can continue to progress he will give Brady another weapon on an offense that struggled early in the year. Dobson is on pace for a very good rookie year and is projected for over 800 yards and seven touchdowns. He has all the tools to become a great NFL receiver, and luckily for him he has the QB that can make him great. Look for him to have a very strong second half of the season after the Patriots bye.