Let’s start with how well Dobson has been doing. In his last two games, the rookie wide receiver has caught nine passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. He is showcasing his ability to be a deep threat in this offense, and it appears his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash was not a tease after all. Dobson can get separation, and he can get it deep down the field.
The rookie wide receiver’s size has also come into play. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Dobson has shown the ability to get in the end zone as of late. That is very important because there is no proven red zone threat behind Rob Gronkowski.
And now we move on to the matchups. Dobson is set to see some combination of Drayton Florence and Captain Munnerlyn. Those guys are decent cornerbacks but are very burnable. Munnerlyn is more of a nickel cornerback and would likely struggle with Dobson’s size. Florence has been playing well but didn’t even make the team after the preseason was over. The young, fleet-footed Dobson can get by him.
Plus there isn’t much depth to speak of at cornerback when it comes to the Panthers. Josh Thomas and Melvin White are not really noteworthy cornerbacks. So either way, Dobson should get the best of whomever he matches up against.
And that is the key for Tom Brady. He must look Dobson’s way because the rookie is bound to be open often.