Sometimes players can make a big leap from the previous season. Pierre Garcon and Torrey Smith were big play number 2 receivers that have now made themselves viable number 1 receivers. Sometimes they can do it in season.
There are several explosive passing offenses that may be seeing in house shifts. We talked about Keenan Allen’s “Coming Alive” party a few weeks away. The Patriots may be seeing that change due to the influx of new receiver talent, injuries, and the slow arrival of Rob Gronkowski to the regular season, Aaron Dobson can still be the primary “big” receiver for the Patriots.
The Patriots are a game plan driven team, but their offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels loves to feature a tall receiver near the red zone. He did so with Randy Moss, then Brandon Lloyd in his stint in Denver, and of course the tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
The week six match up of the Saints and Patriots game featured the best and worst of Dobson’s situation. The pluses, Dobson led the Patriots in targets (10), catches (6), and receiving yards (63). The minuses, he registered two ‘fails’ at key moments, a big third down drop late in the game and in the first half was stopped short of the goal line on a quick hitting isolation route. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins made the game winning touchdown grab, giving him 4 on the season. Dobson has for the most part, stumbled at key moments when the Patriots have tried to shine the spotlight on his talents. However, there will be more times for Dobson to come through big. Bill Beilichick has mentioned Dobson having good football smarts which is a necessary for being on the same page with Tom Brady concerning route adjustments. Then there is the great physical size, the college scouting report that speaks of his great hands, and Rob Gronkowski’s uncertain short term future. The opportunity is there for Aaron Dobson and he could be there on your waiver wire.