The New England Patriots have a lot of turn over at the wide receiver position entering the 2013 NFL season — after all, the venerable Wes Welker moved onto Denver and fellow starter Brandon Lloyd sits and waits on the free agent for his next offer to come around.
The point of all this is to highlight the fact that there is a big vacancy at wide receiver in the Patriots offense. Sure the team signed Danny Amendola to fill the shoes of the departed Welker but there are two perimeter spots available and one of those appears to have rookie Aaron Dobson’s name written all over it.
According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, Dobson has been impressive and consistent catching the football in Patriots mini-camp. Yates notes that while Dobson has had a few drops during the workouts, he is “One of the more interesting players to follow during the OTA’s. Given the turnover at the position, Dobson would seem to be in line to compete for a starting job, and we’ve seen flashes of his natural talent.”
Dobson, who was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, caught 165 passes for 2.398 yards and 24 touchdowns during a four-year stint with Marshall. Hobson has the size, speed and athleticism to be the vertical threat the Patriots need in their offense and even though it’s very early, it seems the former Marshall standout is already making a good impression.