The New England Patriots rookie wide receiver trio of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce has surpassed expectations thus far in training camp, and all three of them have been standouts during Patriots drills and showed up well during the scrimmages against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although Dobson had a bad preseason game on Friday, Thompkins looked good and all of the rookies earned high praise from the Eagles cornerbacks. Dobson has the most upside of the three and was drafted the highest (well, Thompkins wasn’t even drafted, although he should have been), and he also received the most praise.
Rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer had this to say about Aaron Dobson and the other rookie wideouts on the Pats, “He’s a great receiver. He can go up and high-point the ball. That’s one of his strengths. He has great hands to go get the ball. I think (the Patriots) have a lot of athletic guys. Other than him, I don’t know their names, but a lot of athletic receivers who have good routes.”
Cornerback Brandon Boykin also praised the Patriots rookies, with his praise going to Dobson and Thompkins- most of it was sent Dobson’s way. Boykin praised Dobson’s hands and speed, and the latter skill will make him a big asset on the Patriots offense as the “X” receiver. Dobson can give the Pats their first real deep threat since Randy Moss and first true “X” receiver if he fulfills his potential as a No. 1 guy. That will take time, though, and it seems like Kenbrell Thompkins has been outplaying Dobson, and you can’t count out Josh Boyce either.