New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson was listed on the injury report as questionable for today’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and ESPN Boston, among others, expected him to be inactive. According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the New England Patriots have indeed downgraded Aaron Dobson to “out”.
Dobson is suffering from a hamstring injury, and it is unclear when he was injured. It would appear that the injury occurred sometime before Thursday, because that’s when Dobson was first listed as a limited participant at practice (he was also limited on Friday). We, not surprisingly, don’t know how severe Dobson’s hamstring injury is, and it is likely that the Patriots simply decided to list Dobson as an inactive participant due to his rawness.
There is little doubt in my mind that Aaron Dobson has the most upside of any wide receiver on this roster, but he is easily the most raw and is way behind the learning curve right now. While he showed some flashes this offseason, he looked extremely raw overall and made a number of mistakes. Experience will definitely help Dobson, and it is far too early to overreact when talking about him. At this point, Dobson is basically progressing as we thought he would; slowly. This guy is one for the future, but he does seem to have a lot of boom-or-bust in him. Dobson is someone who will do a lot of developing, and we can’t really make a judgement call on him either way until after three seasons (hopefully, sooner). This season, I don’t expect him to have a major role, and the biggest asset he will provide is being somebody who can make big plays.