New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Dobson expects to play

The New England Patriots are dealing with some crushing injuries right now, as Tom Brady will most likely be heading into Thursday’s game against the New York Jets with a depleted wide receivers corps. Second-round rookie Aaron Dobson was inactive last week after being listed questionable with a hamstring injury, but most people believe that Dobson would have been inactive even if he was healthy. Dobson has an incredible amount of upside and could the No. 1 and “X” receiver of the future that the Patriots desire, but he still has an awful lot of work to do (we saw it in the preseason).

But now, it is important to have Aaron Dobson back in the foeld due to the rash of injuries. Danny Amendola is fully expected to miss the next game after aggravating a groin injury, pass-catching RB Shane Vereen is out at least four weeks with a wrist injury, Zach Sudfeld is dealing with a pulled hamstring, and Rob Gronkowski is still likely a week away from playing. So where does that leave Dobson? He should be the Patriots No. 4 receiver behind Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce on Thursday, so he does hold a pretty vital role under that scope.

The great news is that, according to’s Nick Underhill, Aaron Dobson “expects to play” against the New York Jets, and that gives the Patriots more depth and talent at receiver; something they could definitely use right now. I don’t expect Dobson to do much, but it is possible that things suddenly start to click for him. Beyond that, his size and playmaking ability could be a big asset against a Jets defense that has some question marks in the secondary and regarding their depth at corner. Dobson could be used to take advantage of that, and these snaps will also be valuable for him as the season wears on.

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