Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Dobson And Kenbrell Thompkins Travel To Denver

Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) runs after catching a pass during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Good news for Pats fans, as it was reported earlier today that both Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins traveled with the team to Denver. If they are indeed active on Sunday, it really helps out the New England passing attack, as both of them bring a solid vertical presence to the outside.

Having Dobson and Thompkins on the field will help the Pats in a lot of ways, but I think the red zone is the biggest area where they will improve the New England offense, specifically Dobson. When space gets compressed down near the goal-line, you need a bigger guy that can go up and make a play on the ball. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Shane Vereen are great, but they are all small dudes. However Dobson is a legit 6’3, giving Brady a bigger target, that he can utilize inside the 20 yard line.

While both Thompkins and Dobson had up and down rookie seasons, I think it was an overall success for them, and the Patriots. They combined for 69 receptions, 985 yards, and eight touchdowns, all while missing a lot of football games. Bill Belichick and company haven’t had the greatest success drafting receivers over the last decade, but I think they may have found two solid players, in Dobson and Thompkins.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    If Dobson and KT play it will definitely help in the red zone but they may be equally dangerous going deep downfield. The Broncos do not have the personnel to stop the big play. I look for Brady to take shots deep downfield for big gain or quick scores. Just having a deep threat will keep the Broncos DBs from playing short over the middle to guard against Edelman and Amendola. Broncos would rather defend a smaller field and spreading the field is something the Broncos secondary will struggle to contain. Dobson and KT will change the way the Broncos defend against the pass.