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.