Aaron Dobson to Make Training Camp Return


Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) evades a tackle from Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) in the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Dobson Seeks Comeback

One of the new names in the Patriots’ passing attack last year, former Marshall standout Aaron Dobson, may arrive back onto the field come training camp, since his foot injury has improved.

“It’s doing better, man,” Dobson said, via the Boston Herald. “It’s getting better every day. Every week it’s getting better, so we’re just going to see where it’s at by the time camp starts.”

After a Week 12 matchup against the Denver Broncos in 2013 , Dobson injured his foot and missed three contests before making an appearance in the final game of the season vs. the Buffalo Bills, where he re-injured it.

Dobson failed to return to full strength, as he was able to only handle 21 snaps in the AFC Championship. The 6-foot-4 receiver finished the regular season with 12 games played, 37 receptions, 519 yards and four touchdowns.

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Having surgery in March, his expected recovery time was 2-3 months, but he remained sidelined for OTAs.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old has continued his preparation for the upcoming year.

“It was tough having to watch it, you know, not being able to be a part of my team and being able to practice,” Dobson said. “But I definitely just stayed in tune as far as watching the film and plays. I still try to keep myself into it and not let myself … because that happens when guys get injured.

“You know, they just kind of venture off and do their own thing. But I stayed close with everybody, talked with everybody. So I feel like my process is good and I’m still on the right track. I’ve just got to build off last year.”

Most Patriots’ fans and coaches want to see Dobson perform during training camp. Because in the end, he sat among Tom Brady’s main “deep threats” in ’13, and although the long ball wasn’t very effective, the wideout may show his growth–cerebral and physical–has significantly progressed from the summer of his rookie campaign.