Aaron Dobson is the ultimate hype machine and unfortunately the ultimate disappointment for the Patriots and Fantasy owners. We keep waiting for him to become this playmaker for New England, but he continues to disappoint, including 2015 when he had 13 catches for 141 yards. He only has four career touchdowns in three seasons, and we don't expect him to make much of an impact this year.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Dobson "was the most productive receiver on the field" during the Patriots' recent minicamp. Of course, that assessment must be absorbed with the knowledge that key wideouts Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have not been able to practice, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear that a healthy Dobson has made a good impression to date in advance of training camp. With newcomer Chris Hogan and draftee Malcolm Mitchell presumably locked into roles with the Patriots in 2016, Dobson will need to contend with the likes of Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien and DeAndre Carter for slotting on the team's crowded wideout depth chart.
ESPN's Mike Reiss indicates that Dobson figures to be "in a fight for a roster spot" with the Patriots in advance of the 2016 season. The Patriots added wideouts Chris Hogan and Nate Washington via free agency, so Dobson faces some added competition for a role in the team's offense after enduring another injury-marred campaign in 2015, in which he was limited to eight games, a span in which he caught 13 passes for 141 yards. If Dobson can re-stablish his health this summer, however, keeping him around wouldn't be especially costly for the Patriots since he's in the final year of his rookie contract, which carries a salary cap hit of $1,090,845.
The Patriots have placed Dobson (ankle) on IR, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. With Dobson headed to IR, Julian Edelman out indefinitely, plus Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin also banged up, we'd expect the Patriots to make a move to add some wideout depth in the coming days.
Dobson is dealing with a high ankle sprain, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. We'd expect the Patriots to rule the wideout out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos later this week, and beyond that it's plausible he will miss additional time. With Julian Edelman out, plus Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin also hobbled, the Patriots' depth at wideout is currently taxed.
Dobson (ankle) is expected to miss at least Sunday's game at Denver, CSN New England reports. Dobson was removed from Monday's win against the Bills due to an ankle concern and didn't return, placing a cloud over his upcoming availability. Fortunately, he avoided any broken bones when X-rays were returned negative, but the extent of his absence will now ride on any ligament damage in the foot. With Danny Amendola (knee) and Keshawn Martin (hamstring) questionable to suit up in Week 12, the Patriots could be down to Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper, and Matthew Slater at wide receiver, barring any additions to the 53-man roster.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||33||18||233||1||12||12.94||29|