The Cardinals signed Dobson to a reserve/future contract Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2013, Dobson's career has floundered, to say the least, as he was active just once this season (with the Lions in Week 4). Although he has 53 career catches, his last one occurred in Week 11 of the 2015 campaign. He'll be afforded an opportunity within a Cardinals receiving corps that is in some flux due the jettisoning of Michael Floyd and potential for Larry Fitzgerald to call it a career.
Dobson had been a spectator in the Lions' offense as of late. The emergence of Marvin Jones made Dobson an expendable piece.
The wideout signed with the Lions a week ago, but was let go by the team just a few days before Sunday's tilt with the Packers in order to make room for extra linebackers on the active roster. Look for him to play in a reserve role Sunday against the Bears as he competes with Andre Roberts for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart.
Dobson was released by the Lions on Saturday, James Palmer of NFL.com reports.
The Lions only had two healthy outside linebackers on their roster entering their Week 3 matchup against the Packers. So, the team promoted LB Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad in order to add depth at the position, and Dobson's roster spot was evidently needed to do so. Dobson was just signed to the team on Tuesday and thus didn't appear in a game with Detroit.
Dobson worked out for five teams since being cut by the Patriots at the end of the preseason, but he finally landed a roster spot in Detroit. The Lions were thin at wideout with both Corey Fuller (foot) on the PUP list and Ryan Spadola (pectoral) on IR. The 25-year-old Dobson gives the Lions much needed depth at wideout and could contribute on special teams as well.
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