Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive back Darius Slay (30) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Aaron Dobson poised for a big debut


The New England Patriots will need a big night from rookie wide receiver Aron Dobson if they’re going to maintain long and efficient offensive drives against a stout New York Jets defense tonight. With no Danny Amendola, there are a lot of targets to go around, and with 14 going to Kenbrell Thompkins last week, but only four of those he caught, there may be even more to go around tonight, and Dobson could be the biggest benefactor.

Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) is also sidelined, leaving only Julian Edelman and Thompkins as Tom Brady’s receiving targets from last week. Dobson is ready for the added pressure, and just wants to help his team win in his NFL debut:

“As a receiver crew, I feel like we gotta go out there and make plays and focus on the little things,” Dobson said. “We can’t make our role too big. That would just put too much pressure on any one person.”

After some hype began to build around Dobson early in the preseason, a hamstring injury has derailed him the past few weeks, and now he’s healthy and ready to step up for a banged-up Patriots receiving corps. He and fellow rookie Josh Boyce could have significant roles with so many key players out of the lineup.



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