Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) runs against Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams (20) in the first half during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots working on making Aaron Dobson a top target


The New England Patriots didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year but they almost made it there despite having no star wide receivers for Tom Brady to throw to. We tend to forget though that Brady made it big early in his career with making the most of what he had, and that’s nearly what got him back to another Super Bowl this year.

Now that the focus has shifted to the offseason, the Patriots will look to correct the issue they had at wide receiver this year and that apparently involves developing Aaron Dobson into a top target. That’s what ESPNBoston thinks will happen and it makes a lot of sense given his impressive rookie year.

Had one of the better years among rookie Patriot wide receivers in recent memory, with 42 catches in 12 games. Offered unique size and a catch radius that played a part in the red zone. Looked like a difference maker before the first of his two foot injuries. A critical part of the development of the Patriots’ passing game going forward.

Many believed that had Dobson stayed healthy, he could have helped the Patriots in some pretty big ways, but that didn’t happen.

Still, with Julian Edelman becoming a free agent this offseason, the Patriots may focus on developing Dobson into a compliment to Danny Amendola and even a possible No. 1 receiver in the future.

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