Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Dobson’

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)


Routes and Coverages: Charting the Balance of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Broncos

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins have been utilized in different facets for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There was a halftime shift in the New England Patriots’ comeback win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12. And while that was apparent in the 34-31 final score, it was also apparent in the use of rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

As the second-round pick opened the game at “X” receiver, the undrafted free-agent opened the game No. 4 on the depth chart. Yet after intermission, their roles were switched. The 6’0”, 195-pound Thompkins found himself on the field, and the 6’3”, 200-pound Dobson found himself predominantly observing from the sidelines.

The beneficiary, whose first passing play came with five seconds left in the first half, ultimately finished with six catches on nine targets for 56 yards. On the other end, Dobson finished catchless over his 37 snaps, relieving an injured Thompkins for just two plays in the third.

At first glance, the personnel switch suggested that the 22-year-old Marshall wideout had been benched in favor of the 25-year-old Cincinnati product. But in reality, the decision delved deeper than that. Dobson was not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury, and Thompkins’ skill set and route tree best suited Denver’s defense. (more…)


2013 Patriots Mid-season Draft and Rookie Review

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Brady Dobson

Aaron Dobson and Tom Brady are starting to develop some rapport. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 NFL season is more than half-way over. The playoff picture is taking shape and teams are looking forward towards the 2014 NFL Draft. In terms of the 2013 rookie class it’s still early in their careers, but that hasn’t stopped fans from labeling players “busts” or “steals”.

With the Patriots coming off their bye week, it is the perfect time to review the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft class, evaluate how the rookies have performed to date, and look ahead to what each player could bring in future seasons.

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Ahead of Schedule: Examining Aaron Dobson’s Two-Touchdown Game vs. Steelers

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Aaron Dobson’s two-touchdown performance against the Steelers signified that his future is also the present. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The 6’3”, 200-pound Aaron Dobson was a prominent figure in the second halves of New England Patriots preseason games this summer. No. 17 stood on the football field, acclimating against fringe players who would be cut in the coming weeks, all while fellow rookie wide receivers, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins, stood on the sidelines with veterans.

Those reps may have been humbling for the second-round draft pick, but they were needed for the high-upside Marshall product to transition from Conference USA to the NFL. And nine weeks into the regular season, that transition is well ahead of schedule. (more…)


New England Patriots vs New York Jets: Three Takeaways from a Narrow Victory

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Chandler Jones Dance

Chandler Jones has been a menace so far in 2013. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Survive and advance. Wait for reinforcements. They don’t ask for a picture.

You can repeat any cliche that you want, but the Patriots are 2-0.

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Learning Curve: Patriots Rookie Wideout Aaron Dobson

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The development of second-round pick Aaron Dobson will be monitored closely this season. (Photo: NFL Preseason Live)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

From April of 2003 to April of 2012, the New England Patriots spent seven draft picks on wide receiver prospects. But over that nine-year span, only one of those selections – Pro Bowl special teamer and team captain Matthew Slater – ended up enjoying an extended stay in Foxborough, Mass.

So when head coach Bill Belichick and Co. spent the 59th overall pick in this year’s draft on Marshall wideout Aaron Dobson, the decision was met with both excitement and apprehension.

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Patriots vs. Lions: Thoughts and Observations

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Kenbrell Thompkins showed off star potential last night.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The third preseason game is notoriously hailed as the “realest” of all the preseason games. That wasn’t the case last night, as the Patriots were thoroughly beaten in their attempt to sort out their roster. With roster cut downs slated to begin on Tuesday this was the last opportunity for bubble players to change minds. What did we learn from the third preseason game and did anyone play their way onto the roster?

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