Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Dobson’

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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Patriots Roster Projection: Group of 53 Taking Shape

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

I think Chandler Jones is going to make the team. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Two down, two to go.

With two preseason games remaining, the Patriots roster is starting to take shape. Here is my latest stab at the 53-man roster come week one versus the Buffalo Bills.

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Notes from Philadelphia: Receivers Impress, Defensive Backs Inconsistent

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

NEPD Contributor: Eric Galko

Watching two teams and a combined set of 180 players wasn’t an easy task during Day One of the Eagles-Patriots scrimmaging. However, with my main focus on the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs, I was able to glean out some impressions from a difficult to keep up with practice.

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Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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Patriots Training Camp: Hall of Fame Backdrop to Day Four

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Tedy Bruschi and Gil Santos were honored before Patriots training camp practice.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Mere minutes after Gil Santos and Tedy Bruschi were inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, current players took the field on day four of Patriots Training Camp.

Here are some observations on how the veterans and rookies looked during their first action in Gillette Stadium this year.

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Patriots Training Camp Notes: Dobson Shines on Day Two

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Aaron Dobson

Dobson started slow, but was the star of the Patriots second day in training camp.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The music was bumping early at Patriots Training Camp, but Patriots players will have to wait until Sunday before they put on pads and start hitting.

Tomorrow’s practice in full pads will certainly tell us more about this young team. As Josh Boyce stated after practice, “Anybody can play without pads.” That said, there was plenty to be learned from the nearly three hour practice session.

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