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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 21:26

Patriots Aaron Dobson Situation Allows Others to Shine

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Aaron Dobson has not taken part in Patriots training camp. Landing on the PUP list, now with reports of a screw implanted in his foot, his time table for a return will likely be later in August. What does this mean for the other wide receivers on the roster? Opportunity.

Aaron Dobson was having a pretty good rookie campaign, until injuring his foot against the Denver Broncos, during the epic regular season matchup between the two teams.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was the first to report, that in fact, Dobson received a permanent screw in his left foot, during a procedure in March. The original timetable for return: 2-3 months.

Entering his fourth month of recovery, it turns out Dobson is behind schedule. With the Patriots not wanting to rush him back into action, it has given the team an opportunity to take a look at the other wide receivers, trying to make the teams final 53 man roster.

Julian Edelman is a lock, so there is not much discussion there. Danny Amendola is all buttoned up with his contract and is not going anywhere. Brandon Lafell, barring any major issues, is going to make the final roster as well.

Kenbrell Thompkins has taken this chance and literally ran with it. He is becoming a more consistent receiver, showing progression from his rookie campaign. He has by far the benefactor from Dobson’s injury woes.

Josh Boyce, meanwhile, had a strong showing during OTAs and most of minicamp. With the good news comes the bad: Boyce appears to be ailing from some type of injury at the moment, pulling up lame at the end of minicamp and now during training camp. Injuries hampered Boyce, pretty much the 2013 calendar year. If there's one thing he needs to prove, it’s consistency in the health department.

The whole situation is getting rocky for the Patriots, they know they have talent, but do they have the room for all of them? The Patriots have not held on to six pure receivers in many years, but with Dobson out, Boyce injured often but a spark in the offense, and Thompkins on fire, I think they might.