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Daily training camp overreaction: Aaron Dobson for rookie of the year!

Posted by Erik Frenz  July 27, 2013 01:09 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman still out of the picture, three wide receivers have stood out in camp: Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, and Kamar Aiken. Based on two practices, Dobson and Amendola have to be considered the front-runners to start if based on nothing but performance.

Dobson's been making the most of his opportunities catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady, and trying his hardest to build trust with the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

"You've just got to do the right thing," Dobson said. "You've got to stay in the playbook, make sure, in practice, when you get the reps, you've got to make sure you're doing the right thing."

Dobson's athleticism jumped out at viewers time and time again. He consistently showed the quickness and soft hands that made him a second-round draft choice, and the Patriots' second pick in the draft.

He's not known for his burner speed, but he showed the ability to get deep against the defense on more than a couple of catches. That deep element has been missing from the Patriots offense for years, and Dobson could provide it.

Concentration was another part of Dobson's game that was on display, as the rookie made several difficult catches in traffic, including the highlight of the day: Dobson got off the jam of cornerback Aqib Talib, sprinted toward the sideline, and made the leaping catch off quarterback Tom Brady's throw, with Talib draped all over him.

Even Dobson noticed the impressive throw.

"Oh yeah, definitely. He's going to put the ball there, I've just got to make the catch," Dobson said. "That's the same page that we've got to be on as a quarterback and a receiver."

As of Saturday, Dobson was catching everything that was thrown his way. He dropped just one pass all day on Saturday.

The combination of size, soft hands, efficient route-running and pure athleticism were all on display on Saturday. If Dobson continues to build off his strong start to camp, he'll be well on his way to making a big impact as a rookie.

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