Wednesday, January 8, 2014
WR Dobson remains out of practice
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson remains out of practice with a foot injury, making it unlikely he will be available for Saturday's divisional-round playoff against the Indianapolis Colts.
Dobson, who hobbled off in the second quarter of the Patriots' season finale against the Bills on Dec. 29, hasn't practiced since.
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he is the team's tallest receiver and also arguably the club's best deep threat. A second-round draft choice out of Marshall, Dobson totaled 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, playing 46.4 percent of the offensive snaps.
Julian Edelman (5-foot-10, 198 pounds) has been the Patriots' top receiver for most of the year and the Patriots' most ideal pairing in the two-receiver set has been when he teams up with Dobson, with Danny Amendola (5-11, 195) serving as the No. 3 target.
Without Dobson, the Patriots have at times turned more to Amendola, although he has a similar skill set to Edelman's. An Edelman-Amendola pairing also leaves the Patriots a bit smaller on the outside.