Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/59 - Aaron Dobson, WR, 6-3, 210, Marshall...With the team undergoing nearly a total overhaul at the receiver position, New England added a bigger receiver with impressive hands to Tom Brady's attack. Dobson has decent speed and production that should allow him to compete for playing time immediately this fall. - The Sports Xchange
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09/22/16 - WR Aaron Dobson signed with the Lions after a workout Tuesday, and could eventually push Andre Roberts for the No. 4 WR spot. Dobson caught 53 passes over the last three seasons with the New England Patriots, when Lions GM Bob Quinn worked in the team's front office.
"He's a capable guy," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "He can get down the field as well, can cover some ground and we're happy to have him. He's maybe a little bit different than some of the guys we have at this stage, but I think he'll do a good job for us."
09/21/16 - WR Aaron Dobson, a free agent, was signed by the Lions. He joins the Lions following a three-year stint with the Patriots (2013-15). He appeared in eight games (three starts) last season for New England and finished with 13 receptions for 141 yards.
07/28/16 - WR Aaron Dobson is a fourth-year former second-round pick who missed the bulk of the last two seasons due to injury, leaving many believing his time as a Patriot was coming to an end. Dobson, though, has had an impressive spring and start to the summer, easily the best offseason of his career. If the trend continues, Dobson, not Nate Washington, might secure a role as an option on the outside at receiver in New England's deep arsenal of passing weapons.
11/26/15 - WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) did not practice after being carted off in the first half of Monday night's win over the Bills.
11/26/15 - WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Thursday (Nov. 26).
11/25/15 - WR Aaron Dobson (foot/ankle) was helped off the field by New England medical staff in the first half of Monday night's win. The third-year receiver was then carted from the bench area to the locker room and did not return. Reports indicated X-rays showed no broken bones, but that ligament damage would define the extent of the injury.
10/19/15 - WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch for the second straight week. The third-year former second-round pick could be in jeopardy of losing his roster spot if/when veteran Brandon LaFell returns off of PUP.
08/12/15 - WR Aaron Dobson remains out of practice action, among a list of 21 Patriots who did not practice during the final full workout before the preseason opener.
08/03/15 - WR Aaron Dobson may be in a make-or-break training camp in his third summer in New England. The 2013 second-round pick caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
As much as that might be deemed a promising first season, his second year was a nightmare last fall. After missing basically the entire offseason with a foot injury and surgery, Dobson played just four games before landing on injured reserve with a hamstring issue, catching a mere three passes on the season.
Two years ago he was considered the future of the receiver position. Now, though, he's fighting for his life on an offense that returns Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and even surprise 2014 contributor Brian Tyms.
"I don't feed into any of that," Dobson said of the perceived pressure he's under this summer. "I'm just out here trying to have fun. I'm out here playing football. It's a game, so I'm trying to have some fun and make some plays."
Still, he knows he has to prove himself, most important to his coaches.
"That I can play - I'm here trying to make plays and do what I can do as a receiver," Dobson said.
12/04/14 - WR Aaron Dobson was placed on injured reserve Thursday (Dec. 4) after suffering a hamstring injury in last Sunday's loss in Green Bay. The 2013 second-round pick played in just four games this season, recording a mere three catches for 38 yards. He was a healthy scratch for eight games. Dobson missed most of the offseason and training camp after having foot surgery last spring. As a rookie a year ago – and part of New England's "re-do" of the wide receiver position – Dobson started nine of the 12 games he played in. He ranked fifth on the team with 37 catches, fourth with 519 yards and tied for second with four touchdown receptions.