Aaron Dobson may be down, but he’s definitely not out. The rookie wide receiver is limited in his first offseason due to a stress fracture in his left foot that plagued him during the season, but he’s doing all he can to not fall behind. A big part of that is keeping in contact with Tom Brady.
The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported that Dobson has been speaking to Brady regularly this offseason to maintain that chemistry that’s so important to the quarterback. Dobson also plans to travel to Los Angeles, where Brady runs practices every year with his pass catchers.
In fact, that trip has been the secret to success for wide receivers. Julian Edelman told NFL.com that he actually moved to Los Angeles in his second year stating, “Cause that’s where Tommy is. If you ever needed a guy to throw to, I would, you know, I’d be there. I’d leave anything, you know, a work out … or if I was out with my buddies … You know, if Tom called … “
Despite receiving the nickname “Aaron Dropson” from fans, Dobson was actually the most successful rookie wide receiver of the Brady era, with 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games played 2013. With numbers like that, Dobson could be a go-to guy for Brady in 2014 as long as he can stay healthy.
Dobson will know the extent of his injuries in coming weeks. He was told to rest his foot, limiting his offseason training to upper body workouts and cutting out all running. In the next 10-14 days, the Patriots medical staff will determine if the rest was effective or if he’ll need surgery on the foot to repair the damage. If he does need surgery, it seems unlikely that he’d be able to participate in the start of the Patriots official offseason program on April 21.