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Patriots WR Aaron Dobson not expected to participate in minicamp

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One of the keys to the New England Patriots’ offense this season will be the health and progression of second-year wide receiver Aaron Dobson. His health, however, is already slowing him down and will have him playing catch up when the team enters training camp. According to Nick Underhill of on Monday, Dobson will more than likely miss mandatory minicamp due to the foot injury he suffered at the end of last season.

Dobson was not able to take part in organized team activities and is already behind due to the foot injury he first injured during the Week 12 thriller against the Denver Broncos. The wide receiver was really starting to hit a stride before the injury happened. He caught 37 passes for 519 yards with fourth touchdowns but Dobson didn’t go without some ridicule in his rookie season. He was part of a receiving group that had a tough time connecting with Tom Brady at the beginning of the season. That’s why OTAs and minicamp is important, but Dobson’s health is the main priority right now.

Dobson had the foot surgery back in March after originally hoping that it would heal on its own. The delay in surgery may be a factor in his ability to participate in team activities as the original timetable for recovery was said to be 2-3 months. Hopefully he will be ready to go by training camp.

Although Dobson is not ready to go full speed physically, he is definitely ready and focused mentally to be a key contributor in the offense this season. Although his recovery time is taking a bit longer, Dobson must remain poised for his second season. Back in March he told Underhill that he was “feeling good” and hopefully that feeling will help elevate his game and be one of the key targets for Tom Brady during the 2014 NFL season.