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Patriots WR Aaron Dobson returns to action with a touchdown

Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots catches a pass before running it in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The New England Patriots received good news before Thursday night’s preseason matchup against the New York Giants with good news as second-year wide receiver Aaron Dobson was available to play in the game. The team received even more good news with the way Dobson was able to perform in the game. Despite the 16-13 loss, Dobson showed just way he is an important factor in the offense.

Dobson saw plenty of action as he returned to the field for his first major action since undergoing surgery over the offseason to repair a broken foot. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver caught three passes for 57 yards, including a nice 33-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The play displayed Dobson’s speed and athleticism as well as his ability to separate from defenders.

Dobson talked about the play and the progress he has made after the game. He said, “That’s just instinct. At that point in time, I’m not really worried about my foot, I’m just playing football.” He also said it felt good being on the field with his teammates and contributing. Head coach Bill Belichick echoed Dobson in saying that it was nice having the receiver back on the field.

“It was good for him to get some action, go out there and get hit a little bit and make a couple of plays,” Belichick said. “It took him a while. He started off training camp on the reserve and then came off and started to get some activity and worked his way back into practice and was able to get back on the field tonight so that was positive.”

Dobson is now eager to start catching passes from Tom Brady again and looks forward to competing with a deep group of receivers. He said, “It’s going to bring the best out of you. I fell like our receiving corps is close and we have a brotherhood going on, but at the same time we’re competing. Us being that close is just bringing the best out of us.”