WR - FA
Aaron Dobson was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Dobson was drafted with high hopes four years ago by the Patriots in the second round out of Marshall. He never did live up to his promise and in three seasons caught 39 passes for 566 yards. He may get an opportunity with another team but it looks like Dobson's days of being fantasy relevant have passed.
Aaron Dobson caught two of his three targets for 49 yards against the Panthers.
While Dobson looked solid, he will likely play very limited snaps in the regular season behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell. Dobson is irrelevant in fantasy barring an injury to one of the aforementioned three.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Aaron Dobson "was the most productive receiver on the field" during the Patriots' recent minicamp.
Dobson will need to be productive in the preseason as he is facing stiff competition with newcomers Chris Hogan and Nate Washington as well as draftee Malcolm Mitchell. Dobson has always fared well in practice but has yet to translate that success during the season and should be avoided in fantasy until he can prove he can produce.
According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, fourth-year wideout Aaron Dobson could be the odd man out in the Patriots current group of receivers.
Once a promising dynasty stash, Dobson has never been able to work his way up the depth chart and now faces stiff competition from veterans like Nate Washington, Chris Hogan and Keshawn Martin as well as rookie Malcolm Mitchell. He will have to turn heads in training camp and the preseason to avoid getting handed his walking papers. He is well off the fantasy radar, and his dynasty prospects are fading fast.
Aaron Dobson a 2013 second-round draft choice from Marshall projects to be in a fight for a roster spot, especially after the Patriots paid big for Chris Hogan and also brought in veteran Nate Washington at receiver. After three years of high expectations based on his draft status, Dobson can cut it loose this year as he could be flying under the radar.
Dobson caught 13 passes for 141 yards in eight games last year as he missed half the games being inactive with a variety of injuries. This is the final year of his contract and also maybe the last year he gets in the NFL to tap into his awesome potential. Don't be surprised if the Patriots target a wide receiver in the draft which will create even more competition for Dobson.