PHILADELPHIA — Patriots rookie receiver Aaron Dobson has experienced the polar opposites of emotions this week as his team practices with the Eagles.
On Tuesday, he found himself in Bill Belichick’s doghouse after getting into a scrap with Eagles defensive back Cary Williams. Belichick and Eagles coach Chip Kelly had established a strict “no fighting” policy before practice, and they sent Dobson and Williams off the field for the day.
“It happened and it’s over, so I’ve just got to learn from it,” Dobson said Thursday.
But on Wednesday, he made the highlight play of practice, twisting his body twice to locate a deep pass from Tom Brady, and then using his 6-foot-4-inch frame to outjump two defenders for a 50-yard catch. His teammates howled with delight on the sideline after the phenomenal catch.
“Definitely just making steps forward every day – baby steps,” said Dobson. “I’m just trying to get on the same page as my quarterback and my offense, just try to do what I can do.”
Dobson said that playing basketball in high school helps him win jump balls on the football field.
“It’s like going up for rebounds, and you can control your body,” he said. “I guess it’s a good skill set for a receiver.”
Dobson and fellow rookie receivers Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins have looked good through two weeks of camp, but Friday night’s game against the Eagles will be a whole new experience for them.
“Definitely jitters a little bit because it’s something new, but I’m definitely ready for it,” Dobson said.