Patriots Training Camp Day Four Observations: Aaron Dobson’s becoming a star

Aaron Dobson makes a leaping catch during camp. (Photo By: David Silverman)

Aaron Dobson makes a leaping catch during camp.
(Photo By: David Silverman)

The Patriots held their fourth practice of the 2015 training camp and second full day in pads.

Did Not Practice:  QB Matt Flynn, WR Matthew Slater, WR Brandon LaFell, RB Tyler Gaffney, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Chris White, OL Ryan Wendell, DT Vince Taylor, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OL Kevin Hughes, TE AJ Derby, DT Chris Jones, DT Alan Branch.

Tom Brady had a solid day, nothing new there. He was 17-23 during team drills. He was 11-15 during 11-on-11s and 5-7 during 7-on-7s.

Jimmy Garoppolo had another nice day, and that’s becoming the normal for him. Staring down a WR and not getting the ball out in time is still a weakness of the youngster but other than that he’s doing good.

He was 12-17 during team drills. He was 5-7 during 7-on-7s and 7-10 during 11-on-11s. Brandon Gibson and Brian Tyms seem to be his favorite targets.

WR Aaron Dobson stole the show today with some outstanding catches. Dobson, whose battling for his roster spot, has had an excellent camp, and seems to be ahead of Tyms and Gibson on the depth chart. The first pass during 11-on-11s from Tom Brady, Dobson made an excellent catch. Brady threw a deep pass down the right sideline that looked like it could be intercepted by Malcolm Butler, but when Butler and Dobson went up for it, Dobson made the leaping catch.

CB Malcolm Butler dared Tom Brady to throw his way and has been the best corner on the field each day. He’s the number one corner in my mind right now, no questions. Today, could have been a better day for Butler, losing against Dobson and Edelman a few times, but recovered nicely for a solid day overall. Every day, he’s been consistent.

CB Tarrel Brown had the best day of anybody, aside from Dobson. He’s had a really good camp so far, breaking up a couple of passes today. He’s been sticking to wide outs like glue and pushing for a starting role.

CB Logan Ryan has been solid too. He should have picked off Tom Brady, but at least broke up the pass. He’s making plays, and being consistent. He’s a starter too, no questions in my mind.

Safety Tavon Wilson is going to make life hard for Belichick after having four good days of camp. If he keeps this up BB may have to carry six safeties. Rookie Jordan Richards still looks excellent.

Rookie DE Trey Flowers makes a couple big plays everyday. He’s looking really good, while his fellow rookie DE Geneo Grissom is struggling. He makes one play, if that a day.

Center David Andrews has had an excellent camp, making the most of Ryan Wendell’s absence. He may make the team and push for a big role. He’s been that good.

First-round pick Malcom Brown had a good day after a bad day yesterday. That’s a good sign.

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola both continue to perform head and shoulders above the rest. Edelman did receive medical attention during camp. He stood on the sidelines and sign autographs after practice, but favored his ankle.

Patriots next practice hasn’t been announced.





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