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Report: Pats' Dobson benched after he 'mouthed off'

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New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game during Monday's nightmare loss to Kansas City -- a curious situation considering the Patriots' glaring lack of a playmaking, field-stretching receiver.

According to the Boston Globes' Shalise Manza Young, Dobson was benched in Weeks 3 and 4 because he "mouthed off" to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, per a source.

We don't know if that mouthing penalty will cost Dobson additional games.

A second-round pick in 2013, Dobson displayed flashes of potential as a rookie, catching 37 balls for 519 yards and four touchdowns. A foot injury cost Dobson time last season and most of his 2014 offseason.

The 23-year-old had one catch for 13 yards in Week 2, his only active game this season.

We don't know what Dobson said to warrant a benching, but it's interesting that McDaniels -- who has been the subject of fans' frustration in multiple American cities -- would find it harsh enough to potentially hinder a struggling offense by not having his one deep threat on the field.

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