Even before all the uncertainty emerged at the tight end position in New England, the team had a desperate need for one of their young wide receivers to step up. Early indications from offseason practice indicate that Dobson has had his share of struggles picking up the Patriots' system. (This is not a new phenomenon.) It's been Danny Amendola and then a steep drop-off at the position.
The Patriots will need a surprise or two to emerge at receiver for their passing attack to survive this year. Dobson might have more raw talent than any of the other candidates.