Aaron Dobson
Dobson with the Cardinals in the 2017 preseason.
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Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-23) July 23, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Dunbar, West Virginia
Career information
College: Marshall
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2013 2015)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl Champion (XLIX)
Receptions     53
Receiving yards     698
Receiving TDs     4

Aaron Jameer Dobson (born July 23, 1991) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played college football at Marshall.

Early yearsEdit

Dobson was born in Dunbar, West Virginia. He attended South Charleston High School in South Charleston, West Virginia, and played high school football and high school basketball for the South Charleston Black Eagles. He recorded 45 receptions for 1,298 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and added seven interceptions on defense, and finished his high school career with 108 receptions, 2,365 yards and 32 touchdowns. He had 10 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and was a member of the 2008 MSAC Championship team and 2008 West Virginia AAA State Championship, which finished with a 14-0 record.

In 2009, he played for USA Football's U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio, where he was teammates with future New York Giants running back, David Wilson.[1]

College careerEdit

Dobson attended Marshall University, where he played for the Marshall Thundering Herd football team from 2009 to 2012. During his college career, Dobson had 165 receptions for 2,398 yards and 24 touchdowns. As a junior in 2011, he was the MVP of the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.[2][3] He ended his Marshall senior season being named 2nd team All-Conference USA and being invited to play in the Senior Bowl.[4]

Dobson gained recognition in 2011 during a game against East Carolina, when he had a one-handed backhand catch for a touchdown in the second quarter.[5] The play went viral and was ranked second on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Year.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in 210 lb 4.42 s 1.51 s 2.60 s 4.33 s 7.19 s 35 in 10 ft 2 in 16 rep

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots selected Dobson in the second round, with the 59th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $3.4 million contract. His first career catch was for a touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 2. In a Week 9 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had the first 100-yard game of his career. He caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He suffered a foot injury in week 12 against the Broncos and missed weeks 13-15. He appeared in 12 games (nine starts) with 519 receiving yards and four touchdowns during his rookie campaign in 2013.

Dobson was inactive for eight of the first twelve weeks of the 2014 season before injuring his hamstring against the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. On December 4, 2014, he was placed on injured reserve. With Dobson on IR, the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX after they defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.

Dobson was active for Week 1 against the Steelers on September 10, 2015. He played sparingly recording one reception for nine yards. In the second week, against the Buffalo Bills, he tied a career-high with seven catches, for 87 yards.[9] He recorded a 17-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady in a 20-13 win over the Bills in Week 11; on the play, he injured his ankle and had to leave the game.[10] He was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, and on November 26, 2015, the Patriots placed him on injured reserve, ending his season.

On September 3, 2016, Dobson was released by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts.[11]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 21, 2016, Dobson was signed by the Detroit Lions.[12] He was released on September 24, 2016.[13] On September 27, 2016, he was re-signed by the Lions.[14] He was released again on October 8, 2016.[15]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On January 5, 2017, Dobson signed a reserve/future contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[16] He was placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[17] He was released on September 6, 2017.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

2013 NE 12 37 519 14.0 43.2 81 4 6 2 25 1
2014 NE 4 3 38 12.7 9.5 16 0 0 0 2 0
2015 NE 8 1314110.817.62401090
Total 24 53 698 13.2 34.8 81 4 7 2 36 1


  1. "Dobson, Team USA roll". The Herald-Dispatch. July 7, 2009.
  2. "Time to be a leader".
  3. "Marshall Wins 2011 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl".
  4. "Herd Football Has Nine Named to All-Conference, All-Freshman Teams".
  5. Aaron Dobson "The Catch" on YouTube
  6. Ramspacher, Andrew (December 31, 2011). "Aaron Dobson's 'Catch' is one of ESPN's top plays of the year". The Herald-Dispatch.
  7. "Aaron Dobson-Marshall WR-2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  8. "Aaron Dobson Player Page". RotoWorld. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  9. "Aaron Dobson".
  10. "Patriots Notebook: Danny Amendola forced out with injured knee - The Boston Globe".
  11. "Patriots reach the 53-man roster limit". September 3, 2016.
  12. Lions sign free agent WR Aaron Dobson, place Ameer Abdullah on reserve/injured Script error, September 21, 2016
  13. "Lions sign LB Zaviar Gooden from practice squad, waive WR Aaron Dobson".
  14. "Lions re-sign WR Aaron Dobson".
  15. "Lions sign LB Steve Longa to active roster and activate DE Armonty Bryant". October 8, 2016.
  16. Urban, Darren (January 5, 2017). "Punter Richie Leone, Receiver Aaron Dobson Added".
  17. Urban, Darren (September 2, 2017). "Cardinals Make Moves To Reach 53-Man Roster".
  18. Bouda, Nate (September 6, 2017). "Cardinals Release WR Aaron Dobson From Injured Reserve With Settlement".
  19. "Aaron Dobson". New England Patriots. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.

External linksEdit

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