Dobson: I don't put too much on my shoulders

Dobson: I don't put too much on my shoulders
January 17, 2014, 3:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- Aaron Dobson is officially listed on the Patriots practice and participation report as "Questionable" for Sunday's AFC Championship game.

The receiver missed last weekend's divisional playoff against Indianapolis, the first postseason game of his NFL career, with a foot injury.

"It was hard, you know, just to watch my team battle without me," he admitted Friday. "But they pulled it out so I’m glad I have the opportunity to get back on the field this Sunday."

Dobson first suffered a fracture in his left foot in New England's November 24 win over Denver. The injury forced him into a walking boot and sidelined him for the next three games.

He returned December 22 against Baltimore. It was a modest showing -- one catch for 21 yards -- and he doesn't try in retrospect to deny working out some kinks.

"It’s definitely hard to not play and then just go out there and then leave where you left off. So, there’s definitely a little rust you have to knock off but it’s nothing too crazy.

"It was just getting a feel for the game and getting back on the field. Just sitting out for a while, [you have to] just get the timing back right [and] just things of that nature."

Dobson only got in one more game before re-injuring the foot in New England's season finale. He only got back to practice Wednesday of this week.

"I feel like I stayed prepared mentally," he insisted. "I took a lot of mental reps when I wasn’t out there on the field, you know keeping up on my playbook, so I feel like I’m right where I want to be."

The 6-3, rangy receiver has catches of 39, 59, and 81 yards among his 37 total receptions for 519 yards. If Tom Brady wants to look deep down field, Dobson is the surest target. And there may be opportunities for him in Denver with top Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. going on injured reserve this week.

Is the rookie feeling pressure to come back in a big way Sunday? He won't say, if so.

"I just try to go out there and do my job. I don’t try to put too much on my shoulders. I just have to go out there and do what I have to do and do what I have to do to help the team."