We haven't see Patriots second-year wideout Aaron Dobson perform in a preseason game this summer, but that should change Thursday.
Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Dobson has traveled with the Patriots to New Jersey for their game against the Giants and is expected to play.
Dobson is recovering from an injury to his left foot that kept him out of training camp practices until Aug. 11. After dealing with the injury for the bulk of the 2013 season, then hoping that it would heal on its own this offseason, Dobson had surgery in March to help heal a fracture.
Dobson had been on the field as part of a rehabbing group of players through OTA and minicamp workouts in the spring, and he appeared to move fluidly when he did finally begin participating in practices two-and-a-half weeks ago.
We'll keep a close eye on Dobson tonight as he sees his first game action of 2014. After an up-and-down rookie season -- which he finished with a relatively impressive 37 catches for 519 yards and four scores -- Dobson says he has remained up on New England's playbook going into his second year. Despite his missed time on the field this summer, Dobson explained, his timing in the offense shouldn't be effected because of the mental reps he's taken off the field.
Because rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start against the Giants, we won't have an opportunity to see how Dobson's chemistry with Tom Brady has progressed since last season, but the game should still provide Dobson with valuable reps before Week 1 in Miami.
With Dobson out, Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell have received the majority of the outside-the-numbers receiving reps with Brady.