Dobson, Thompkins both out vs. Dolphins

Dobson, Thompkins both out vs. Dolphins
December 14, 2013, 10:30 pm
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MIAMI - For the second straight game, the Patriots will be without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.
 
The team announced Saturday night that both players were downgraded to out for the game in Miami.
 
Dobson’s been down with a foot injury since getting injured in the first half of the Broncos game. Thompkins has been dealing with a hip injury the past few weeks and had just one catch for 16 yards against Houston.
 
The Patriots will go into the game with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Josh Boyce and Austin Collie as their healthy wideouts.
 
Against a Miami team that is probably weaker against the run than through the air, the absence of Dobson and Thompkins and the loss of Rob Gronkowski may be mitigated somewhat by the game plan.
 
As for the overall performance of Thompkins and Dobson as rookies, their work has been encouraging. They have miles to go before they are close to being where, say, Deion Branch was as a rookie coming out of Louisville, but they have had very similar years statistically – 35 catches for 492 yards and four TDs for Dobson; 32 catches for 466 yards and four TDs for Thompkins. Dobson has been targeted 65 times in his 10 active games; Thompkins 69 times in 11 games.