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Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) confirms he's "optimistic" he'll be ready for training camp.

Dobson sat out the Patriots' entire offseason program, but is finally progressing. "It's doing better, man," Dobson said Tuesday. "It's getting better every day. Every week it's getting better, so we're just going to see where it's at by the time camp starts." This being the Patriots, the only real updates we're going to get on Dobson is whether or not he's practicing, but his foot doesn't appear to be a long-term question mark.

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MassLive.com reports "there is now optimism" second-year Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for training camp.

Dobson has recovered slower than expected since going under the knife in March, but appears to have turned the corner. The odds-on favorite to suit up as Tom Brady's "X" receiver this season, Dobson will be a strong breakout candidate as long as his health holds up.

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The Boston Globe's Chad Finn said Patriots WR Aaron Dobson could emerge as a "downfield threat" if healthy.

The if healthy part is the only thing holding Dobson back. His recovery from March foot surgery progressed slower than anticipated, keeping him from building needed chemistry with Tom Brady during spring practices. Dobson should be ready for training camp, though, and is a great bet to play every down as New England's "X" receiver.

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Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) remains on track for training camp despite sitting out all of OTAs and minicamp.

Dobson has not suffered a setback since undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture on March 10. Instead, the Patriots decided to hold him out and let him gain more strength in the foot to guard against re-injury. Dobson remains one of our favorite breakout candidates as the heavy favorite to play every down as Tom Brady's "X" this season.

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Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) is considered "doubtful" to participate in the Patriots' June minicamp.

Dobson is over three months removed from March foot surgery. He's said to be "doing better," but his recovery has progressed slowly after originally receiving a 2-3 month timetable. Dobson finished his up-and-down rookie year with 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns. He's an intriguing sophomore-leap candidate, but the recurring foot injury presents a significant obstacle.

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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss says this is Aaron Dobson's "year to emerge."

We agree. The Patriots forced 151 targets to Julian Edelman last year out of desperation -- it's not something they want to make a habit of. Dobson is ticketed for an every-down role at the "X" spot, and at 6-foot-3 with sticky hands and 4.4 wheels he has the skill set to make a big impact as an NFL sophomore. The Patriots need him to be that outside threat.

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Former NFL Personnel man Gil Brandt says Aaron Dobson has "some special stuff about him."

Brandt notes that Dobson "has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands." We started to see some of that shine through in the middle of last season as he averaged 4.5 catches for 71.7 yards with three touchdowns between Weeks 6 and 9. Then a stress fracture in Dobson's left foot crippled him and led to March surgery. If healthy, he'll be a breakout candidate as a projected starter at the "X" spot.

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Aaron Dobson underwent surgery on Monday, March 10 to repair the stress fracture in his left foot.

Per beat writer Jeff Howe, Dobson's recovery timetable has been set at "2-3 months." Dobson battled the injury on and off throughout his rookie year, and it affected both his playing time and on-field effectiveness. Dobson is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver with sub-4.4 speed. He has breakout potential in 2014.

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The stress fracture in Aaron Dobson's left foot has still not healed.

So far, Dobson has just been prescribed with rest ever since the Patriots season ended back on Jan. 19. But if he doesn't show good progress in the next 10-14 days, a "procedure" is a possibility. He's now in doubt for OTAs, a concern for a second-year player that struggled to get on the same page with Tom Brady for much of last season. The Patriots desperately need the 6'3/200 Dobson to step up as a reliable weapon on the outside for Tom Brady. He has plenty of playmaking ability and will be a major 2014 breakout candidate if he can get his foot right.

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ESPN Boston calls Aaron Dobson's development a "critical part of the Patriots' passing game going forward."