Aaron Dobson: ‘You can’t ride the highs too much or the lows too much’
|09.18.13 at 3:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Aaron Dobson is keeping a level head.
The rookie receiver, who had three catches on 10 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL game last Thursday against the Jets, had some good moments, including a touchdown pass on his first professional target from quarterback Tom Brady. However, it was mostly downhill from there, as he hauled in just two of his nine other targets and had some ugly drops in the win over New York.
He said after practice Wednesday that he’s not reveling in the touchdown catch, just as he isn’t letting himself get too down after the miscues.
“You can’t ride the highs too much or the lows too much,” he said. “What happened last week happened, and I’m just trying to move on and improve and have a better game this week.”
Thanks in large part to the offseason departures of several familiar faces, as well as injuries to Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots are relying on their rookie receivers like never before under Brady. As a result, the quarterback has said the passing game remains a work in progress while the offense builds a chemistry together.
‘We’ve been doing, certainly, a lot of [bonding]. I can’t remember a year where we’ve spent as much time together as we’ve spent since the spring,’ Brady said Wednesday. ‘It’s going to pay off at some point.’
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver out of Marshall acknowledged that when it comes to building trust with the quarterback, it’s a process.
“It takes time. It’s obviously going to take time to get on the same page,” he said. “But we just have to keep improving, every day. Like I said, it’s going to take time to do it, but every day we have to work toward a common goal and get on the same page.”
One thing that has helped him is that he has two other rookie receivers to fall back on in Kenbrell Thompkins as Josh Boyce who are going through the same sort of growing pains that he’s had to endure.
“[We talk] all the time, man. All the time, we talk about what we’re doing out on the field, correction-wise. What [the coaches] feel like we should do. We just have to give each other advice, every day,” he said of his connection with Thompkins and Boyce. “We’re all going through the same thing. I feel like we’re just helping each other out and improving along the way.”