Aaron Dobson

Patriots hope Street will succeed where Dobson failed

Patriots hope Street will succeed where Dobson failed

FOXORO -- When the Patriots released Aaron Dobson, they said goodbye to potential unfulfilled but also the tallest wideout on their roster.

That’s part of what made Dobson such a tease. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Dobson had a head on pretty much every other receiver on the roster. Combining that with long arms, terrific leaping ability and good body control and you understand why the Patriots hoped Dobson would put it all together. He shoulda been good. But he’s not, so he’s gone.

Enter Devin Street. At least to the waiting room.

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The 6-3, 190-pound former Cowboy was signed to the Patriots practice squad, which was officially announced on Monday. Drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of Pittsburgh. He’s got the same dimensions as Dobson and according to ESPN’s Cowboys reporter, was viewed as the third-best wideout in the draft by Dallas in 2014.

That Street disappointed in Dallas similarly to the way Dobson did in New England means all projections should be done with caution. He caught 7 of the 13 passes thrown to him last year for 125 yards and a touchdown. But that was with an assortment of less-than-sharp Tony Romo-replacements at quarterback.

Just catching up with his Pitt highlights, he will work over the middle and is faster after the catch than Dobson. He’s very lean, though, and we’ll see if that hampers his ability to get off the line of scrimmage. 

For the immediate future, Street will probably run scout team stuff for the Patriots in preparation for the Cardinals. Arizona’s got big wideouts; Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown are all 6-3 and the Patriots don’t have anyone on the roster to replicate that size.

Street will have a while to make an impression down there on the practice squad.

Dobson, meanwhile, remains unattached.

Talented but inconsistent to the end, WR Aaron Dobson cut by Patriots

Talented but inconsistent to the end, WR Aaron Dobson cut by Patriots

Earlier in camp, Bill Belichick called the Patriots’ wide receiver competition as good as he could recall. 

Now, a month later, the team is heaving the wideouts that didn’t make it overboard.

Aaron Dobson and DeAndre Carter have both been let go, according to a source. Dobson, a second-rounder in 2013, was plagued by injuries and a less-than urgent playing style during his three seasons with the team.

The past two preseason games summed up the Dobson experience nicely. Against the Panthers, he had some big-play receptions from both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. Dobson followed those up in the final preseason game with a half-hearted blocking effort on a wide-receiver screen on the game’s first play, being easily run through on a target by Brady that turned into a pick and a falling 38-yard reception.

Inconsistent to the end, Dobson will likely find a job somewhere by the beginning of the week.

Carter, who went undrafted in 2015 and was with the Ravens, was signed to the New England practice squad last January. The Sacramento State product is a likely practice squad addition once he passes through waivers.

The Patriots now have Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan at wideout. 

Among the other cuts as the Patriots get down to the final 53-man roster by 4 p.m. Saturday:

RB Tyler Gaffney, TD Markus Kuhn and WR Keshawn Martin.

DL Geneo Grissom, a former third round pick. 

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill.

CB Cre'Von LeBlanc.

RB Joey Iosefa. 

OL Chris Barker.