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Belichick on Dobson's good preseason: 'We’ve seen that from him before'

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Belichick on Dobson's good preseason: 'We’ve seen that from him before'

FOXBORO -- Even Bill Belichick aknoweldges that the Aaron Dobson storyline that has materialized this summer is a familiar one.

On a seemingly annual basis, Dobson plays well in the spring and summer. We write about it. We wonder if this will be the year he puts it all together. Rinse. Repeat.

After a strong rookie campaign in 2013 -- one of the best seasons a rookie receiver has had under Belichick in New England -- Dobson has dealt with nagging injuries and played in just 12 games total in the last two years. 

On Monday, Belichick openly wondered if his former second-round pick could finally capitalize on impressive minicamp and training camp performances to turn those into regular-season production. 

"You know, Aaron’s had a good spring and a good few days here at training camp. I think we’ve seen that from him before," Belichick said. "I’d say Aaron just, for whatever reason, hasn’t been able to consistently be on the field and do it. You know, when he’s been out there he’s looked good a lot, but he hasn’t always been out there for one reason or another.

"Hopefully . . . I know he’s training hard, looks like he’s in good condition this year. Hopefully he’ll be able to stay on the field and continue to improve. I think that’s really the key, you know, it’s not just being healthy, but being healthy to practice and improve. And Aaron’s worked hard, he’s made some good catches, so hopefully he keeps climbing in that direction."

Dobson has had an opportunity at seeing plenty of reps this summer as the top of the receiving depth chart is a bit banged up: Both Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola remain on the physically unable to perform list; Chris Hogan appeared to suffer a shoulder injury on Sunday that kept him out of Monday's practice; Keshawn Martin has missed each of the last two Patriots training camp practices; and Nate Washington has not practiced since the first day of camp, when he became ill at the end of the session. 

Because Edelman, Amendola, Hogan and third-round pick Malcolm Mitchell are seemingly locks to make the 53-man roster, Dobson could be in competition with Martin, Washington, Chris Harper, DeAndre Carter and Devin Lucien for one roster spot. He does not have the special-teams ability that some of those players do -- Martin, Harper and Carter have all been used as returners -- but Dobson does have a physical advantage over those players with his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. 

The question is can he remain healthy and show enough consistency in his performance to warrant a spot on what should be a very deep position group? Even his coach is wondering. 

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Tom Brady apparently wasn't lying when he suggested his toe injury is nothing to worry about.

The 42-year-old quarterback wasn't listed on the New England Patriots' final injury report Friday ahead of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs after popping up on Thursday's injury report with toe and elbow injuries.

The Patriots officially ruled out center Ted Karras (sprained MCL) and defensive lineman Byron Cowart (head) for Sunday's game, while the Chiefs will be without running back Damien Williams and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Rashad Felton.

New England listed six players as questionable for Patriots-Chiefs, including wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (illness).

The good news for the Patriots is the flu bug appears to have stopped spreading; backup quarterback Cody Kessler wasn't on Friday's injury report after appearing on Thursday's report due to illness, leaving Cannon as the only player still under the weather.

Here are the full injury reports for both teams entering their Week 14 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

OUT
DL Byron Cowart, Head (DNP)
OL Ted Karras, Knee (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed.

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee (LP)
OT Marcus Cannon, Illness (LP)
S Patrick Chung, Heel (LP)
WR Julian Edelman, Shoulder (LP)
CB Jason McCourty, Groin (LP)
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle (LP)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

OUT
CB Morris Claiborne, Shoulder (DNP)
CB Rashad Fenton, Hamstring (DNP)
RB Damien Williams, Rib (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
DE Frank Clark, Shoulder/Illness (DNP)

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