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.
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.