A couple of former New England Patriots were on hand at practice Monday, with former running back LeGarrette Blount and receiver Aaron Dobson each being spotted on the practice field taking in the session.
According to Belichick, the two appear to be exploring the possibility of becoming coaches.
“Well, they’re here as part of the Bill Walsh Fellowship,” explained Belichick. “I’m glad to have them, it’s great to have them here. They’re here to learn, observe, and they’re doing that. So, I’m happy to help them with their coaching careers. I’m sure there’ll be others around, too. Pat [Chung] was here last week, so yeah, it’s great to have those guys around.”
Blount has already been working in the coaching ranks, working with a youth football team out in Arizona. He did see his name in the headlines last October after getting into a bit of trouble thanks to an altercation he was involved in following one of those games.
The former NFL running back took full responsibility for the incident, and he’s since been quietly busy with off-field appearances as well as a highly-rated Patriots podcast with Boston Globe writer, Christopher Price.
Meanwhile, Dobson had been involved in Real Estate since walking away from football out in the desert in Arizona, but it looks like he’d also like to potentially work his way into the coaching ranks.
For those who remember, the former receiver’s career showed promise, but injuries ultimately plagued him. The former standout from Marshall was drafted in the 2nd round in 2013 and played three seasons in New England, including a pretty productive rookie season where he caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, as well as finishing with 6 passes of 20+ yards that included two that went for 40+. One of those came on his first career NFL reception against the New York Jets in Week 2, which was a 39-yard catch and run by the rookie for a touchdown.
A broken foot he suffered late in the year plagued him and played a part in keeping him from getting back to where he was as a rookie. It ultimately cut his career with the Patriots short, which was disappointing given the promise he showed in his first season.
Portions of the above appeared in this morning’s Patriots notebook, which is a daily column that features a variety of news and notes.
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