Found May 06, 2013 on Pats 360:
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about Bill Belichick over the years is that he admires players that have excelled in two sports. In the most recent case, Belichick has recognized Aaron Dobson’s basketball background and told the media on Friday that it certainly was a plus in his scouting report, as basketball players tend to have “good hands.” Per the Providence Journal: I would say that, just based on my experience as a coach through the years, that basketball players, most have good hands. They have to handle the ball a lot. The ball is on them quick, tight passes and handling the ball in traffic and that kind of thing. Usually, when you get a good basketball player, those guys usually have pretty good ball skills in terms of handling the ball: strong hands in being able to keep it and quick hands, being able to snatch it and handle it cleanly and, hopefully, without losing it. The second-round draft pick out of Marshall wasn’t just recruited to play football at the NCAA level, but he was also a sought-after basketball recruit by some pretty big-time schools such as West Virginia. Dobson stands in at 6’3″ and certainly brings some much needed size to New England’s wide receiver corps. Not only does Dobson have great hands, as he didn’t drop a single pass this past season at Marshall, but he’s great in jump ball situations—hence his basketball background. There’s no question that Dobson has the physical attributes to succeed at the NFL level, but he needs to have right football IQ to flourish in New England’s very demanding and complex offensive attack. Originally published at

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