The NFL Trade Deadline is less than a week away and the New York Giants have a bye this week. Is there a better way to fill the time than with some trade speculation? So, let's name drop. Would little-used New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson make sense as a trade target for the Giants?
Dobson might make sense for the Giants, who have lost both Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan to season-ending injuries. The Patriots drafted him in the second round, 59th overall, last season. He started nine games, played in 12 and caught 37 passes. That's better production than the Giants' 2012 second-round pick, Rueben Randle, had in his rookie season. That year, Randle caught 32 passes in 16 games.
Dobson is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and only 25 years old. His size, youth and the comparison in production to Randle might make him attractive to the Giants. Not to mention the fact that he is on his rookie contract.
Then again, why aren't the Patriots using Dobson? He has been active for only three games this season, and it isn't like New England is loaded at wide receiver. Julian Edelman has 44 catches, but Brandon LaFell has just 19 and Danny Amendola five. It's not like LaFell and Amendola are keeping Dobson off the field by being tremendously productive.
There is probably little chance of this happening. Still, the Patriots aren't using Dobson and maybe the Giants could. Is it at least worth exploring?