The Patriots had two high-profile free agent visits on their schedule on Monday, in running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Malcolm Butler. As it turns out, a third player was also in the building, but slid under the radar.
According to the league wire, the Patriots also hosted 27-year-old quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Monday as well. Dobbs’ visit wasn’t listed as a free agent visit, but a tryout.
Dobbs was a fourth-round pick by the Steelers out of Tennessee in 2017. He’s spent time with both Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, mostly as a backup. In six career games, Dobbs has completed 10 of 17 passes for 45 yards.
Although it’s unlikely there’s anything immediate in the works between Dobbs and the Patriots, bringing him in at some point would make sense. The Patriots generally like to have four quarterbacks in camp and have just three on the roster right now (Mac Jones, Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham). Dobbs’ high football IQ (that’s not just in football by the way – he has his degree in aerospace engineering and works with NASA in the offseason) and dual-threat style (he ran for 831 yards his senior year of college) would make him a valuable asset both as a camp arm and on the scout team.
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