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Bill Belichick: Phillip Dorsett had really good spring

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2018 - 1:56 pm

It's hard to get praise in the media from Bill Belichick, but Phillip Dorsett was singled out by the head coach on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

The coach was summing up the wide receiver position this year and within the answer singled out Dorsett for his work this spring.

"[Cordarrelle] Patterson and [Jordan] Matthews and even [Kenny] Britt, who we didn’t get until December, those guys are way ahead of where they were last year, in Britt’s case, or earlier in the spring," he said in an interview that will air Monday afternoon. “And I’d say even the same thing for Phil Dorsett. Even though he was here last year, being able to start at the beginning, he’s had a real good spring, too. So, we’ll see how all those guys continue to do as we get into competition against our defense and the preseason games.”

Dorsett, who was acquired in the deal for Jacoby Brissett at the end of last preseason, didn't have many catches last year but could be primed for a bigger role this year with a full season under his belt. Through the first couple training camp sessions, he's lined up out of the slot in addition to on the outside, which didn't happen much last season.

With Julian Edelman out the first four weeks, perhaps Dorsett could see some of his snaps.

As for rookie Braxton Berrios, Belichick noted he has a long way to go.

"We’ll see how it goes with Braxton,” Belichick said. "He wasn’t able to do a lot for us during the spring, so this is really our first lengthy exposure to him in our system. So, we’ll see how that goes."

The rookie wide out is battling for a roster spot as a slot receiver and can also return punts.

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