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Phillip Dorsett seems primed to fill Julian Edelman's void first 4 weeks of season

Ryan Hannable
August 25, 2018 - 12:31 am
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CHARLOTTE -- Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett has been one of the better players on the entire team during practices this summer, but it hasn't translated to the first two preseason games.

That changed Friday night.

Dorsett was a major part of the first-team offense, which played the entire first half, catching four passes on four targets for 36 yards. His play drew praise from Tom Brady following the game.

“Phil did a good job. He made some good plays,” Brady said. “He’s done a good job through the spring and training camp. He’s been dependable. He’s been out there. It’s been great to watch. We got him late last year and I think he’s been grinding it out trying to find a role. He’s done a great job with the opportunities.”

After being traded to the team from the Colts just before Week 1 last season, Dorsett is a different player this year. He's much more comfortable with the offense and now he's lining up both inside and outside after last year strictly being an outside receiver.

His four catches came all over the field -- over the middle, on the outside, and even a wide receiver screen.

“I do like lining up outside and inside," he said. "It makes us unpredictable. It keeps the defense on their heels. I pride myself in trying to be an every-down receiver. A guy that can line up outside, inside, so that’s another one of those things I try to work on. Not just trying to be a downfield guy. Also running routes. Running the whole route tree. That’s a thing I work on a lot.”

With Julian Edelman out of the picture for the first four weeks of the year, Dorsett could be a player to see some of his targets, and games like Friday show he's capable of producing in a big way.

While Dorsett acknowledged he's in a much better spot than he was a year ago, he isn't getting complacent.

“I have come a long way," he said. "Like I said, I am still learning. I am learning a lot more every day, but I have a lot down. This offense is continually evolving and you can’t get comfortable because there’s always more stuff that is going to get thrown at you. I am just down to learn as much as I can.”

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