Aaron Dobson is getting the hang of things.

The rookie receiver had his best game to date last weekend against Miami, leading all Patriots with four catches on five targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. He now has 26 receptions for 324 yards in seven games this season.

"Aaron has worked really hard," Belichick noted Wednesday. "He’s had a good training camp; he’s had a good season in terms of improving every day. It’s certainly not perfect but things are getting better. He works hard to improve in the areas that we ask him to.

"He still has a long way to go but he’s definitely gained a lot of ground from where he was a month ago, two months ago, three months, the start of training camp."

Of the three rookie pass catchers New England brought in this past spring -- second-round pick Dobson, fourth-round pick Josh Boyce, the undrafted Kenbrell Thompkins -- Dobson appeared primed for immediate impact. The fact Tom Brady was bereft of reliable targets only helped his cause.

Missing time did not.

A hamstring injury kept Dobson out of spring workouts and New England's season opener. Being out of the game hurts any player who's new to a system. But sideline a player who's trying to transition from college to pro football and there's a chance he'll only end up playing catch-up.

"It was a lot coming in, there was a lot I had to learn," Dobson admitted. "It's definitely a hard offense. Me coming from college, it was totally different and the language is different. It took a lot for me to come in and know it. I've just got to stay in my playbook.