Tom Brady hoped all year the Patriots offense would get to the point at which everyone was healthy for consecutive weeks and the group could finally develop a rhythm.

It took until the final game in November for tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back Shane Vereen and wide receiver Danny Amendola to suit up in back-to-back games, but they’re in order for the stretch run, and that’s all that’s important to them.

The byproduct of that? Someone like rookie receiver Aaron Dobson, who was essentially forced to produce in a leading role early this season, can now capitalize on being the defense’s third or fourth priority on most plays.

“They definitely have rode away from me before, guarding the middle of the field because Gronk is back or seeing Shane is coming out of the backfield,” Dobson said. “We definitely have a lot of matchup problems for them. Wherever the defense rolls, I guess we’ve got to take advantage of who’s not getting doubled or whatever.”

Dobson has a team-high three touchdowns in the last five games, and his 22 receptions and 235 yards are second to Gronkowski (23 catches, 343 yards, two touchdowns) in that span. The Marshall product has produced as a No. 1 wideout, and that’s the dilemma for defenses that prefer to shadow the better-known commodities.

It must feel like a relief for Dobson after getting a pressure-packed workload at the start of his career, though he admitted it was a significant help.

“I feel like it was big,” Dobson said of the immediate starting-caliber roles for him and Kenbrell Thompkins. “We got a lot of experience starting early. It was hard at first. We definitely took a lot of heat. I feel like now, it definitely helped us and groomed us for where we are now.

“It was a big transition for us. We definitely had to step in and take on a lot. I feel like we did all right, but I feel like we’re just getting better. That’s what we need to keep doing, getting better.”

And now, the Patriots are more well-rounded in the passing game because of it. Rather than relying on two or three veterans, Brady is looking everywhere. Amendola, Dobson, Gronkowski, Vereen and Julian Edelman have each led the team in receptions and yards at least once this season, and Thompkins led the Pats in yards once.