FOXBOROUGH — “The Catch,” as it still is called in Huntington, W.Va., and Greenville, N.C., and points between, seemed an orthopedic and optical impossibility. Aaron Dobson, with an East Carolina defender all but welded to him, reaches back and around and plucks the ball one-handed in the corner of the end zone in what ESPN ranked second among its Top Plays of 2011. Slow it down, view it from three different angles, and it’s still a wonder of pigskin prestidigitation.
“It was fun,” says the Marshall wide receiver whom the Patriots grabbed with their second pick in last month’s draft. “But I’m just kind of leaving that there.” The Catch is old-school now and all that matters is what Dobson can do when Tom Brady is throwing projectiles in his direction.