The Patriots placed Dawson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury coming out of the preseason before recently designating him to return.
Dawson, 22, was selected with the No. 56 overall pick in the second round after the Patriots traded up with the Buccaneers. He agreed to a four-year, $4,704,282 contract with the Patriots that includes a $1,501,296 signing bonus.
During his four-year college career at Florida, Dawson recorded 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, six interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, 17 pass defenses and two forced fumbles.