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TE Ed Dickson - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 249Born: 7-26-1987College: OregonDrafted: Round 3

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Week 7: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Cam Newton had a forgettable outing last week after lighting up the league in his previous two games. Newton attempted a season and career-high 52 passes, completing only 28 of them for 239 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions--marking his second game of the year with three interceptions. Newton did not have a lot of help from his teammates here though as the rushing game was non-existent while two of his three interceptions came on quite fluky plays. Kelvin Benjamin had a decent outing as he was the top Panthers target, catching nine of his 13 targets for 99 yards. After a slow start to the season, Benjamin has now amassed 261 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. Devin Funchess was kept quiet last week with only 36 yards on three receptions as Benjamin out-targeted him for the first time since Week 2. Ed Dickson was targeted eight times here after his 175-yard explosion in Week 5, but he only managed to haul in half of those targets for 36 yards. Christian McCaffrey was the team-leader in the receiving category from a fantasy perspective with 10 receptions on 14 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. McCaffrey now has a receiving touchdown in back to back games. The Bears defense was highly opportunistic last week as they forced a fumble while picking off Joe Flacco twice for a combined 142 return yards--one of which was a 90-yard touchdown by safety Adrian Amos. The Bears have proven to be very solid against the pass, now ranked eighth in pass defense as they have allowed only 198 passing yards per game. The Bears have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They have not allowed over 235 passing yards since Week 1 against Matt Ryan--and that includes facing opponents such as Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers. While they did allow Rodgers to throw for four touchdowns, they have only allowed four total passing touchdowns in their other five games this season, including zero passing touchdowns last week against the Ravens. Adrian Amos has been outstanding over the top, and they have had a solid pass rush to keep the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Panthers offensive line may be returning Center Ryan Kalil this week, which would be a boost in their pass protection. However, based on the inconsistency of Cam Newton this season along with the effectiveness of Chicago's zone defense schemes, it should be an uphill battle for the Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs NO 59 1 8 0 0 0.8
4 at NE 62 3 62 0 0 6.2
5 at DET 66 5 175 0 0 17.5
6 vs PHI 82 4 36 0 0 3.6
7 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

After a breakout performance that had the football world talking, Ed Dickson came back down to earth with a thud against a stubborn Eagles defense. The Philadelphia pass rush forced Dickson to stay in and block on occasion, with the Panthers often opting to use he and a running back to chip the edge rushers. This diminished his role in the passing attack, where he mostly used as a check down option. Dickson came just shy of scoring a touchdown on a backside play action pass as he sneaked across the formation. However, a lofty pass due to Eagles pressure meant he had to wait on the football, allowing the pursuit to take him down.

2017 Week 5 vs DET (5 / 5 / 175 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson announced his intentions early with a beautiful adjustment on a seam pass thrown slightly behind him, attacking it with his hands for an 18-yard connection. Cam Newton went back to his athletic tight end with a perfectly zipped pass on a skinny post pattern, with Dickson nonchalantly shoving tacklers aside and trucking his way down the field for a 64-yard gain. The Lions defense was fooled by a well-crafted naked bootleg on 3rd and short; Newton rolled out left and, after faking a block, Dickson leaked out into his pattern. Nobody tracked the tight end, and it was a simple lofted pass for another chunk play. The Panthers continued to attack the middle of the field with Dickson, who made a couple more nice catches in traffic to give the offense a dimension it lacked the last couple of games.

2017 Week 4 vs NE (4 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson was far down the pecking order in the Panthers passing attack, but he performed admirably when called upon. The long-limbed tight end found room to roam between the New England linebackers and safeties on an 'over' route early, catching a zipped Cam Newton pass for a chunk play. On the next play, as Newton began to settle down, he found Dickson off play action for a 10-yard gain in the flat. It was down the seam that Dickson found space to exploit for most of the game, as the Patriots coverage was left wanting. He committed an unfortunate mental error on a straightforward shallow crossing route in the fourth quarter, but overall provided a solid option when needed.

2017 Week 3 vs NO (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

The absence of the steadying presence of Greg Olsen was keenly felt against the Saints. His backup Ed Dickson was an afterthought in the offense, not least because he was assigned a blocking role for the most part. The Panthers opted to utilise the skills of Christian McCaffrey as the short to intermediate target, with Dickson helping out in protection and rarely even getting out into patterns.

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Ed Dickson assumed the starting tight end role after Greg Olsen was forced to leave the game in the second quarter; the injury was later confirmed to be a broken foot. Dickson made a seamless transition with a beautiful leaping catch down the seam, absorbing a hit for his trouble. The struggles of the passing game had a downstream effect on all of Newton's targets, but it was his quarterback's lack of accuracy that hurt the most. On a key third down, Newton broke the pocket and had Dickson deep down the right sideline for what could have been a 25+-yard completion. Instead, the pass was lofted too high a reminder of last week against San Francisco and Dickson was unable to haul it in.


Latest News

Panthers | Ed Dickson does little Thursday (Fri Oct 13, 12:53 AM) - Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson had four receptions for 36 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 12. He was targeted eight times.

Our View: Dickson dropped an end zone reception and a red zone target, or he could have had a bigger night. He'll be a streaming tight end consideration against the Bears next week.
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Panthers | Ed Dickson shines in Week 5 (Sun Oct 8, 06:29 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson posted five receptions for a career-high 175 yards on five targets in the Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions.

Our View: Dickson got free multiple times and Cam Newton made excellent subtle throws to him, sometimes on the move. He has the demonstrated ceiling to be worth a bye week start and waiver wire add.
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