TE Ed Dickson - Seattle Seahawks
|6-4, 249||Born: 7-26-1987||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2010|
2018 Week 8 vs DET (2 / 2 / 54 / 1 rec)
The Tight End position will never be bountiful for the current Seahawks (just ask Jimmy Graham), but Russell Wilson spreads the ball out enough that Dickson could become relevant, especially as an end zone target. He caught one of two TD catches by tight ends in this game (the other, to Nick Vannett, was actually called back on a penalty), so this could be a situation in which neither can be relied upon on a weekly basis. But, having missed the first six games of the season to injury, this marked a pretty good start for Dickson, with perhaps a hint of things to come.
2018 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)
Dickson scored today, the winning touchdown no less, as he found a nice seam over the middle for the red zone catch. However, relying on the Seahawks TE position in fantasy football is a gamble of epic proportions. On one hand, the TE has a TD in each of the last four games. On the other, Vannett and Dickson have two each. Dickson is averaging barely over a single target per game; Vannett had an outlier of eight targets in one game, but otherwise is averaging barely over two targets per game. Both Dickson and Vannett continue to show reliable route running and hands, to go with their shared, low volume, red zone dependent role.
2018 Week 18 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Dickson had a pretty good day as an outlet receiver for Russell Wilson, and had five targets, which was second to both Lockett and Baldwin, who had six apiece. Dickson was especially successful early in the 2nd quarter, in which he got wide open on a play action call, for a big 26-yard gain. It may be a stretch to speculate on next year, but Dickson has shown excellent athleticism and hands since he's been back from injury (he sat out until week 8). At present, he's a desperation fantasy play and nothing more; but if the Seahawks were to utilize him a little more, he's certainly proved himself capable of putting up serviceable numbers.
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.
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 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 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 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 7 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson was unable to rekindle the magic of previous outings against the Bears, being held down by a stifling defense and an ineffective offense. The athletic tight end bailed his quarterback out on a couple of occasions by providing a big target at the sticks, but in general he was kept in to block as the pass rush threat steadily grew.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson was predominantly used as an outlet receiver against the Buccaneers, being targeted on quick-hitting routes underneath. A couple of Cam Newton's passes to the tight end could be described as 'hospital passes', as the trajectory of the football meant Dickson couldn't properly protect himself from the impending hit. Dickson contributed more as a blocker than a pass catcher in a game dominated by defense.
2017 Week 9 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson played an almost token role in the Panthers offense against Atlanta, only seeing one target the entire game. The pass came on a seam pattern down the left hash, and Dickson would have had room to roam had Cam Newton's pass not been aimed too high.
2017 Week 10 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
On a night the Carolina offense was firing on all cylinders, even oft-forgotten pass catching weapon Ed Dickson got in on the act. After Cam Newton missed him on a straightforward sideline pass that was floated too high even for the towering tight end to catch, Dickson got involved with some short catches and a nice grab on a corner route. It was his sprawling effort to haul in a zipped Newton pass in the red zone that was most impressive. Dickson ran a post route to box out the defender in coverage and bobbled the ball before securing it for a touchdown.
2017 Week 12 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
With Greg Olsen returning to the line-up, initially Ed Dickson became a forgotten man again. However, Olsen left the game in the second half as he was reportedly bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired foot. Dickson was targeted on a deep corner route in the first half on a pass that Cam Newton should have hit, but it was not accurate enough for his tight end. Dickson will have been disappointed with his attempt to convert a two-point play. Running a slant/flat combination with Devin Funchess, Dickson managed to get open ñ only for the Jets to tackle him short. It appeared as though he could have reached the ball out to break the plane.
2017 Week 13 vs NO (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
With Greg Olsen out against New Orleans, Dickson assumed the lead tight end role. However, Dickson saw only two targets, both with minimal impact. Outside of Dickson's Week 5 career day of 175 yards, he has struggled to separate from defenders or find yards after the catch opportunities. Greg Olsen practiced at the end of last week, pointing to a good chance to return in Week 14 against Minnesota.
2016 Week 1 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Perhaps in a nod to the Broncos' fearsome defense, Ed Dickson was utilized mainly as an in-line blocker and rarely asked to go out in pass patterns. Understandably, Greg Olsen was the primary target from Cam Newton, essentially eliminating any chance of a significant role for Dickson.
2016 Week 2 vs SF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The target of a pass that resulted in Cam Newton's lone interception, Ed Dickson had settled down between the hashes. An excellent play by Navorro Bowman to break on the ball sent it flying into the air and it landed perfectly in the hands of a 49ers player.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson almost hauled in a beautiful catch, sprawling to the turf for a low Cam Newton pass, but it caromed off his outstretched palm and fell incomplete. A penalty was called against the defender in coverage on Dickson on the play, gifting the Panthers a first down. With the Panthers in desperation mode, Dickson smoothly gathered in a zipped ball between the hashes on a deep dig, but was largely a non-factor as the passing offense sputtered.
2016 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
Ed Dickson played a larger role than he normally would against the Saints, as the Panthers were forced to open up the passing attack early. He operated in the short and intermediate range of the field, but his most impressive effort was his touchdown catch. The offense was set up on the doorstep of the end zone, and Newton faked a give to Jonathan Stewart behind him before rolling out. Dickson was the intended receiver on a lofted pass to the back of the end zone, but the Saints did an excellent job of knocking him off his pattern. Showing good presence of mind, Dickson regained his footing and sneaked into the back of the end zone, reeling in a great pass over the top from Cam Newton. Dickson was targeted in the end zone later in the game on a lofted pass, only to have it broken up.
2014 Week 16 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Making a cameo in an offense that doesn't normally call upon his services in the passing game, Ed Dickson produced the key catch to put the game out of reach for Cleveland. Dickson ripped down the seam with less than three minutes remaining in the final quarter and reeled in a perfect bullet pass from Cam Newton, trucking past the defender in coverage for a 34-yard gain.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Making more of a cameo in recent games, Ed Dickson reeled in Cam Newton's lone touchdown pass of the game. Lined up in a stacked formation in the red zone, Dickson ran a quick route in the flat and Newton quickly located him after diagnosing a coverage breakdown by Atlanta.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (4 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)
After making his presence felt with a redzone touchdown catch in the final week of the regular season, Ed Dickson continued his momentum. With the Panthers utilising a lot of max protect looks to combat the Arizona blitz packages, Dickson became a hot read for Cam Newton on quick, timing throws. Dickson ran a nice double move and beat his man against three-deep coverage, but Newton sailed the pass high and over Dickson's outstretched hands. The former Baltimore Raven was targeted a handful of times, but he finally connected with his quarterback for a 34-yard chunk after finding space behind the Cardinals' zone on a crossing pattern.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
The beneficiary of some patient play by his quarterback, Ed Dickson was able to find the soft spots in the Seahawks' zone at the sticks and present a big target. Newton duly obliged with a pair of passes his way, including a 19-yard scamper down the right sideline.
2013 Week 1 vs DEN (5 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson was as putrid as Dallas Clark. Great players and teams make great plays and Dickson didn't take advantage of his opportunity to make tough plays. Early in the game Dickson had a potential third down conversion jarred free by Mike Adams. He then couldn't haul in a low pass to pick up a first down. Dickson also failed to make tough catch down the seam. Dickson did make a nice sideline catch in garbage time.
2013 Week 2 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson dropped his only target on the first play of the game. Dickson is clearly a better blocker than Clark so he should continue to see more snaps but any passing game production should be considered a bonus until his hands become consistent.
2013 Week 3 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson caught a pass that was nullified by penalty but remains uninvolved in the passing game.
2013 Week 4 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson let a pass ricochet off his hands for an easy interception. Flacco rarely looks for Dickson and he has proved he is unreliable as a receiver
2013 Week 5 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson made a nice catch with outstretched arms for a gain of 43. Dickson fought for extra yards and picked up another first down on his other catch.
2013 Week 7 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson was hardly involved in the offense. Dickson converted a short third down off of play action. His other reception was against zone coverage when he was able to find the soft spot in the zone.
2013 Week 10 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson caught 3 of his 4 targets and looked better than usual. Dickson had some nice blocks on outside runs and the only target he didn't convert into a first down was a terrible interception by Flacco into double coverage.
2013 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson played a solid game against the Bears. Flacco missed Dickson early in the flat but the two were on the same page most of the day. Dickson found the soft spot in zone coverage in-between the linebackers and the free safety on a curl route picking up 16 yards.
2013 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson kept himself available for Flacco as he escaped the pocket and Dickson was rewarded with a catch and first down. Off play action Tyrod Taylor hit Dickson in the hands but he dropped it. The following play Flacco came back to Dickson as an outlet receiver in the flat and Dickson ran angry. HE turned the dump off into a 27 yard gain after breaking several tackles. Flacco found Dickson on a quick hitch against the blitz and Dickson picked up another 12 yards.
2013 Week 14 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Ed Dickson's role is only going to shrink. The Ravens want to use him as a blocker but he can't block anyone in the Rrung game. Dickson caught a touchdown off of play action as the Vikings seemed to lose track of him. Dickson made a grab late in the game on a comeback route for a gain of 7.
2013 Week 15 vs DET (3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson played the role of a reliable short throw target for Flacco. He ran a nice out route against man coverage to pick up a first down. Dickson caught passes in the flat and on a quick hitch over the middle.
2013 Week 16 vs NE (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson's play has improved since Pitta's return. He hasn't dropped a pass and looked like one of Baltimore's better pass catchers against the Patriots. Dickson made two nice grabs over the middle against the Patriots. The first was a comeback route against zone coverage to convert a third down. The second extended a drive on an out-breaking route facing man coverage. The Ravens don't call plays for Dickson but he is involved in the offense.
2012 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dickson caught Flacco's first pass, an easy reception on a slant that went for 23 yards, but didn't rear his head as a receiver again during the game.
2012 Week 3 vs NE (2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Dickson was an afterthought in the passing game.
2012 Week 4 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Played 40 snaps but wasn't involved in the offense.
2012 Week 5 vs KC (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Dickson made just one catch, in the third quarter, for an eleven yard gain. He is still clearly behind Dennis Pitta in the target pecking order, despite playing close to the same number of snaps.
2012 Week 9 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Dickson caught a wide open underneath pass off bootleg play action. He carried the ball forward well for a first down. The Ravens ran exactly the same play in the fourth quarter but Dickson was well short of the first down on that play.
2012 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)
In what has been a very non-descript season to this point, Dickson had his best game to-date. Flacco found Dickson down the seam with a perfect over-the-shoulder catch to convert third-and-long. The pair displays great chemistry on the play. On Dickson's other target, he got free after the catch for a long run down to the 5-yard-line after multiple missed tackles. Dennis Pitta remains the tight end of note in Baltimore, but it was a good sign for Flacco that Dickson stepped up with multiple good plays against Oakland.
2012 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
After Dennis Pitta sustained a concussion, Dickson saw all of the snaps at tight end. Dickson is primarily known for his blocking ability, but can serve as an outlet receiver in emergency situations. During his team's fourth drive, Dickson caught a short, emergency dump off pass for a two-yard gain.
2012 Week 16 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson managed only catch on a short gain on Sunday. He was ignored in large part due to the much better performance seen by teammate TE Pitta. The Ravens also could afford to run the ball a lot in this game and the passing game was dominated by more proven Ravens players. Pitta has proven to be the more consistent target for the Ravens and Dixon has a lot of work to do if he ever plans to change that.
2012 Week 17 vs CIN (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Dickson led the team in catches and receiving yards, serving as a valuable outlet for Taylor. At the end of the first half, Dickson caught a short hook and showed good power to shrug off the tackler and gain the 1st. Dickson then caught a ball in the flat and was unable to shake the tackler. In the second half, Dickson was given a big cushion and he was able to catch a comeback 15 yards downfield. Dickson was also able to catch a quick out beyond the 1st down mark, and throughout the game Dickson showed great hands and understanding of the coverage to get in a position where Taylor could get him the ball while on the run. Dickson also showed good power to hold on to the ball while getting hit hard and shrugging off first contact.
2012 Week 18 vs IND (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
On his lone target of the game, Dickson came wide open on a route in the flat. After a play-action fake, Dickson made the catch and gained big yardage without a defender in the area.
2012 Week 19 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Dickson has been a bigger factor over the past month than at any point earlier in the season. After catches two passes or fewer in the first ten games, then missed action with an injury, Dickson had six receptions in Week 17 and another three this week against Denver. Flacco found Dickson on a deep out route with good ball placement, but missed him on a similar route as well. Dickson had a play called specifically for him with a middle tight end screen, gaining five yards. Dennis Pitta is the clear primary option in the passing game from the tight end position, which limits Dickson's upside any given week.
2012 Week 20 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dickson dropped a pass over the middle when he was free on a crossing route that would have went for a first down. He appeared to extend to a point, before the wind caught the ball and it glided away from him.
2011 Week 1 vs PIT (5 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
With veteran Todd Heap gone, many wondered how the Ravens would utilize their young tight ends. They used them just as a team should use its athletes - as versatile chess pieces that allow the team to run or pass out of any formation on which they're used. Dickson was used on screens and down the field. His TD catch, as described earlier, was a thing of beauty. His athleticism allowed him to get behind the defense and fully extend to haul in the touch pass from Flacco. He also showed his athleticism on a deep seam route that would have resulted in a 20+ yard gain if not negated by a Baltimore penalty. Having players who can attack the seam puts a lot of stress on opposing defenses. Do they cover the seam, or do they stay outside on the rail with the speedy, vertical receiver? Dickson affords Baltimore a luxury not many teams have. He's almost "Aaron Hernandez Lite" in that regard.
2011 Week 2 vs TEN (6 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Dickson got CREAMED on one play across the middle, as Cortland Finnegan punished him with a vicious hit as the ball came his way. Dickson shared time with Pitta and the Ravens never really got him heavily involved in the gameplan.
2011 Week 3 vs STL (9 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Dickson also found the middle wide open, and continues to show impressive hands and agility for a big man. Dickson continues to integrate himself in the offense, and as did everyone, greatly benefitted from the opening up of the entire passing game.
2011 Week 4 vs NYJ (12 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Dickson was a constant target of quarterback Joe Flacco's early in the game and made most of his catches in the first quarter. He did create some difficult mismatches for the Jets' linebackers and safeties but like the other receivers, suffered through a terrible stretch where for two quarters Flacco couldn't complete a pass. Dickson is a solid player with great hands and athleticism, but he's only as good as his quarterback plays. Sunday night, Flacco limited Dickson's impact quite a bit. On his early catches he fought hard for extra yards and proved himself to be very tough to bring down.
2011 Week 6 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The less targeted of the Ravens tight ends, Dickson caught both of the catchable balls thrown his way. The remaining pass was overthrown and Dickson just managed to get a hand on it, but the tip landed it in the hands of a defender.
2011 Week 7 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dickson seems to be progressing into exactly what the Ravens are looking for, but for some reason it just doesn't seem to all come together. Dickson has all the physical skills and with his rookie year under his belt you have to wonder why the Ravens wouldn't try to incorporate him into the game plan more. During this showdown Dickson was mostly relegated to a check down option leaving his talents vastly under used.
2011 Week 8 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Like fellow TE Dennis Pitta, Dickson was a factor in the passing game throughout the game. He made a key third down grab over the middle, then slipped a tackle for a few more yards, on a third quarter reception that resulted in a 14-yard gain. And he nearly hauled in a deep ball down the seam, but the ball was barely knocked away at the last moment by the defensive back.
2011 Week 9 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Dickson had a big game in Week 1 against Pittsburgh, and the Steelers seemed determined to not let that happen again. Dickson was guarded by many Pittsburgh defenders and was often double-teamed. When not doubled, he was covered by Troy Polamalu, and there's an obvious hesitation to throw towards him. Dickson has tight end size with wide receiver skills, but his production won't match those skills consistently with Pitta's presence and Ray Rice being a great receiver out of the backfield as well.
2011 Week 10 vs SEA (14 / 10 / 79 / 2 rec)
Dickson had a great day, and made up in part for Baltimore's lack of downfield passing woes. He showed his athleticism with a nice leaping catch over the middle, holding on even as he's knocked sideways while airborne. At one point, he was targeted three times in a row, and caught each one. Not only did he get ahead of his man to catch the touchdown pass late in the game, but he could have had another, but was brought down at the one on an earlier red zone catch. The only question about Dickson going forward is how much the Ravens plan to get him the ball.
2011 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Dickson was targeted early but disappeared once the Torrey Smith show started. He made a nice catch in traffic on the left sideline and showed good agility on his screen catch.
2011 Week 12 vs SF (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Dickson showed good concentration to secure his catch in between two defenders.
2011 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Dickson was Flacco's primary target early in the game and did an excellent job with his opportunities. Twice on 3rd and long Dickson came up just short of the marker in the first quarter, but made but made a nice diving catch on the second nonetheless. The Browns had a difficult time covering Dickson deep middle with a linebacker and the big TE showed sure hands on his three catches.
2011 Week 14 vs IND (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Dickson wasn't heavily involved as this game was pretty much controlled by the Ravens, and they seemed to lean more on the running game than passing game. It seems that Pitta and Dickson share the TE work, making both very risky fantasy plays. Dickson is the more athletic TE so maybe when the Ravens face a more potent offense we could see more production for him in the offense.
2011 Week 15 vs SD (4 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Dickson was targeted in the end zone on a high pass that sailed over him when he was in one on one coverage. On the very next play, he went down the seam and hauled in the tough pass that was thrown into tight double coverage. He made the grab as the defender undercut him and it was a very impressive reception.
2011 Week 16 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
Dickson's TD came on a relatively simple route for a 5 yard TD. The defender never turned his head and didn't see the ball until it was in Dickson's hands for the score. After a nice catch in the second quarter, Dickson's day turned into a nightmare. He dropped two perfect passes from Flacco in the third quarter that both would have been large gains. Both passes hit him in the hands and it was hard to figure how he dropped them.
2011 Week 19 vs HOU (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Ed Dickson was targeted three times, but only caught one pass on a screen in a long third down situation. Dickson and Pitta's lack of involvement in the passing attack was a result of the Texans solid underneath coverage.
2011 Week 20 vs NE (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dickson came up small in this game, with a key drop to end a drive and a key false start penalty that took the Ravens out of Billy Cundiff's safe FG range late in the game. He has had a very poor second half of the season after starting out well ahead of Dennis Pitta.
2010 Week 2 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
He was targeted in the 2nd half once Flacco could not connect with his primary WRs. Dickson managed to make a nice move and get open for his 1 reception. He clearly is behind Todd Heap and will remain there for the rest of the season unless Heap is injured.
2010 Week 5 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 58 / 0 rec)
Dickson is a young rookie who led the Ravens in yardage in this game, although it all came on one long 58 yard jump ball. Flacco just set back and threw it up, and Dickson outjumped the receiver and hauled it in in basketball style. Not much more to it than that. Dickson looks the part of a big WR and this play highlighted his athletic ability that will no doubt come in handy in this offense.
2010 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Dickson, the rookie from Oregon, had a game to forget in this one. Drafted much more for his pass-catching abilities than his blocking abilities, Dickson was forced into a game plan that was much more suited for Todd Heap. He was like a square peg in a round hole because he was asked to block the always effective outside rushers of the Steelers. Even when he got out into coverage, Dickson had a bad moment. He dropped a beautifully lofted pass when the Ravens had caught the Steelers in a very bad scheme. Injured defensive end Brett Kiesel, coming off of a hamstring injury, ended up being the guy tasked with covering Dickson. Dickson clearly won the matchup and was streaking downfield. Flacco lofted the ball in, but Dickson bobbled it for what seemed like a full minute and dropped the ball seven yards later. He was also targeted on the failed 4th-and-2 that was the Ravens' last offensive play. It was not Dickson's fault, however. He made himself available in the flat, but Flacco left the pass short in the face of heavy pressure. Better times are ahead for this young player though. Should Heap miss any more time, the Ravens will adjust the gameplan to highlight Dickson's strengths and not expose him to any more mismatches like he faced while trying to block James Harrison in this game.
2010 Week 15 vs NO (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Dickson got the Ravens off of the right foot when he reeled in a short pas on third and long in the Saints end of the field and then broke a tackle and ran through some defenders for the TD. He also flashed speed in the open field on the catch and run and he should be in line for a bigger role as he develops next year.
2010 Week 17 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He had no receptions, but it was notable that the one deep ball Flacco threw went Dickson's way, and Dickson almost used his size and came down with it, but just wasn't able to. It will be interesting to see the development of Dickson into the 2011 season.