So far he's been an underachiever, so the jury is still out this kid's future
Ravens TE Dickson could have bigger role as pass-catcher Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 5:21 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri Jun 7, 2013. By Matt Zenitz Times Staff Writer
Yes, the departure of Anquan Boldin has created an opportunity for some of the Baltimore Ravens’ young wide receivers to carve out bigger roles in the Ravens’ offense, but it’s likely to bring about more opportunities for Baltimore’s tight ends as well — not only Dennis Pitta, but also Ed Dickson.
“Obviously, there is a void to fill in that regard,” Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said after an organized team activity (OTA) practice last week, “but we have some very, very capable people that can step in and do the job. …
“Within our passing game and the way in which it’s structured, we have some weapons almost at every position — obviously out of the backfield, and not only out of our backfield, but our two tight ends — Ed [Dickson] and Dennis [Pitta] are really, really fine players. … There will be a number of guys that I think will be able to step up and make a few more plays for us.”
Said Dickson: “Losing a guy like Anquan, it hurts, so, collectively, we have to all pull together. We’ve got a couple young guys coming in there [at wide receiver] … and you can always put myself or Pitta in that position, so we’re trying a whole lot of things and we’re [going] to work it up through camp and then be rolling the first game.”
Dickson was the Ravens’ third-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He had 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 2011, but his role diminished last season as Pitta emerged as a key part of the offense.
Dickson still started 14 of the 17 games he played in, including the playoffs, and he was on the field for nearly 50 percent of the Ravens’ offensive snaps, but he had just 21 catches for 225 yards without a touchdown in the 13 games he played in during the regular season.
Ravens tight end Ed Dickson could miss some time with hamstring tear Harbaugh doesn't expect tight end to be sidelined for long By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun 7:46 p.m. EDT, August 5, 2013
A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed Monday that Ravens tight end Ed Dickson has a small hamstring tear, an injury that isn’t believed to be too serious but is magnified with Dennis Pitta already out for the season.
Dickson, who missed three games and battled injuries all last season, sustained the hamstring tear during practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
“There’s a little tear in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re going to hold him back for a week or so and we’ll see where we’re at. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
Harbaugh said that he expects Dickson, who caught 21 passes for 225 yards in 13 games last season, to be ready for the Ravens’ Sept. 5 opener against the Denver Broncos.
Dickson, however, will miss Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Ravens with only fourth healthy tight ends. That group is headed by veteran Visanthe Shiancoe, who was signed last week after Pitta suffered the season-ending hip injury, and also includes Billy Bajema, Alex Silvestro and undrafted rookie free agent Matt Furstenburg (Maryland).
“We have enough tight ends to get us through Thursday for sure,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll be fine. We [may] have to address it then, depending on how we get out of that game.”