Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:13am
In four games, opposing tight ends have caught 33 passes for 395 yards against the Benngals. Last week against the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright victimized the Bengals’ defense for 185 yards on 11 catches and two touchdowns.
The writer believes Panther TEs could be key against the Bengals again this week and that's good news for Olsen and his owners. Olsen is officially listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but all indications are he's going to play. However, it's something to keep an eye on leading up to the game.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm
Ron Rivera said the Carolina Panthers plan to use their tight ends more in the passing game this season.
The Panthers added free agent Ed Dickson this offseason to go along with Greg Olsen, giving them a pair of receiving options at tight end similar to what they had in Rivera's first season in 2011 with Olsen and Jeremy Shockey.
"Absolutely," Rivera said when asked if the moved was designed to replicate three years ago. "You want that double threat."
Great news for Greg Olsen owners, but it's also not really a surprise since Carolina doesn't have a lot of big names at WR. On top of that, rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin just returned to camp but is likely a little behind. Olsen is ranked 6th on our TE list, but has an ADP of the 9th round, along with guys like Jordan Reed and Kyle Rudolph who also continue to get positive press in camp in terms of getting. They are turning into attractive targets at that point in drafts.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:45pm
The Panthers are lining tight end Ed Dickson outside like a wide receiver a lot in a two tight-end formation. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he's yet another big target for Newton. With Dickson, starting tight end Greg Olsen, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Jerricho Cotchery on the field the average height of the receivers is just under 6-4. With a quarterback who has a tendency to throw high at times that could come in handy. Regardless, judging by the number of formations Dickson is a part of, he will be a large part of this offense.
The Panthers are likely to go run-heavy given the state of their WR corps so it makes sense that they'd utilize two-TE sets. It will impact the number of snaps that the WR3 will eventually get, so we're eager to see how the WR pecking order shakes out. We're guessing it will be Jerricho Cotchery and Kelvin Benjamin, with Tiquan Underwood filling the Ted Ginn role.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:02pm
Dickson will back up Greg Olsen.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:33am
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11:18am
The uproar after Week 1 was how much the Baltimore Ravens missed wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and the Ravens certainly would benefit from his toughness and clutch plays. But the Ravens miss tight end Dennis Pitta much more than Boldin.
Pitta, who is on the injured reserve-designated for return list after injuring his hip in training camp, may have been the Ravens' leading receiver at this point. Now, the tight end position is one of the biggest weaknesses for the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Ravens have gotten little production out of Dallas Clark, Ed Dickson and Billy Bajema. The team is especially disappointed in Dickson. The Ravens' tight ends have scored no touchdowns and have produced no catches more than 20 yards. Pitta had seven touchdowns and eight receptions greater than 20 yards. Entering the season, the Ravens looked like they were in better position to handle the loss of Pitta more than the void left by the trade of Boldin. But undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown, who has filled Boldin's spot in the starting lineup, leads the team with three touchdowns, the story points out.
Monday, September 30, 2013, 6:02pm
Although Ravens TE Ed Dickson is big, strong and fast, his hands have been extremely suspect this season with his unreliability showing up again Sunday during a 23-20 road loss to the Buffalo Bills. Dickson allowed an accurate Joe Flacco pass to bounce off his hands for one of Flacco's five interceptions.
For the season, Dickson has caught only three passes for 25 yards and has dropped at least six passes.
It's been a rude awakening for Dickson and the Ravens, who have started him every week through four games and haven't given up hope that he'll snap out of this funk and start catching the football.
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 7:23pm
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 7:16pm
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 4:20pm
Dickson looks like he'll be a go for Week 1. He's got a pretty good matchup against Denver's 29th ranked defense against TEs, but he's only ranked 20th on our TE list, barely TE2 material. We're not seeing a big game from him to start the season.
Sunday, August 25, 2013, 12:47pm
It could also be a good sign that Ed Dickson has a shot to return for Week 1, or if not soon after.
Dickson appears ahead of schedule and could be back on the radar as a TE2 option in drafts. He wasn't expected to be ready Week 1. The team did sign aging vet Dallas Clark, who could steal some work away from Dickson if he proves to be effective.
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