Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8:23pm
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.
The Ravens are dealing with this camp nightmare right now after the team announced Monday that tight end Ed Dickson has a slight tear in his hamstring. This happened eight days after starting tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a season-ending dislocated hip.
Coach John Harbaugh classified this as a minor injury, and the Ravens need him to be right. The defending Super Bowl champions are 31 days removed from opening the season at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.
“We’re going to hold him back for a week or so, and we’ll see where we’re at,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “We’ll try to get him healthy. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
Many envisioned the Ravens using a two-tight end attack with Pitta and Dickson, but with Pitta done for the year and now Dickson banged up, the Ravens are down to just Visanthe Shiancoe. As the story points out, it's been 20 months since Shiancoe caught a pass in a regular-season game. It's been four years since he had over 50 receptions in a season. With the signing of Vonta Leach, rookie FB Kyle Juszczyk will focus on improving as a receiver as well.
Last year, Ravens TE Ed Dickson was sometimes flexed into the slot or occasionally split out wide, but he more often was a traditional in-line tight end with his hand on the ground. Dennis Pitta, who is lost for 2013 with a hip injury, was more of a receiving tight end and spent a lot of time lined up like a receiver. With Pitta gone, Dickson has been taking on that role.
Visanthe Shiancoe, meanwhile, appears to have stepped into the role that was intended for Dickson, though Shiancoe has also lined up away from the offensive line in spread formations at times.
Dickson took a back seat to Pitta in 2012, but back in 2011, he was the top target TE for the Ravens, catching 54 passes for 528 yards and five TDs. We would expect that to be his floor now that the Pitta is out of the picture. He wasn't terribly efficient in his targets, but he has some speed (4.59 40-yard dash) and can stretch the seam. He's in a contract year, so he'll be motivated, and should have plenty of opportunity in the Ravens' offense with Pitta gone for the season and Anquan Boldin playing on the West Coast.
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 5:11pm
Ravens GM Newsome didn't waste much time Sunday making a move to bolster the team's tight end depth chart. Veteran Visanthe Shiancoe, who visited Baltimore's training camp on Friday and watched practice with Newsome, was signed to a one-year deal and took part in a portion of the Ravens' afternoon practice.
Shiancoe, who was with New England for a handful of games last season, may not be Baltimore's only addition at tight end this summer. As Newsome took pains to point out, the Ravens have been known to wait until late in the preseason to make a significant move or two, and might do so again.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:45pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 9:21pm
TE Visanthe Shiancoe has signed a 1-year deal with New England.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 12:26pm
If the Shiancoe work out went well -- and signs point to that being the case -- the Eagles could have him under contract before the rest of the team reports to training camp on Wednesday.
Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:57pm
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 8:41pm
Carlson showed promise in his first two seasons, posting 55-627-5 and 51-574-7 in his rookie and sophomore years, respectively. But the Seahawks acquired Zach Miller last summer, and Carlson's usage dropped. He finished with just 31 receptions for 318 yards and a TD in 2011. The signing is somewhat curious given the fact that the Vikings already have a talented young TE on the roster in Kyle Rudolph, who caught 26 passes for 249 yards and three TDs playing behind Visanthe Shiancoe. Carlson's arrival puts a dent in Rudolph's sleeper value.
Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:31pm
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