Ed Dickson Fantasy News
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.
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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
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.
Ed Dickson returns to practice
Monday, August 19, 2013, 5:12pm
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.
Monday, August 12, 2013, 9:31am
"You can't rush back those things," Dickson said. "I'm trying my hardest to get back out there. It kills me. I'm hard on myself. I want to get back out there today, but I don't want to go out and hurt the team and be out for weeks during the regular season.
"It's one of those things where you got to look back and see if you did all the right things to prevent the thing. You never know with a muscle pull. You have to make sure that you take care of it so it's not recurring all the weeks in the season. You have to make sure you're on top of those things. I'm pretty sure that we pinpointed it and we're just trying to get it as healthy as we can."
Ravens sign Dallas Clark
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 8:25pm
Clark always has been more slot receiver than traditional tight end. Now that he's no longer capable of consistently getting open down the seam, his value is limited.
Clark is now 34 and is coming off 47-catch season in Tampa Bay where he finished with 435 yards. With TEs Dennis Pitta lost for the season and Ed Dickson battling a hamstring injury, the Ravens are desperate for someone who can play the position and catch the ball. As the story pointed out, he struggles to get open, but the hope is he regains some fire under OC Jim Caldwell. There are going to be better fantasy options than Clark and this move could also mean Dickson's value takes a dip.
Ed Dickson has slight hamstring tear
Monday, August 5, 2013, 8:50pm
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.
Ed Dickson playing "move" TE position, as expected
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 1:44pm
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.
Tandon Doss looking to fill Anquan Boldin's shoes
Friday, August 2, 2013, 10:59am
Departed wide receiver Anquan Boldin and lost tight end Dennis Pitta were two of the Ravens’ masters at it last year. They were the chain-moving crew. Now that job may fall to wide receiver Tandon Doss, a player who’s unproven in that regard but may be increasingly thrust into that role.
“Third down,” Doss said, “I might take responsibility on shorter and intermediate routes, and getting to the sticks and stuff.”
He has good size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He has flashed one of the best sets of hands on the team, even though he had a couple drops in last year’s playoffs and has had a few more thus far in training camp. Perhaps best of all, he’s spent the past two years learning how to play Boldin’s position.
He’s had an up-and-down camp so far. At times, he’s made highlight-reel catches, including elevating over a couple defenders to haul in a tough snag in camp’s first practice. Flacco found him for a touchdown on the same two-minute drive. But Doss has also made more easy drops than he would like, and he said he and Flacco need to iron out some communication issues. That will happen with more reps, which he’s getting a lot of these days. He already feels a lot better than in years past, and has impressed his head coach.
“Tandon, to me, has looked good,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He made a number of nice plays down here in the competitive third-down period at the end. He had a lot of balls thrown to him, so there were a couple in there – I remember a couple drops – but I sure remember a lot of catches. He looks fast to me. He looks more explosive than he’s probably ever looked before.”
With the loss of Boldin and Pitta, there is a ton of opportunity in the Baltimore offense for a pass-catcher who can move the chains. Torrey Smith will be asked to a more diverse route tree, but his strength is going deep. Someone will have to pick up the underneath stuff. Ed Dickson will surely play a role, but Doss may as well
Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:05am
Tight end Ed Dickson will take on a larger receiving role now that Dennis Pitta is out for the season, and he made a couple of nice catches in the red zone, an area where Pitta was expected to be a key contributor.
Dickson has talent and certainly the confidence, but with Pitta done for the season, the Ravens will need him to be this reliable.
We now have Dickson ranked as a low-end TE2 on our list, coming in at 19th. He's looked good in the red zone through the early stages of camp, but we're not quite buying in to the fact that he'll end up with similar numbers we expected from Pitta, who was ranked in our top-10 before the injury.
Dennis Pitta expected to miss 2013 season
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:28pm
Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 5:13pm
TE Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip. Will miss at least the Denver game.
The Ravens were already short on pass-catchers and this certainly doesn't help. Hopefully for everyone involved, Pitta can return for Week 2 (Cleveland), but that remains to be seen and sounds like a best-case scenario. Pitta's draft stock may tumble, but presuming he's back somewhere around Week 2 or Week 3, he should still hold mid-round (10th/11th) value on draft day. Until there is more clarity about his recovery, it is probably a situation best avoided given some of the other options at tight end. Ed Dickson should see more looks with Pitta sidelined.