Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
4 months ago

Dickson is joining the Seahawks on a three-year contract that has a maximum value of $14 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Jimmy Graham off to Green Bay and Luke Willson still unsigned, the Seahawks need to replace their top two tight ends from the past three seasons. Dickson primarily served as a blocker while playing all 64 regular-season games during his four-year stint in Carolina, but he did show a bit of receiving ability last season when Greg Olsen missed nine games with a foot injury, memorably exploding for 175 yards Week 5 in Detroit. Dickson nonetheless finished the year with only 30 catches for 437 yards and one touchdown on 47 targets (9.3 YPT). He'll 31 in July and hasn't topped 30 catches or two touchdowns in a season since posting a 54-528-5 receiving line (on 89 targets) for the Ravens in 2011. The Seahawks still have work to do at tight end, where lead-footed Nick Vannett (back) and converted quarterback Tyrone Swoopes are the only other players on the roster.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
6 months ago

Dickson finished with 30 receptions (on 47 targets) for 437 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson went for more yardage than in his previous three seasons with the Panthers combined, making for his second-best overall campaign since entering the league in 2010. The 30-year-old's uptick largely came as a result of starter Greg Olsen missing nine games due to injury. Furthermore, most of Dickson's damage was done in one game -- his five-catch, 175-yard shredding of the Lions in Week 5. Although context is needed to explain his success, Dickson's improvement couldn't have come at a better time, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
7 months ago

Dickson will settle back into a reserve role at tight end Sunday against the Vikings with Greg Olsen (foot) cleared to return to the lineup, Jared Allen of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen's eight-game absence due to a fractured right foot has allowed Dickson to gain more traction in the passing game during his fourth season in Carolina, with the 30-year-old most notably breaking out for a five-catch, 175-yard outing against the Lions on Oct. 8. Dickson's production has tailed off precipitously since then, but after ceding the starting role to Olsen when the latter was activated ahead of Week 12, Dickson settled back in as the top tight end in last week's loss to the Saints after Olsen incurred a setback. Olsen has since returned to full practices Wednesday and Thursday, and with head coach Ron Rivera already stating that Olsen won't be on a "pitch count" with his snaps versus Minnesota, according to Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site, Dickson will naturally see his own usage diminish.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
7 months ago

Dickson caught both his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson got the start at tight end with Greg Olsen (foot) back on the sideline, but the veteran couldn't get much going. Although he hauled in the only two looks his way, Dickson hasn't topped 40 yards since his Week 5 outburst, and seems unlikely to do so once Olsen is consistently available again.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
7 months ago

Dickson is expected to start in place of the inactive Greg Olsen (foot) on Sunday at New Orleans.

EDGE Analysis

In nine starts during Olsen's time on injured reserve, Dickson caught at least three passes six times, surpassed 30 yards on four occasions and scored one touchdown. While not overly impressive, Dickson could be a decent fill-in versus a Saints defense that has given up three tight-end TDs over the last four games.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
7 months ago

Dickson is expected to serve as the Panthers' starting tight end Sunday against the Saints with Greg Olsen (foot), who is listed as questionable for the contest, appearing unlikely to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Olsen avoided structural damage to his surgically repaired right foot upon returning from an eight-game absence last week, he exited the Panthers' win over the Jets early while experiencing soreness and will likely be held out while the team plans on turf in New Orleans on Sunday. That should pave the way for Dickson to resurface as a key part in the Panthers' passing attack, which had been the case while Olsen was sidelined. During Olsen's eight-game absence, Dickson corralled 23 of 35 targets for 356 yards and a touchdown.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
8 months ago

Dickson caught one of three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 35-27 win over the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson's reception saw him top Greg Olsen's one for 10 yards, and although Olsen was forced to withdraw early from his return from injury, if Carolina's top tight end is able to shake off the rust, Dickson figures to slide down the pecking order in the coming weeks.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
8 months ago

Dickson's teammate Greg Olsen (foot) is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Jets, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson enjoyed a few big moments in Olsen's absence, including a memorable 175-yard explosion in a Week 5 win over the Lions. He piled up more yards in that one game than he had in any of his three previous seasons in Carolina, where he's long been limited to a blocking role alongside his prolific position mate. Dickson's solid work this season might push him out of Carolina's price range in the offseason, though his overall track record suggests he'll probably struggle to draw interest from teams in search of a starting tight end. He may have to settle for high-end backup money, which would allow the Panthers to at least take a shot at retaining him.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
8 months ago

Dickson nabbed three of five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 45-21 win over Miami.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson leaped for a seven-yard touchdown reception on a quick slant just before the half during Monday's game, his first score of the season. Week 5's explosion against Detroit aside, Dickson has been solid but unspectacular this season as he has seen an uptick in usage with Greg Olsen (foot) on the shelf. Those opportunities seem to be coming to an end with Olsen reportedly expected back for Week 12's game against the Jets.

Ed Dickson
TE SEA (7)
8 months ago

Dickson failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Dickson was part of an offense that only passed for 137 yards, which was distributed amongst three pass-catchers. With Dickson not being one of those, his streak of five straight games with at least three receptions was snapped. The veteran will look to bounce back next Monday night against the Dolphins.