Ed Dickson has taken his talents to Seattle where he'll try to replace Jimmy Graham as one of the Seahawks' top tight ends. Dickson had a splendid chance to showcase himself last season when he took over for Greg Olsen in Carolina, and he scored once and failed to get even 500 yards for the sixth straight season. Don't draft him -- if he gets off to a hot start this fall, expect to find him on waivers
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Dickson isn't making much progress in his recovery from a quadriceps injury, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Dickson has been on the non-football injury list for all of training camp with what was initially reported as a groin injury. It turns out he's actually dealing with a quad issue, but the bigger takeaway is that he doesn't seem to be nearing a return to practice. Nick Vannett is working as the No. 1 tight end in Dickson's absence, notably catching two of three targets for 20 yards and a touchdown (all on the opening drive) during last week's preseason opener against the Colts. Dickson may find himself relegated to the second spot on the depth chart even if he makes it back for Week 1, which is far from a sure thing.
Dickson (groin) will be placed on the Non-Football Injury list for the beginning of training camp, Derek Lewis of 247 Sports reports. After initially being reported that Dickson would miss time to start camp, it's now clear that Dickson's injury is significant enough to warrant him being kept off the 90-man roster for the time being. The setback will mean the potential Week 1 starter doesn't have a chance to solidify a role for himself early on, opening the door for Nick Vannett or Will Dissly to work their way up the depth chart the next couple weeks.
Dickson will miss some time during training camp due to a groin injury, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. Dickson projects to be one of the Seahawks' top tight ends in 2018, but he'll miss some valuable time in what is his first training camp with the team. It doesn't appear as though he'll miss significant time with the injury, but he currently is without a concrete return timetable.
Dickson is joining the Seahawks on a three-year contract that has a maximum value of $14 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. 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 be 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 at the position.
Dickson finished with 30 receptions (on 47 targets) for 437 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
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|3 Year Avg||31||19||231||1||13||12.16||29|