Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 3/70 -- Ed Dickson, TE, 6-4, 250, Oregon, Dickson has the chance to become the heir apparent to Todd Heap, whose career has been on the decline. One of the best pass-catching tight ends in the draft, Dickson has the speed to stretch defenses. His lack of bulk will hurt him as a blocker. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Ed Dickson News
03/12/15 - Tight end Ed Dickson signed a three-year deal to return to the Carolina Panthers Wednesday (March 11), eschewing interest from the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.
"I'm heavily rooted in my immediate family and being here felt like family," Dickson said Thursday. "From (owner) Mr. (Jerry) Richardson to (general manager) Dave Gettleman to (head coach) Ron Rivera, there is great leadership and that trickles down into the locker room with the leaders on our team. I'm excited to continue to work with the guys in the tight end room on and off the field. I feel honored to play with those guys again and have (tight ends coach) Pete Hoener coaching us."
Dickson played in all 16 regular-season games with 10 starts in 2014. He played tight end before filling in the final three games for injured fullback Mike Tolbert. Dickson totaled 10 catches for 115 yards and one touchdown. Dickson started both postseason games for Carolina, catching three passes for 67 yards (22.3-yard average).
"Down the stretch, Ed played a very valuable role for us," head coach Ron Rivera. "Ed brings us that second tight end threat. He's a guy that can both block and catch effectively. He and Greg Olsen give us a very good tandem. Ed showed his versatility when Mike Tolbert went down by being able to line up at some of the fullback positions too. That was very vital to allow (offensive coordinator) Mike Shula to continue to call the games the way he wanted to. We were still able to run a lot of '21-personnel' plays that required a fullback."
Dickson was the 70th overall pick in 2010 of the Baltimore Ravens and played his first four seasons (2010-13) with the team before joining Carolina. His best season came in 2011 when he posted career highs in starts (16), receptions (54), receiving yards (528) and touchdowns (five). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens after the 2012 season.
03/08/15 - TE Ed Dickson, unrestricted FA update, finally got himself more involved in the passing game late last season. After four years in Baltimore, he set career lows in receptions (10) and receiving yards (115). It's tough to judge him for the chunk of the season he had to spend playing a hybrid tight end/fullback role while FB Mike Tolbert was out, and it's likely the Panthers will bring him back.
12/29/14 - TE Ed Dickson scored his first touchdown since Dec. 8, 2013, when he was with the Baltimore Ravens.
12/22/14 - TE Ed Dickson had a season-high 44 receiving yards. His 34-yard reception was his longest since he had a 43-yarder for the Ravens in Week 5 last year.
10/06/14 - TE Ed Dickson caught his first two passes of 2014.