Browns Add Ed Dickson to Tight End Target List
The Cleveland Browns have an obvious need at tight end. According to reports, Ed Dickson has joined the list of players at that position that the Browns have talked to. Jordan Cameron has been the Browns top tight end for a number of years but is unlikely to return. Interestingly, we haven’t heard of much interest in Cameron so far in free agency.
Dickson on the other hand, according to two reports this morning, is someone the Browns hope to bring in:
Fowler had it first and MKC has backed up his report. As Cabot state, Dickson spent his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens. They thought he and Dennis Pitta would give the team a unique pair of tight ends that could really cause damage in the middle of the field.
While Pitta played well, Dickson was not able to really grab hold of a role with the Ravens. Hope was that he would be a big, athletic receiving tight end. Instead, outside of 2011 when he had 54 receptions, he hasn’t topped more than 25 catches in the other 4 years of his career. Not a great return for the Ravens given that Dickson was a 3rd round pick.
Last year, his first year with the Panthers, his stats were nothing to call home about. He had 10 catches for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. His hands have been a big concern most of his career. In 2013, his last with the Ravens, he dropped almost 17% of the catchable passes thrown his way, via PFF. He does use his frame, 6’4″, as a good in-line blocker.
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That is where Dickson would fit well for the Browns. He is strong enough at the point of attack and athletic enough to get out in front of plays to block. While not the high end pass catcher, the move tight end, the Browns also need, Dickson would be useful. Cost should not be an issue given his limited hands.
While Dickson isn’t the high end type of player that fans want to hear about, he is exactly the type of player that the team still needs. Dickson will be a nice compliment to whatever move tight end they find, either in free agency or the draft. It won’t matter what order they are brought in. The team needs both.
What do you think about Ed Dickson as an in-line tight end for the Browns?