Ed Dickson
Ed Dickson
31-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Seattle Seahawks
NFI
Injury Quadriceps
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Dickson might not sound like much as a Jimmy Graham replacement, though he'll surely outblock his predecessor. Dickson also isn't totally lost in the passing game, as evidenced by his shocking 175-yard performance against the Lions last year. The Seahawks need to replace a chunk of targets (Graham, Paul Richardson), and they didn't throw heavy capital at tight ends in the draft, merely snagging Will Dissly in Round 4. With Dissly and Nick Vannett representing his only competition for snaps, it wouldn't be a shock if the 31-year-old Dickson wound up second or third on the team in receiving touchdowns. He'll first need to get healthy, after opening training camp on the Non-Football Injury list with a groin issue. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.7 million contract with the Seahawks in March of 2018.
Remains on NFI list
TESeattle Seahawks
Quadriceps
September 4, 2018
The Seahawks' decision to keep Dickson (quadriceps, groin) on the non-football injury list will require him to miss at least the team's first six games, ESPN's Brady Henderson reports.
ANALYSIS
After signing a three-year deal with Seattle worth $10.7 million, Dickson was viewed as the team's presumed starting tight end. In his absence, however, Nick Vannett is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 option at the position, with fourth-rounder Will Dissly also expected to factor in out of the gate.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
479
200
2017
875
129
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other TEs)

Height:   6' 4"
AVERAGE
Weight:   250 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.59 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   4.59 sec
POOR
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   33.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   122 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   25 reps
GREAT
Seattle Seahawks Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Since joining the Panthers in 2014, Dickson has gone on to average about 12 catches and 123 yards per season, while scoring four touchdowns. With Pro Bowler Greg Olsen ahead of him, Dickson's opportunities are understandably few and far between, which has resulted in his fantasy value being severely restricted in recent years.
In two years since joining the Panthers, Dickson has totaled 27 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Not only is Dickson’s production capped by Carolina’s run-first approach, but the presence of Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen understandably restricts his involvement in the passing game. Additionally, with big-bodied receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess around, Dickson’s physical traits don’t particularly stand out the way they might on another team.
Following a four-year stint in Baltimore to begin his career, Dickson joined Carolina last season to help back-up starting tight end Greg Olsen. While the Pro-Bowler (Olsen) led the Panthers in receiving, little playing time was left for Dickson, who finished with a career-worst 10 catches (on 17 targets) for 115 yards and one touchdown all season. As a result of Olsen’s presence and Dickson’s minimal production, the 27-year-old’s fantasy value is severely restricted leading into the upcoming season.
Dickson signed with the Panthers this offseason, providing depth behind starter Greg Olsen. It's possible he carves out a bigger role than expected given the team's unsettled wideout situation, and the Panthers likely will use Dickson and Olsen in two-tight-end sets, with Olsen drawing the defensive attention. Dickson doesn't have good hands, and he didn't do much the last two seasons in Baltimore after posting career highs of 54 receptions and five touchdowns in 2011. His biggest contribution this year might be to depress Olsen's value.
Although his questionable hands and route running skills likely point to limited upside, Dickson's prognosis for 2013 changed drastically when Dennis Pitta went down with a season-ending hip injury during training camp. Of course, Dickson subsequently suffered a hamstring injury that led to the team adding Dallas Clark and Visanthe Shiancoe to the TE mix. Still, when healthy, Dickson is expected to serve at the team's No. 1 TE.
Dickson had a decent season last year, but the post-Todd Heap era didn’t propel him into fantasy relevance. Mainly that was because of Dennis Pitta, who took a healthy 56 targets to Dickson’s 89. Dickson saw a reduced role in the offense during the second half of the season, catching only 14 passes for 172 yards over the final seven games. The strength in his game is his ability to come out of short patterns quickly and turn them into bigger gains. He’s a better athlete than Pitta, but as long as both are used interchangeably, Dickson likely won’t climb the fantasy ladder.
Dickson is the de facto favorite to start at tight end with Todd Heap in Arizona. He'll have to fully separate himself from Dennis Pitta in order to be considered a viable fantasy option, however. Earning exclusive snaps would require a significant improvement in pass blocking. For now, he's probably best left alone on draft day.
Dickson will compete with fellow rookie Dennis Pitta to unseat Todd Heap from the starting spot. Dickson possesses elite athleticism and hands and could be difference maker down the road, but will need time to develop his blocking before he makes any impact.
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Going on reserve/NFI list
TESeattle Seahawks
Quadriceps
September 1, 2018
The Seahawks are placing Dickson (quadriceps, groin) on the reserve/non-football injury list, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Suffered setback
TESeattle Seahawks
Quadriceps
August 30, 2018
Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Wednesday that Dickson (quad/groin) has dealt with a setback during his rehab process, the Seahawks' official website reports. "(Dickson) had an issue coming back where something else got aggravated, so it exacerbated the problem of just returning where he can get in shape and all that," Carroll said. "We'll go at it, really a couple days at a time here to see how he does."
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Still up in the air
TESeattle Seahawks
Quadriceps
August 27, 2018
Coach Pete Carroll declined to comment on Dickson (quad) when asked about the tight end during Monday's media session, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Not ruled out for opener
TESeattle Seahawks
Quadriceps
August 21, 2018
Dickson (quad) still has a shot to be ready for Week 1 against the Broncos, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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Not making progress
TESeattle Seahawks
Groin
August 14, 2018
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.
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