When Baltimore Ravens‘ tight end Ed Dickson went down with a partial tear in his hamstring, it was originally thought he’d be out for about a week. Now it appears that’s not the case and it appears Dickson could even miss the season opener on September 5th.
Dickson had this to say when asked about his condition:
“I’m just working to get back to 100 percent. Just making sure I’m 100 percent because it’s those types of injuries that linger through the whole season.”
He doesn’t sound all that optimistic about his chances, which makes the Ravens’ decision to sign Dallas Clark seem better by the hour. Initially Clark was viewed as an insurance policy for the defending champs, but now he could be their starting tight end when the season kicks off in three weeks.
The Ravens also inked veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe after Dennis Pitta went down a few weeks back, but clearly they must not be seeing a lot of potential in him.
Clark is still capable of being a staring tight end. He’s far from his prime, but yet he proved that he still has gas left in the tank in Tampa last season. Staying on the field is the only problem Clark has ever had, but the reality is that he’s been healthy for the most part in his 10-year career. He missed significant time in 2010 and 2011, but in 2009 he had the best season of his career, while earning first team all-pro honors.
While it’s not a good situation in Baltimore right now in regards to the TE position, things could be much worse. Dickson will be back before too long and Clark is more than capable of filling in while he’s on the sidelines. Once they’re both back on the field, if healthy, I think they’ll be a nice 1-2 punch for Joe Flacco. Especially, in the red zone.