Ed Dickson of the Baltimore Ravens has been given more than enough chances to prove his worth on the team for the last four seasons, but the chronic drops he has had over the course of his career found themselves again when the Ravens got destroyed by the Denver Broncos 49-27.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco already has enough on his plate throwing to new receivers like Brandon Stokley, Dallas Clark and Marlon Brown, all of whom had a better time catching the ball last night than Dickson.
With tight end Dennis Pitta being out for a while recovering from a dislocated hip, Dickson was expected to see a bigger role in the offense. But as we can see, Dickson still has issues catching over the middle and holding on to the ball even when he is getting drilled.
As a tight end in the NFL, you have to make tough catches over the middle; if you can’t do that, you are pretty much useless in any offense. Don’t get me wrong — Clark dropped a huge pass as well near the end of the first half, but Clark also made some big plays as well, so the veteran still has talent left in the tank.
Flacco needs time to get used to his new receivers, but he can get better by getting reps with receivers who are consistent from what we have seen on the field. Going further, I believe the Ravens should cut Dickson and promote rookie tight end Matt Furstenburg from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
The Ravens have made it a point to get younger entering the 2013 season, so if Ed Reed can move on to another team, Dickson certainly shouldn’t have any problems moving on as well.