Baltimore Ravens’ Tight End Matt Furstenburg Should Play Over Ed Dickson
Enough is enough. It is time for the Baltimore Ravens to make a move regarding the tight end position, and move Matt Furstenburg off of the practice squad to the 53-man roster. They need to demote Ed Dickson, whether it be sending him to the bench, or taking him off the roster completely. It doesn’t matter to me at this point in time; just do it please.
Dickson over his four years with the Ravens now, has produced very little, and tends to come up short in the biggest moments. 87 catches for 918 yards in four years for the Ravens is all Dickson has to show for it, and a very sad one catch for 13 yards this season. Right now obviously Dennis Pitta is still recovering from a dislocated hip he suffered in training camp in August, and I as well as many others thought that this would be the perfect time for Dickson to show why the Ravens drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. But he hasn’t.
Dickson can’t catch, can’t run routes consistently, and can’t block in the running game. The latter is might be the worst because it is impacting the lack of yards for Ray Rice, and Bernard Pierce. Now obviously that isn’t all Dickson’s fault, but he is not helping in any form on the football field.
I have said this, and I will say it again: The Ravens made an effort this offseason to go towards the youth movement, and there will be growing pains. I understand that.
But let that process continue, and put Furstenburg in action so that you know what you have this year. If the Ravens need to, they can start from scratch at the tight end position next year. Furstenburg did have the second-fastest time among tight ends at the NFL combine this year, clocking in at 4.62. At the very least, he could give problems for Linebackers in coverage. The offense needs a spark, and I think Furstenburg is the type of player who can do just that.
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