Though the Seattle Seahawks were dealt a large blow to their tight ends corps last week, losing rookie Will Dissly for the season, they will get a boost in the coming weeks.
Veteran Ed Dickson, signed in free agency this past spring, tweeted on Tuesday “10/28/2018.” That is the date of the Seahawks’ Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions, and the first game Dickson’s eligible to return from the NFI list. Dickson will be eligible to come off the list following Week 6, however Seattle is on their bye week in Week 7, after playing in London the week before.
During his radio appearance on Monday, Pete Carroll confirmed Dickson’s timeline, saying the veteran was on track to return as soon as he was eligible to do so.
Dickson was placed on the NFI list on the first day of training camp with a quad injury, and he remained there throughout August. Despite not featuring in the preseason at all, Dickson wasn’t particularly pleased with the team’s decision to leave him on the NFI list into the regular season.
Though it is still a couple weeks away, Dickson’s return comes at a great time for the Seahawks. Dissly’s start to the season as a pass catcher grabbed the headlines, but his blocking was a huge reason Seattle was able to largely contain the fearsome pass rushers they’ve faced out of the gate. Nick Vannett’s blocking leaves something to be desired, and the team is shallow at the position regardless.
In the meantime, the Seahawks have promoted Darrell Daniels from the practice squad, leaving them with Vannett and Daniels as the tight ends on the active roster. Marcus Lucas, another tight end, remains on the practice squad.