The Seattle Seahawks tight end depth chart has been significantly revamped this offseason. Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson both went to the NFC North, while rookie Will Dissly and eight-year veteran Ed Dickson have been welcomed aboard.
Dickson is known more as a blocking TE, especially since he doesn’t have the greatest reputation for having reliable hands as a pass-catcher, but the best offensive performance of his career actually came against the Seahawks way back in 2011.
It was mid-November at CenturyLink Field, with the Balitmore Ravens coming in at 6-2 against the woeful 2-6 Seahawks, who’d scored only 28 combined points during a three-game losing streak. Seattle’s defense and special teams combined to force three turnovers, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 109 yards (longest rush: 8 yards) on 32 carries, plus this game-clinching play/disrespectful wrecking of Ray Lewis’ ankles.
The Seahawks pulled off the 22-17 upset, sparking a late second-half surge that would see them in the playoff hunt until Christmas Eve. As for the Ravens, they were a Lee Evans drop away from making the Super Bowl.
On a day when the Ravens were lackluster on offense, with Joe Flacco averaging 4.9 YPA on 52 throws, Dickson was the only one who shined against the upstart Legion of Boom. He caught a career-high 10 passes for a game-high 79 yards, as well as both of Baltimore’s touchdowns on the afternoon, plus his team’s longest offensive play of the game, a 19-yard catch in the 2nd quarter.
His first TD was a trick play handoff to Ray Rice, who had Dickson completely open in the back of the end zone.
His second touchdown came on a seam route, as Dickson got past Malcolm Smith and hauled in a perfect throw from Flacco, who took advantage of a pretty awful looking attempt at a blitz. Chris Maragos was late in coverage, and if you’re wondering why Maragos was even in there, that’s because Kam Chancellor suffered a concussion due to this high hit on Anquan Boldin.
This game remains the only multi-touchdown day of Dickson’s career, and prior to his unexpected 175-yard performance against the Detroit Lions last season, 79 yards was also his career-high.
I’m definitely not saying this is the Dickson you should expect to see when the regular season starts, but he’s certainly capable of producing offensively.