The offense of the Seattle Seahawks suffered a big blow in Week 6 when second year tight end Will Dissly went down with a torn Achilles tendon that landed the converted defensive lineman on injured reserve. The Hawks have subsequently played the last two weeks with just two tight ends on the roster, in Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister, with George Fant obviously serving as an extra tight end when needed.
Thus, the news that veteran Ed Dickson is set to practice this week with the intention of the team activating him to the 53 man roster in advance of the Week 9 game against Bruce Arians and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers is likely very welcome to many.
Pete Carroll said Ed Dickson will practice this week with a chance to make his 2019 debut on Sunday. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) October 28, 2019
Obviously, Dickson will need to make it through the week of practice healthy and ready to play on Sunday, but hopefully that doesn’t prove to be an issue. In addition, with Duane Brown returning to the field against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, even if Dickson is unable to go this weekend, then Fant should be available as the sixth offensive lineman/short yardage tight end when necessary.
The interesting thing to watch will be how the Seahawks go about creating a roster spot for Dickson when they do activate him. They’ve been wide receiver heavy all season, and we could finally see a move there. With Jaron Brown slipping to fourth in snaps among receivers behind Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and David Moore, and just ahead of Malik Turner, fans who have been calling for Brown’s release may finally get their wish. It certainly bears watching as the end of the week approaches.