A quick rundown on the newest Seahawk: TE Ed Dickson
The Seahawks’ second from free agency is tight end Ed Dickson, who was signed to a three-year deal Friday.
Here’s a quick rundown on the newest Seahawk:
• Pac-12 football fans will recognize Dickson from his time at Oregon, where he was a standout tight end. He finished his four-year college career with 124 catches for 1,557 yards and 12 touchdowns.
• At 30, Dickson is one of the oldest Seahawks in a now-younger locker room. He brings eight years of NFL experience (four with the Ravens and four with the Panthers) to a tight end group that includes third-year pro Nick Vannett and second-year player Tyrone Swoopes.
• Dickson has two sisters. While at Oregon, he majored in Family and Human services.
• Dickson played a backup role to Greg Olsen while with the Panthers. Through four seasons there, he has 67 catches for 807 yards and five touchdowns. Dickson’s best performance came in Week 5 last season, when he started in place of an injured Olsen and recorded five catches for 175 yards.
• ESPN Magazine senior writer Mina Kimes says Dickson is a big shift in style from former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham: “That seems like a reversal of Jimmy Graham in some ways,” Kimes told Gee Scott during an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle Friday. “Ed Dickson, I believe I saw on Pro Football Focus, was the number one pass-blocking tight end last season. It seems pretty clear that they’re bringing him in to do that — to block. Graham, for all of his touchdown production, obviously struggled with blocking over the years. Some could argue he was missused in Seattle when he should’ve been used as a receiver all along. This is clearly a decision to say hey, we need a tight end who can do this, who can help the offensive line. Which I don’t think was a bad decision.”