Harbaugh shoots straight about Dickson's drops

Harbaugh shoots straight about Dickson's drops
September 30, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Ravens-Bills: 3 and Out

Through four games, the Ravens are waiting for tight end Ed Dickson to stop dropping the ball. 

Dickson’s latest drop during Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Bills led to an interception, when the ball deflected off his hands into the arms of Bills safety Jim Leonhard. Drops have plagued Dickson all season, and coach John Harbaugh has clearly grown tired of the trend. 

“Ed just needs to go catch the ball,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “He needs to run fast, get open and catch the football, put it away, get up field. That’s all he needs to do. If he’s thinking about anything besides that, he’s doing himself a disservice. If he’s lacking confidence for some reason, that’s on him. When you got that kind of talent, those kind of gifts, go play ball, go show everybody what you’re capable of doing. That’s what I expect to see from him.”

The Ravens have seen what Dickson is capable of. In 2011, Dickson had a career–high 54 receptions, and when Dennis Pitta fractured his hip during training camp, the Ravens expected Dickson to step up his game. That has not happened so far. Dallas Clark (16 catches, 175 yards) has supplanted Dickson (three catches, 25 yards) as the primary pass-catching tight end.

Harbaugh delivered a message to Dickson on Monday. The question is, will Dickson’s performance improve?