Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Date of Birth:  07/25/1987
Age:  30
Height  6'4"
Weight:   255
College:  Oregon
Drafted:  2010 | Round 3 | Pick 70
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE


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Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson held to one reception in loss to the Saints.

It went for three yards. Dickson also committed a drop on a pass that was a little out of reach that he probably should have extended his route for. The veteran tight end enters free agency this offseason, but there's a good chance he's back in Carolina. If so, he won't be a fantasy option behind Greg Olsen.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson caught two passes for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Dickson actually out-gained Greg Olsen on not close to as many targets, and he finishes the regular season with a 30/437/1 line with Olsen out of the lineup for much of it. The 30-year-old will look to make some plays in the postseason, starting next Sunday in New Orleans.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson caught two passes for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

Getting the start for Greg Olsen (foot), Dickson was quiet for most of the day. Whether or not Olsen plays in Week 14, there are better options than Dickson for the fantasy playoffs.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson catches one pass in Week 12.

Dickson gained 15 yards on his lone reception against the Jets. Greg Olsen left the game with a foot injury in his first game back, and it's certainly possible he misses more time after he missed eight weeks with a broken foot. Dickson would offer some upside in fantasy lineups if Olsen were to miss any more time.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson scores in Week 10.

Dickson made an excellent catch on a high pass in the end zone for a touchdown, and overall he had three receptions (on five targets) for 33 yards and the touchdown. Greg Olsen (foot) is fully expected to be back in Week 12 after the team's bye week, but Dickson did a good job of stepping up in Olsen's absence. Dickson will take a step back in terms of his pass-catching role, but he'll certainly remain a contributor to a team competing in the NFC.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson caught four passes for 24 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs.

Outside of a 175-yard day against the Lions a few weeks ago, Dickson has been pretty quiet as Greg Olsen's replacement. The veteran will get at least a couple more games as the starter, but he's not a recommended fantasy option against Atlanta next Sunday.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson catches three passes against the Bears.

Dickson couldn't get much going against Chicago, as he gained only 18 yards on his three receptions (five targets). The Buccaneers have been OK against tight ends this season, but Dickson is still in the TE1 conversation for their Week 8 matchup.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson gets eight targets in Week 6.

Dickson caught four passes for 36 yards against the Eagles, and he might've scored on a play-action pass where he was wide open after the fake handoff to the other side of the field, but speedy Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks caught him before he could reach the end zone. Dickson will be in the TE1 conversation in his next game against the Bears.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson has the game of his career in Week 5 win.

Dickson caught five passes for a career-high 175 yards, as Cam Newton was able to find him across the middle for huge gains against the Lions. We wouldn't rush to pick up Dickson from the waiver wire if you need help at tight end, as this will almost certainly be the best game of the season for him, and he has a difficult matchup with Philly on Thursday night. Despite averaging an insane 24.6 yards per catch on the year, he's probably best left off your roster.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson produces in Week 5.

According to Troy Aikman on the FOX broadcast, the Panthers said they want to get their tight end more involved, and they did. Dickson caught three of four targets for 62 yards in the win over the Patriots. He's worth a look on the waiver wire in deeper leagues or if you just need tight end help.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson held to one catch in start.

It went for eight yards, as Christian McCaffrey dominated passing-game work for the Panthers in the first game without Greg Olsen. Despite being a starter without Olsen in the lineup, Dickson isn't a fantasy option.

Ed Dickson | Panthers TE

Ed Dickson caught two passes for 26 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills.

The biggest takeaway for Dickson was that Greg Olsen went down with a foot injury, and it turns out it's broken and he will miss 6-8 weeks. That sets up Dickson as the starting tight end for the next two months, and while the role will obviously be scaled back from Olsen's, he's worth an add in fantasy leagues, especially because he starts with a matchup against New Orleans next Sunday.