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Ed Dickson Ready For Bigger Role

while fans are clamoring for a veteran wide receiver to be brought in, the Ravens could have Anquan Boldin's replacement playing tight end.

Larry French

Much of the speculation surrounding the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver position is centered around the loss of Anquan Boldin and subsequent absence of anyone else on the roster that can replace his hard nosed style of production. Some say that tight end Dennis Pitta will garner a larger role in the offense and become more of a wide receiver than a tight end. Some say that the Ravens will increase the work load of Tandon Doss or Deont'e Thompson or any other of the Ravens young receivers. Then there are those who think the team is done it's free agent spending spree yet and will look to add another receiver before the season starts.

While all of those are viable options there is one obvious person that is being overlooked. Tight end Ed Dickson has spent the entire off season working on his receiving skills with quarterback Joe Flacco. Standing at 6,4" and possessing wide receiver speed Dickson is a mismatch nightmare for defenses. If he is able to cut down on his drops he may be the tight end that gets moved to the wide receiver position.

The Ravens brought in tight end/fullback Kyle Juszczyk and tight end Matt Furstenburg via the draft and free agency. Could this be a sign that one of their tight ends will be doing more pass catching this season and not playing the traditional tight end role? Most would think automatically that this would mean Dennis Pitta will be utilized more but what about Dickson. Pitta was a favorite target of Flacco's last season and will continue to be but it could be Ed Dickson that has the breakout year in 2013.