Ed Dickson recorded the Ravens’ first touchdown in Saturday’s 20-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns, but the tight end couldn’t let go of two drops he made in the second half.
“The only two plays that stick out in my mind are the two balls I let get away from me,” Dickson said. “If I want to be a good player in this league, I’ve got to make those plays. Since we’re going into the playoffs, they’re going to need me to make those plays. I’m going to be thinking about them all week and try to get another chance to make a play again.”
Those miscues overshadowed Dickson’s second touchdown grab in as many games, but the second-year player said he got a lot of encouragement from his teammates.
“They know that’s uncharacteristic of me,” he said. “So I’m going to go back and look at those plays and see what I can do better. It’s the little things.”
Dickson may have dropped two passes, but rookie Torrey Smith also dropped a pass that preceded Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs’ 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Quarterback Joe Flacco, whose final numbers would have been better if Dickson and Smith had made those grabs, declined to place any additional blame on the receivers.
“They beat themselves up a little bit, but yeah, you say something to them,” Flacco said. But everything [is] done. What are you going to do? I mean, the play’s already over. They already dropped the pass. There’s no real point in dwelling on it and getting upset about it. You’ve got to move on. There’s going to be plays to be made down in the future, the rest of the game. You have to have those guys make them.”