By Edward Lee
6:00 AM EDT, October 3, 2011
In the first quarter of Sunday night’s 34-17 victory against the New York Jets, Ed Dickson was targeted four times, catching three balls for 35 yards and three first downs.
But those opportunities evaporated in the second quarter. The second-year tight end was targeted seven more times, but failed to pull in a single reception.
A few of those offerings from quarterback Joe Flacco were beyond the 6-foot-4 Dickson’s reach, but he also dropped three catchable balls.
“I want there to be a game where I catch every single ball,” said Dickson, who ended his min-drought with a 10-yard grab in the fourth quarter. “Even when it’s thrown a little bit far and I dive for it, as soon as it touches my hand, I think it’s my fault, that I should’ve caught it. Those are the plays that I’m thinking about after the game. I’m not thinking about all of the catches that I caught. All the catches that I miss, I’m trying to get better.”
Dickson has caught 16 passes for 180 yards since succeeding Todd Heap as the team’s starting tight end this season.
“My best is yet to see,” Dickson said. “I want to keep being better each week. Like I said, give them credit. They made some adjustments to stop us a little bit. The offense can’t turn over the ball like that. Give our defense a lot of credit because they played their hearts out today.”
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