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Ravens reach agreement with Ed Dickson

Tight end Ed Dickson, the Ravens' top pick on offense in this year's draft, reached a three-year agreement with the team.

Dickson, a third-round pick, is battling fourth-round pick Dennis Pitta to be the top backup to Todd Heap. The competition between the rookies is "very high," according to Dickson.

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"We're both competitors and we want to play," he said. "Not next year or something like that, we want to play this upcoming season."

Dickson said there is little talk about the competition between the players.

"We help each other out because we're total team players," he said. "But we compete on a high basis. So, if I drop a pass or something like that he'll give me crap about it, and then if he drops a pass I'll be like, 'See, I would have caught that.'"

Dickson was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection last season for Oregon. He is the school's all-time leader in every receiving category for tight ends.

"He's very athletic," Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. "He ran a sub-4.6 [40-yard dash] at the Combine, which is very good for a tight end. He can stretch the field. He's got very good hands and catching range. He's a big target. We think he's got loads of promise as a receiving tight end, and we think he's a pretty good blocker, too. He's going to develop in that regard. He's often detached from the line of scrimmage, but we think this is a guy who's going to be a three-down tight end for us."

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