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Ravens: Dickson, Doss take advantage of opportunities in win over Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Tight end Ed Dickson has struggled with drops, seen his role diminish and has even been called out by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Tandon Doss struggled so much during the summer that he was leapfrogged on the depth chart and eventually released before being re-signed by Baltimore primarily to contribute on special teams.
But both got opportunities to contribute to the Ravens' offense during Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and both had plays that proved important in Baltimore's eventual 26-23 win.
"The guys came through," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh, in particular, singled out Dickson.
Entering Sunday, Dickson had more drops (6) than catches (3). And just six days before the game, Harbaugh candidly told the media that Dickson isn't the same player as he was when he caught 54 passes in 2011.
But on Sunday, Dickson caught both of the passes that were thrown to him, including one early in the second quarter that turned into a 43-yard gain and helped set up a Justin Tucker field goal.
"Ed Dickson played very well - [in the] run game, he made a huge play on the crossing route, and he had a great week of practice," Harbaugh said. "I'm proud of Ed Dickson."
Doss started at wide receiver opposite Torrey Smith with Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown both out due to injury.
He had three catches for 58 yards, including a 40-yard catch during the third quarter that put the Ravens in position for a go-ahead Tucker field goal.
Doss also made an impact on special teams. He averaged 12.5 yards per return on four punt returns. He had a 10-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter that helped set up what proved to the game-winning field goal by Tucker.
With Jones and Brown out, Torrey Smith, Doss and Deonte Thompson were the only three wide receivers Baltimore had active Sunday.
"I couldn't be more proud of how Tandon, DT and myself fought," Smith said. "We knew going in there we would be shorthanded. We were going to need to make some plays. ... Those guys obviously also played huge roles on special teams.
"And for us to pull out this win, everyone contribute, definitely proud of our unit."

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