The absence of tight end
"I'm taking a lot of reps, but it's going to get me in better shape," he said after Wednesday's session at the team's training facility in Owings Mills before acknowledging that he is a bit more tired at the end of practice. "I'm OK with it. During [the] two-minute [drill] today, I took the whole thing and usually Dennis comes get me halfway. And I was looking for Dennis. I was like, 'Where's Dennis?'"
Pitta, who suffered a broken bone in the hand Monday and underwent surgery the next day, is not expected to return to the Ravens until the regular-season opener against the
“I don’t think it puts more responsibilities on my plate,” he said. “I already had a lot. I take control of myself and where I am in this offense, and I feel like I’m a leader in this offense. Now I’m growing into a leadership role. But it hurts to lose a guy like Dennis because he’s a great talent and we’re going to lose a lot of talent on offense. On the other hand, it’s an opportunity for those guys like [
Last season, Dickson ranked second on the team in touchdown catches (five), third in receptions (54) and fourth in yards (528) while starting in all 16 regular-season games and both playoff contests.
But he appeared to fade after a 10-catch, 79-yard, two-touchdown performance against the
Dickson said last year's numbers were nice in terms of establishing a base, but he is intent on improving those numbers and becoming a more dangerous weapon in the Ravens offense.