Seattle tight end Ed Dickson sold his pass blocking from the right side of the line so well that the Detroit defenders had no clue what would come next early in the third quarter of Sunday's 28-14 win at the Lions.
Linebacker Devon Kennard engaged with Dickson while watching quarterback Russell Wilson's play-action fake from the Seahawks' 36. Cornerback Darius Slay got caught looking in the backfield, as well.
Before they knew it, Dickson had released and ran free down the numbers. Wilson's lofted a pass that Dickson caught at the Seattle 46 and ran all the way down to the Detroit 23 where he was brought down by safety Quandre Diggs, the only man standing between the former Oregon star and the end zone.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll wished the same and threw a little shade in the direction of Dickson, whom Carroll coached against while at USC.
"He had a chance to shake and bake a little bit on that one play but he left that up in Eugene or something, I don't know," Carroll said with a smile. "I don't know where the heck it went."
Had Dickson made a move on Diggs and scored, it would have been his second touchdown of the game. Dickson's first catch ever from Wilson came on a 12-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone to gave Seattle a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. Dickson ran a corner route against Diggs and leaped over the safety to snag the slightly under-thrown pass for his first touchdown reception since Nov. 13, 2017 in Miami.
"That was a great touchdown catch," Carroll said.
Wilson said the play came about because of time spent working on the little things.
"Me and him were able to get a lot of extra work before and after practice and it showed up right there," Wilson said.
Dickson finished with the two receptions for 54 yards.
Interestingly, Dickson had the best yardage day of his professional career last season in Detroit as a member of the Carolina Panthers when he caught five passes for 175 yards. Partly because of that performance, Dickson entered Sunday confident that he could contribute right away after missing the first six games.
"This is what I've been doing for eight years," Dickson said. "So to get back out there, it's like riding a bike again. I start pedaling and then I'm like, 'I'm ready to go.'"
Tight end Nick Vannett started and played 31 snaps. Dickson appeared in 20. That number should increase as time goes on.
"They wanted to take care of me and make sure I was ready to go," Dickson said. "'I'm back now and just to get an overall team win feels pretty good."