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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Selecting a tight end appears unlikely

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Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview - Selecting a tight end appears unlikely

Part 5 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27. 

Past posts: QuarterbacksRunning backs; Offensive line; Wide receiver.

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Today: Tight end. 

Depth Chart: Ed Dickson, Will Dissly, Nick Vannett, Tyrone Swoops. 

Need: Low to medium. 

Expectations: Seattle could maybe use an elite receiving tight end but unless a gem too good to pass up is available to them in the middle to late rounds, Seattle likely won't select one.  

Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at tight end. 

Picks: After trading defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City for a first-round pick this year, a second-round pick in 2020 and a swap of third-round picks this year, the Seahawks now have five picks in the draft: first round (No. 21, No. 29), third round (No. 92), fourth round (No. 124) and fifth round (No. 159).

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Seattle couldn't have been happier with rookie tight end Will Dissly last season through three games last season. The fourth-round pick out of Washington. He blocked as well as the team had expected while also emerging as a legitimate threat in the passing game. 

Then all of the good feels came to a halt Week 4 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He is expected to be back in the lineup this season but Dissly, who ruptured his patellar tendon, might not be 100 percent once the season begins. 

“It’s still going to take us all the way to camp time to get him going, and we won’t rush that, at all,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters during the league meetings last month.

On one hand, Seattle remains in good hands at tight end with Dickson, who returned from an injury of his own in about the middle of the season and played well the rest of the way. Vannett is certainly a capable backup. But not being sure as to what Dissly will bring to the team early in the season could lead Seattle to select a tight end in the draft if one is on the board that the team simply can't resist. 

None of the top three tight ends on the team are dynamic receivers, but they are capable. Adding an elite receiving tight end would be nice. But would it be worth burning a draft pick given that the team likes its top three tight ends? That's the question that will be answered likely on day three of the draft. 

Ed Dickson: Once a Duck, always a Duck.

Ed Dickson: Once a Duck, always a Duck.

If you could name one piece to Ed Dickson’s game that made him the great tight end that he is, what would it be? His size at 6’ 4”, 255 pounds? His breakaway speed timed at a 4.59 40-yard dash? Or how about his sure-handed catches all over the field, making linebackers and secondaries look silly?

Whatever you may think, Dickson encompasses all these traits making him a deadly matchup on any piece of gridiron. He proved this at the college level with the Oregon Ducks (2006-2009) and then onward to the NFL.

Dickson was drafted in round three, pick No. 74 of the 2010 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After a season in Baltimore, then two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Dickson now resides in Seattle catching lasers from quarterback Russell Wilson in front of the 12’s. 

Let’s rewind the clock to a game that most likely put Dickson on the map with NFL scouts watching closely at the blur that was #83 in green and yellow. With the then No. 6 ranked California Golden Bears in town vs. the unranked Oregon Ducks, Dickson recorded 11 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks’ 42-3 upset win over the Bears. 

Or perhaps it was his touchdown grab from QB Jeremiah Masoli with :05 left on the clock in Arizona to force the game into overtime and an eventual Oregon victory? Ok, there may be more moments in his college career that put Dickson on the map, but Dickson is still turning heads today in the NFL. 

We got to catch up with Dickson following the Seahawks’ 27-24 win over the Green Bay Packers last Thursday Night, Dickson grabbing the winning 15-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson.

“I got a lot of respect for the coach and the direction that he is going,” says Dickson of head coach Mario Cristobal and the current Oregon Ducks culture. 

The Ducks are currently sitting on a 6-4, 3-4 Pac-12 conference record with just two conference games left: at home vs. Arizona State this Saturday and then the Civil War in Corvallis, OR Thanksgiving weekend. 

Dickson remembers what it is like to play in Autzen Stadium and in front of thousands of screaming Ducks fans. “I’ve played in Baton Rouge before, I’ve been to some of these bigger stadiums, Autzen Stadium is No. 1 in college football to me.” 

Some advice for the Ducks with just two games and one bowl game left? “Finish hard. Finish hard. We got a lot of pride and a lot of people watching. Proud of them for what they’ve done this season and don’t hang their heads for anything. Finish hard and try to get two more victories, and then go into the offseason with the mentality that you guys are going to be better than you were this year.”

Russell Wilson finally comes up big, keeps Seahawks relevant

Russell Wilson finally comes up big, keeps Seahawks relevant

SEATTLE - Now that's the Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks fans know and love. The one who refers to himself as dangerous in his Twitter handle had been anything but this season with games on the line. Not the case Thursday night when @DangeRussWilson arrived just in time to throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to defeat Green Bay 27-24 and save Seattle's season. Well, to at least to keep the season alive for the time being. 

A sense of desperation filled the air at CenturyLink Field Thursday night. The Seahawks (5-5), losers of several close games this year, had run out of time for any further near misses. They had to win this game. So did Green Bay (4-5-1). The intense contest that transpired reflected the sense of urgency of the moment. The Seahawks and the Packers went back and forth, the latter being led by one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. 

Little evidence existed to suggest that a Seahawks' victory would come easily. That meant that at some point, Wilson would have to come up big in areas where he hadn't been so successful this season in order to match the play of his counterpart, Aaron Rodgers. 

Sure enough, the fourth quarter arrived and Seattle trailed 24-20, but with plenty of time to work with (8 minutes and 23 seconds) but 75 yards to cover. Three times this season Wilson had failed in similar moments, often times disastrously so. 

But on this night, Wilson rediscovered that clutch trait that has defined his career to date, if not this season. He orchestrated a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass down the middle to tight end Ed Dickson to take a 27-24 lead with 5:08 remaining in the game. The defense held. The offense grinded clock. Seattle won. Now it's off to Carolina to face the Panthers (6-3) in 10 days. 

Where had that level of play from Wilson been all season? Will it return again this season? If so, Seattle has a chance to slip into the playoffs. If not, Thursday night's victory only delayed the inevitable. 

Wilson promised all season that this relatively young team would find itself at some point. Yet, Wilson had been the one missing in big moments all season. Let's recap: 

  • At Chicago in Week 2 with Seattle trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson threw an interception that cornerback Prince Amukamara returned 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 24-10 lead with 6:37 remaining. Seattle lost 24-17.
  • Two weeks ago at home against the Los Angeles Chargers with Seattle down 19-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson had a pass picked off by defensive back Desmond King and returned 42 yards for a touchdown that gave the Chargers a 25-10 lead with 6:44 remaining in the game. Seattle lost 25-17
  • Last week at the Los Angeles Rams with Seattle down 36-31, Wilson led a drive in the final two minutes that came up short at the 35 yard line after he overthrow a wide-open Tyler Lockett on fourth down when the wide receiver had first-down yardage near the sideline.

 

Thursday's performance more closely resembled the man who still has not lost three consecutive games as a professional after Seattle snapped its two-game losing streak on Thursday night. 

Wilson was spotty at times, including in the first quarter when he badly overthrew a wide open Doug Baldwin in the end zone.

"I missed a couple here and there but we stayed the course and had a great night," said Wilson, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions.  

He was off just enough to prompt coach Pete Carroll to chat him up to make sure he was okay.

"He said, 'I'm going to be all right. I'm going to be all right," Carroll explained regarding the brief conversation with his quarterback. "And he was exactly right. 'Shut up, coach' is what he could have really said, but he didn't."

That's all well and good as long as the quarterback in that situation makes amends when it matters most. Wilson did so, and he believes this is just the beginning for Seattle. 

Wilson has likened this young team to the 2012 Seahawks who began to blossom into what would be a Super Bowl champion the following season. He's also compared this squad to the 2015 version that overcame early adversity to reach the playoffs. In fact, Wilson said Thursday night that he had recently watched some of the games from that season and that doing so reinforced his belief that this year's team is similar. Seattle began 2015 with a 2-4 record and sat at 4-5 entering game ten, just as the Seahawks did tonight. Seattle in 2015 then went on to win six of seven to close the season at 10-6 and land in the postseason. 

Could this team do the same? Maybe, but only if the Wilson of tonight continues to resurface in the fourth quarter when needed.  

On that final play to Dickson, Wilson knew his tight end would be open. So did Dickson. The Packers' coverage dictated so. It was simply a matter of execution. Both men delivered.

"One of the things that we talked about this week, and I kind of brought up to the guys is that we've got to think big, we've got to believe big," Wilson said. "We've got to believe that great things are going to happen. We've been through the fire this season...We're a young team but a team that has great faith in what we're doing. We were completely together in what we were trying to do. We just stayed the course. We were able to be clutch at the end of the game."

Most importantly, @DangeRussWilson came up clutch and Seattle needs him to remain as such. 

Week 8 ProDucks: Dickson shines, Grasu starts, Freeman sits

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Week 8 ProDucks: Dickson shines, Grasu starts, Freeman sits

Seattle tight end Ed Dickson was clearly the star of the weekend in the ProDucks world. 

He made his season debut with the Seahawks and caught two passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Dickson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson in the second quarter and hauled in a 42-yard reception early in the third quarter. 

Dickson appeared in 20 plays but is expected to take over as the starter at some point as he works his way back into shape after spending the first six games on the PUP list. 

[RELATED: Ed Dickson rocks Motown, Carroll tosses him Eugene-related shade]

“He looked really good," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He didn’t play a lot of plays, we were able to keep his play numbers really in check a little bit so that we could get him started. He was comfortable, he played quick and blocked well. A couple of mistakes that you would think that could happen, happened – a couple things here and there. He did a good job and it was really encouraging to see him play, he looked good out there.”

--- Grasu starts

Baltimore offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, acquired a few of weeks ago, started at left guard during the team's loss to Carolina. 

-- Pharaoh Brown inactivate

Cleveland elevated tight end Pharaoh Brown from the practice squad to the 53-man roster last week but he did not suit up for the team's loss at Pittsburgh.

--- Freeman sits

Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman sat out Sunday's loss to Kansas City with an injured ankle. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Score: Off. 

 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Score: Lost 36-21 at Carolina.  

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at left guard.  
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Had four tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry.   

 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

Score: Lost 25-6 to New England. 

  • Derek Anderson, Oregon State, quarterback: Anderson started in place of rookie Josh Allen and completed 22 of 39 passes for 290 yards and one interception (returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter) with no touchdown passes. He was sacked three times. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had four tackles, three solo, and one pass defended. 

 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Score: Won 36-21 over Baltimore. 

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Had one tackle on special teams. 

 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

 

Score: Won 24-10 over the New York Jets. 

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard but injured his foot and will be out six to eight weeks. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Score: Won 37-34 over Tampa Bay in overtime.  

    • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Played in reserve. 

     

     

     CLEVELAND BROWNS

     

    Score: Lost 33-18 at Pittsburgh. 

    • Pharaoh Brown, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Inactive. 
    • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist earlier this season but could return at some point this year. 

     

     DALLAS COWBOYS

     

    Score: OFF.

     

     

     DENVER BRONCOS

    Score: Lost 30-23 to Kansas City. 

    • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Sat out with an ankle injury. 

     

     

     DETROIT LIONS

     

    Score: Lost 28-14 to Seattle. 

    • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards and scored on a two-yard touchdown. 
    • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Inactive.  
    • DeShawn Shead, Portland State, defensive back: Had one special teams tackle. 

     

     

     GREEN BAY PACKERS 

    None. 

     

     HOUSTON TEXANS

     

    Score: Won Lost 42-23 over Miami. 

    • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had two tackles.

     

     

     INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

     

    None. 

     

     JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

     

    None. 

     

    KANSAS CITY

     

    Score: Won 30-23 at Denver.   

    • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had five tackles, four solo. 
    • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Fractured his leg in practice on Oct. 11 and placed on injured reserve. 

     

     

    LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

    Score: Off  

    • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Off.

     

    LOS ANGELES RAMS

     

    Score: Won 29-27 over Green Bay. 

    • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks caught three passes for 74 yards. He also carried the ball once for nine yards. 
    • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had four tackles, two solo. 
    • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted seven times for 316 yards. Also completed a pass for 12 yards on a fake punt.   
    • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had one solo tackle and one pass defended. 
    • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
    • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Inactive. 
    • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles and one quarterback hurry. 

     

     

    MIAMI DOLPHINS

     

    Score: Lost 42-23 at Houston.  

    • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had nine tackles, four solo. 

     

     

    MINNESOTA VIKINGS

     

    Score: Lost 30-20 to New Orleans. 

    • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 

     

     

    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

    Score: Won 25-6 at Buffalo.   

    • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 148 yards. 
    • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had five solo tackles, one pass defended and one fumble recovery.  

     

     

     NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

     

    Score: Won 30-20 at Minnesota. 

    • Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center. 

     

     

     NEW YORK GIANTS

     

    Score: Lost 20-13 vs. Washington. 

    • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
    • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made both field goal attempts from distances of 37 and 32 yards. 

     

     

    NEW YORK JETS

     

    None. 

     

     OAKLAND RAIDERS

     

    None. 

     

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

     

    Score: Won 24-18 at Jacksonville. 

    • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Played and got called for an unnecessary roughness penalty. 
    • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Played in 26 snaps but did not record a statistic. 
    • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard.

     

     

    PITTSBURGH STEELERS

     

    Score: Won 33-18 over Cleveland. 

     

     

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

     

    Score: Lost 18-14 at Arizona.  

    • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three tackles, two solo, and one sack and two quarterback hurries. 
    • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Appeared in five plays on offense and seven on special teams. 
    • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Had one tackle and one quarterback hurry. 

     

     

     SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

    Score: Won 28-14 at Detroit. 

    • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Caught two passes for 54 yards and scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception in his first action of the season. 
    • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Had four solo tackles and one tackle for loss. 

     

     TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

     

    Score: Lost 37-34 at Cincinnati in overtime. 

    • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Had one carry for four yards. Caught four passes for 25 yards.  

     

     

     TENNESSEE TITANS

     

    Score: Off. 

     

     WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    Score: Won 20-13 at the New York Giants. 

    • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  

     

    Ed Dickson rocks Motown, Carroll tosses him Eugene-related shade

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    Ed Dickson rocks Motown, Carroll tosses him Eugene-related shade

    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. 

    "I wish I would have cut back a little bit," said Dickson, who made his Seattle debut on Sunday after starting the season on the physically unable to perform list.  

    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. 

    [RELATED: Seahawks shake their tail feathers, dance all over Detroit]

    "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."

    --- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram

    Seahawks shake their tail feathers, dance all over Detroit

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    Seahawks shake their tail feathers, dance all over Detroit

    It could be time to take the Seattle Seahawks seriously. 

    Seattle went into Detroit on Sunday and won 28-14 in mostly dominant fashion to earn their most impressive victory of the season. 

    Such a win should make one believe that at the very least Seattle (4-3) has a strong chance to make a playoff push despite a rough schedule ahead. This is not to say that defeating the Lions (3-4) required a Herculean effort. Still, Detroit had won three out of four games and had taken down Green Bay (3-3-1) and New England (5-2) in Ford field. 

    As it turned out, Detroit had no shot against Seattle. The Lions very much looked to be inferior to Seattle, which has now won four out of five with that lone loss coming to the Los Angeles Rams (8-0) by the count of 33-31. 

    "Today's game was a really good football game for us," Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. " We did well in so many different areas on the road against a team that's been hot." 

    What winning on Sunday did for Seattle was make it virtually impossible to not at least finish .500.  Seattle has two games remaining against San Francisco (1-7) and Arizona (2-6). Winning all three would put the Seahawks at seven victories. Can they then reach 10-6 by finding four additional wins within the remaining games on the schedule against the likes of the Los Angeles Chargers (5-2) at home, at the Rams, home vs. Green Bay (3-3-1), at Carolina (6-2) and home against both Minnesota (4-3-1) and Kansas City (7-1)? Possibly, especially considering that four of those games will be at CenturyLink Field where Seattle has played just twice this season. 

    "We've been doing some traveling and our guys have really responded beautifully," Carroll said. "And it doesn't matter where we play to get the style of play that we want."

    The style of play is to pound the ball. Pressure the quarterback. Find the end zone. 

    "We really were able to play right within the framework of how we want to do it," Carroll said. "We want to get the football. We don't want to give it up. No turnovers today. And take advantage of that and run the heck out of the football."

    Ah yes. Run the football. Seattle entered the game red hot in the rushing department and facing a weak rushing defense. What was expected to happen did happen. Seattle rushed for 176 yards, the team's second highest total of the season, with Chris Carson going for 105. 

    "We ran it 42 times today," Carroll said. "I couldn't be more fired up about that. That's just commitment. And it's attitude. And it's what we're trying to do."

    The rushing attack, which helped Seattle keep the call for nearly 35 minutes, was so dominant that quarterback Russell Wilson only threw the ball 17 times. He completed 14 of them for 248 yards and three touchdowns to wide receivers Tyler Lockett and David Moore, and tight end Ed Dickson, making his season debut with the Seahawks. 

    "Beautiful game," Carroll said of Wilson. "He played a great football game today."

    What's mesmerizing is the play of the defense. Three sacks. Three forced turnovers. Constant pressure on quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stuff the Lion's run game (34 yards). 

    "You can talk about all of the other stuff that happened but they rushed the ball for 30 yards today," Carroll said. "And that's a team that wanted to run the football." 

    Carroll praised the defensive line for doing its job without a plethora of special schemes. 

    Seattle now has 16 forced turnovers with 10 interceptions. Carroll said the team's goal was to reach double digits in interceptions by Week 8. It's game seven.

    "I'm really fired up to get to where we are," Carroll said. 

    Something else that's obvious is that this team is having fun. The enthusiasm is real and it appears to be paying off for this team on the scoreboard. 

    "The great thing about our team right now is that it doesn't matter who is making the plays," Wilson told reporters. "It doesn't matter what's going on. At the end of the day, all we have is each other. And all that matters is us winning and finding a way to win. That's really showed up the past several weeks."

    So much so that the Seahawks are above .500 for the first time this season and appear to playing well in all phases of the game. Can it last? We shall see. The road doesn't get any easier. 

    "Hopefully," Carroll said. "We just keep on cranking and keep going forward."

    --- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram

    Seahawks' TE Ed Dickson eager to return Sunday

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    Seahawks' TE Ed Dickson eager to return Sunday

    Seattle tight end Ed Dickson will see his first action with his new team Sunday at Detroit ending what was for him a long two months waiting to get back on the field. 

    "To have to sit back and watch your brothers go to war, it's kind of hard," Dickson told reporters today. "But it teaches you some things at my old age, patience and stuff like that. But I'm excited to be back. I'm excited to contribute to the team."

    Dickson, 31, began the season on the physically unable to perform list with a non-football related issue reportedly to his quadriceps. Going on the PUP list required Dickson to miss the first six weeks. Seattle (3-3) was off last week so Dickson will make his debut against the Lions (3-3). His role, however, has yet to be defined. 

    "Whatever it is, if it's blocking, if it's catching, if it's special teams, I'm just chomping at the bit to get out there," Dickson said. 

    Seattle signed Dickson as a free agent last offseason to replace Jimmy Graham as the starter. Dickson, who spent the previous four seasons with Carolina, is known more for being a strong blocking tight end than he is as a receiver. One of his best receiving games ever came at Detroit last season when he caught five passes for 175 yards. 

    Quarterback Russell Wilson said Dickson will be crucial for the team moving forward while calling the former Oregon star a very physical and smart, veteran player who pays attention to detail.  

    "The thing about how many years he’s played, it’s exciting to have a vet like that just to be on the team, because he could make a lot of great plays for us," Wilson said. "I think he’s going to be a crucial part to our success for the rest of the season for sure.”

    Seattle coach Pete Carroll said that Dickson, who was limited in practice on Wednesday but went full go today, would give Seattle a lot of options at the tight end position. 

    "In the offense they were in at Carolina, (the Panthers were) very creative with what they did with their tight ends and he was involved with all kinds of stuff," Carroll said. "He’s been placed all over the field. He’s been in the backfield, he’s been out of the backfield, so all of that really gives us confidence. There’s stuff that we can do with him that we’re looking forward to, but really he has not practiced with us very much. We’re kind of opening up the Christmas present here. It’s kind of fun to get him going. ”

    Dickson had been frustrated about not being able to play earlier in the season. He said today that he believed he could have played in the opener at Denver. However, he didn't want to second-guess team management. 

    "Personally you might feel like you're ready before you really are," he said.

    Now he is officially ready to go and the timing couldn't be better for Seattle. Rookie Will Dissly started in place of Dickson before being lost for the season with a knee injury at Arizona in Week 4. Nick Vannett started the last two games. Dickson's return gives the team strong depth once again at tight end.

    Whatever his role, Dickson said he is ready to show his team that he has their backs and that they can count on him. 

    "I'm competing to win," he said. "We're in the thick of things. We're going after a playoff shot."

    --- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram

    Seahawks get "boost" from players returning from injury

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    Seahawks get "boost" from players returning from injury

    Seattle used the off week to rest up, get healthy and welcome back a couple of starters yet to play a down this season. 

    The Seahawks (3-3) returned to practice on Tuesday in preparation for Sunday's game at Detroit (3-3) after having last week off. In action were linebacker K.J. Wright, who had been out with a knee injury, and tight end Ed Dickson acquired as a free agent from Carolina in the offseason before being played on the physically unable to perform list with a non-football related injury to his quadriceps. 

    “They did fine," Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "I need to see the film to see it all. We limited them. They didn’t take all of the work. They probably had a dozen competitive plays as well as all of the rest of the stuff in practice, but enough to get them going and get them feeling a part of it."

    Both players have been through differing ordeals. Initially, Carroll said he hoped to have Wright back within a couple of weeks when it was clear that he would miss the opener at Denver. But Wright could never quite get healthy until now. 

    Dickson, on the other hand, was placed on the PUP list against his wishes. He maintained that he could have returned to action earlier but the team chose to be precautious. A player placed on the PUP can't return until after six weeks, so Dickson could have played on Sunday had the team not been off. 

    The return of both couldn't have come at a better time. Seattle signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks after the loss to Denver despite the fact that Cleveland had released him after he had pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges. He faces sentencing early next year. The NFL ultimately suspended him two weeks ago prior to Seattle's win over Oakland in London, England. 

    Wright's return mitigates the loss of Kendricks, who likely never would have been signed had Wright not been injured.

    At tight end, Dickson, out of Oregon, was always meant to be the starter but the Seahawks were fortunate that rookie Will Dissly turned out to be good enough to start in place of Dickson and play well. Unfortunately for Seattle, Dissly wend down for the season with a knee injury during the team's win at Arizona in Week 4. Nick Vannett started the past two games but now Dickson can take over starting duties while Vannett returns to a reserve role.  

    Of course, all of this hinges on both Wright and Dickson being ready to take on starter's roles on Sunday. 

    Carroll said Tuesday's practice allowed both players to "break the ice," so to speak. 

    "They’ve been working really hard so that this isn’t a big jump for them, that’s part their rehab," Carroll said. "Particularly for Ed, who’s had a long time to work at this – he’s been running really hard so that he should not feel like it’s a big step for him to get back on the practice field. He should be able to play extensively on the weekend if he makes it through the week.”

    Having Wright back would be a big boost to a defense that has played solid football. 

    “He’s been such a fixture for us," Carroll said. "He adds so much, it’s not a transition."

    Seattle also welcomed back to action rookie defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle). Running back J.D. McKissic (foot) will be out for at least couple more weeks, Carroll said. 

    Carroll said and all in all, the team is in good shape injury wise.

    “We’re not too bad right now," he said. "We’re fortunate that we’re coming back out – the last few games we’ve made it through for the most part. The guys feel good coming out of last week and then going into the break, it helped us. If you get a few guys back too, it’s a nice little boost.”

    --- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram

    TE Ed Dickson to make Seattle debut week 8

    TE Ed Dickson to make Seattle debut week 8

    RENTON, Wash. - Former Oregon tight end Ed Dickson will be set to make his season debut with the Seahawks in Week 8 after returning from the non-football injury list. 

    Dickson, out with a quad injury, tweeted "10/28/18" today, a reference to the date when he will be able to play. Seattle plays at Detroit on that date. 

    Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on his weekly radio show that Dickson, signed to a three-year, $10.7 million contract to be the starter, would return against the Lions. Dickson is eligible to return after Week 6 but the team is off Week 7 after playing Oakland in London, England. 

    The former Oregon star, who has spent eight years in the NFL with Baltimore and Carolina, missed all of training camp and the first four games. 

    Dickson, who has 85 career starts, is a deft blocking tight end with solid receiving skills. Consider him a more experienced version of rookie Will Dissly, lost for the season after injuring his patella Sunday at Arizona.

    Nick Vannett will start at tight end on Sunday and be backed up by Darrell Daniels, elevated this week from the team's practice squad.

    Dickson has 1,985 career receiving touchdowns with 12 touchdowns. He won Super Bowl XLVIII while with Baltimore during the 2012 season and played in Super Bowl 50 with Carolina following the 2015 season. 

    -- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.  

    Behold Seattle rookie TE Will Dissly; "He was like Mike Ditka out there."

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    Behold Seattle rookie TE Will Dissly; "He was like Mike Ditka out there."

    DENVER - The word on Seattle rookie tight end Will Dissly during much of training camp was that he excelled as a strong blocker. 

    Quarterback Russell Wilson, however, dropped more extensive hints regarding Dissly's all-around skills, referring to the fourth-round pick out of Washington as one of the best athletes on the team. 

    During Sunday's 27-24 loss at Denver, Dissly went from potential backup blocking tight end to maybe one of the most added tight ends in the fantasy football universe when he hauled in three receptions for 105 yards (all in the first half) and scored the first touchdown of his career, and the season for the Seahawks.

    According to NFL Network, Dissly became the first tight end in league history to have 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. 

    Not bad for a guy that played defensive end his first two seasons at Washington and amassed a modest 336 yards receiving during his collegiate career. 

    “He was on fire," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He was Ditka, he was like [Pro Football Hall of Famer] Mike Ditka out there. He just missed a couple other ones too. We just overthrew him a bit. He might have had two or three more catches. He was really in the right spot and he deployed well for the game plan and all that. And again, we have been talking about this, he is doing great for us and I am really happy to see him contribute like that."

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    Dissly started the game along with Nick Vannett in a two tight end formation. Dissly is listed on the team's depth chart as the starting tight end in place of injured veteran, Ed Dickson, who missed the entire preseason. The Seahawks acquired Dickson, an eight-year veteran out of Oregon with a Super Bowl ring he won with Baltimore, to replace Jimmy Graham (Green Bay) and provide Seattle with more of a blocking presence at the position. Dickson not being able to perform appeared to be a huge detriment for the team. But Dissly clearly is quite the fill-in and has earned the trust of quarterback Russell Wilson. 

    “It was just a cool opportunity to go out there that first game, and to do some special things," Dissly said. "Russ was awesome, putting the ball right where it needs to be. I just have to make some plays. Obviously, we have some work to do going forward, but it was a cool way to start for sure.”

    Nobody seems to know when Dickson will return. When he does, Dissly figured to remain very much in the mix.  

    Dissly's first reception on Sunday came in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to give Seattle a brief, 7-0 lead. Dissly, aligned to the left of the formation, pass blocked, delaying his release, and then slipped out to find nobody covering him over the top. Wilson lobbed an easy pass to Dissly for the touchdown. 

    Dissly's biggest play of the game came on a 66-yard reception in the second quarter. 

    From the Seattle 31, Dissly, aligned to the right, ran an over route and caught Wilson's pass at the 44 between two defenders closing in quickly. One went low, and missed Dissly's feet, the other went high and bounced off of Dissly like a child would an adult.

    “You can’t slow down at all," Dissly said. "When you see green grass, you are pushing pedal to the medal and are trying to go as fast as you can.”

    Dissly then cut left and speed to the Denver 30, where he received a helpful block from wide receiver Brandon Marshall and then shook another pursuing Denver defensive back. Now free down the sideline, Dissly looked like he might score but was eventually pushed out of bounds at the Denver 5-yard line by linebacker Brandon Marshall (no relation). 

    The entire play, Dissly said, sort of just happened without much thought. 

    "It's kind of funny," Dissly said. "You don't really think about a whole lot during those plays. You just try to get into the end zone. It was a cool play."

    The big play set up a 35-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to give Seattle a 10-7 lead. 

    Dissly's performance only reinforced Wilson's faith in the rookie. 

    “He’s been great all training camp," Wilson said. "He has been great all OTAs. He’s been a rock star for us. I think he’s been rock solid. He has been able to step into the role of playing tight end and making plays. He is very fundamental. He’s very smart. He gets the game. He is one of our best athletes in general. He can do a little bit of everything. He played a great game. We’ll get everyone else involved too, as well. I think it’ll be an exciting year for us."

    Unfortunately, despite Dissly's exploits, Seattle did lose. That made it difficult for Dissly to rate even catching his first NFL touchdown in the list of sports thrills in his life.  

    "Give me 24 hours," Dissly said with a smile. "Gotta get over this game, first. But that was fun. That was special. Catching the ball from Russell Wilson is always cool. And we're going to have a lot more opportunities going down the road."

    -- Aaron Fentress covers the Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks for NBCSportsNorthwest. You can follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram.