Like millions of others around the country, GM Ozzie Newsome is getting his work done before July 4th weekend.
Newsome and the Ravens have agreed in principle to a three-year deal with tight end Ed Dickson, the team announced today.
Dickson (6-4, 250 pounds) was the Ravens' third-round pick. The Oregon product had 124 receptions for 1,557 yards and 12 touchdowns in his college career, with his receptions and receiving yard totals both ranking first among tight ends in Oregon history.
Known as an explosive player who can work the seams, Dickson had a strong minicamp, showing off his speed and pass catching ability.
He will compete with fourth-round pick Dennis Pitta for the Ravens' backup tight end job.
"He's very athletic," director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said of Dickson after the Ravens selected him with the 70th overall pick. "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."
The Ravens have now signed five of their seven draft picks. Second-round picks Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody are the only two who have yet to reach terms on a contact.