Though he may have initially seemed like an insignificant offseason acquisition, free-agent pickup Dorin Dickerson has been turning heads at Buffalo Bills OTAs.
According to Bills lead journalist Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, head coach Chan Gailey describes Dickerson as “more of an H-back type player than an on the line player.” And that’s how Gailey’s been utilizing his newest offseason weapon so far.
In OTAs, Dickerson has been making plenty of catches and flashing his excellent speed. Brown specifies him as the reason behind the “new wrinkle” and “different dimension” the team has implemented on offense; because of his unique speed and skill set at the position, he offers plenty of options for offensive guru Gailey.
Dickerson is a former seventh-round draft choice of the Houston Texans out of Pittsburgh, where he spent time with Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. Dickerson's skills have translated well to the NFL since he performed similar roles in Pitt's offense. He had this to say in Brown’s report:
“I’ve been doing this since my junior year in college at Pitt so I know how to do it,” said Dickerson of the H-back role. “I know how to block and run routes and that’s why it’s coming easier to me than it might for a regular wide receiver or tight end.”
Along with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, having someone like Dickerson to confuse the defense could be yet another advantage for Buffalo. Gailey knows how to game-plan and use creative strategy as well as any of the game’s offensive minds, so the potential with Dickerson is intriguing.
Chris Brown speculates that Dickerson’s best chance at cracking the 53-man roster is as a third tight end.
Viewed by the Bills as an “untapped talent,” Dickerson is hoping to carve out a role for himself in Buffalo. If he can do that, he could help the Bills’ offense carve out a role for itself among the NFL’s best.
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