With the conclusion of this weekend’s rookie and first year player minicamp it now turns into a massive waiting game as any of the 20 plus try-out players wait to see if they impressed enough to get a call and a contract. That wait for one try-out player didn’t take very long as 2010 draftee Dorin Dickerson has been signed by the Bills per his own Twitter account.
Dickerson who was the talk of the 2010 NFL Draft Combine has yet to record a single catch in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in 2010, and has since spent time with the New England Patriots. He came to Buffalo on a try-out deal and was impressive enough this past weekend to earn a full contract, details of which are not yet known.
Dickerson was a bit of a late bloomer at the University Pittsburgh where he played under current defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. In 2008 Dickerson caught 13 passes for 179 yards and two TD’s but then in 2009 those numbers jumped to 49 receptions, 529 yards, and 10 TD’s. Dickerson became a very dangerous part of the Panthers offense as a player they would utilize both inline and out of the slot. It was clear he has terrific athletic ability which allowed him to get plenty of separation but nobody really knew just how athletic he was until the NFL Combine.
Once in Indianapolis Dickerson began to wow people with his testing numbers. He came in a bit under his listed height when he measured out at 6013 and 226 lbs. However he put on a show in the testing section by running a 4.4 40 yard dash, leaping 43 ½” for his vertical, and bench pressing 225 lbs. 24 times. From a physics standpoint many of those numbers don’t make much sense.
If Dickerson can play in the slot and continue to develop as route runner, he has the potential to make this squad as a #2 TE behind Chandler and in front of blocking specialist Lee Smith.
Later on in the day the Bills announced a few more roster moves by adding OT James Carmon, SAF Nick Saenz, and cutting QB Aaron Corp, and SAF Ian Wild. Carmon is probably the most interesting add of all for us. We actually identified Carmon last summer as a prospect to watch in our Sleeping Seniors series. He was a big DT to LT convert who Mississippi State was praying could help them fill the loss of Derek Sherrod. He did more than just fill the loss, he made them almost forget he was ever there. Carmon was a very good LT with surprisingly good feet and impressive strength.
We know Buddy Nix likes bigger OT’s so it should be no surprise that Carmon was targeted by the Bills. Carmon actually received multiple calls from teams after the draft and initially choose the Ravens. However for whatever reason he did not end up with the Ravens and the Bills were able to snatch him up.
What you have is a likely RT prospect that can move extremely well. It gives you a lot of depth along the OL and you don’t have to be as worried about Glenn being a good LT with both Carmon and Hairston capable of at least taking over. Carmon however is still very raw, he’s only now learning the intricacies of playing on the offensive line but he does offer great potential at that position.
Also interesting to note that with Michael Jasper on the inside a Bills Offensive line of Carmon-Glenn-Wood-Jasper-Hairston would weigh approximately 1,678 pounds. In other words, where is the beef!?! That would be nearly a metric a ton and would almost dare any of our current 34 alignment conference foes to try and beat this line one on one.
We profiled SAF Nick Saenz here, so be sure to read all about the newest member of the Buffalo Bills!
With the moves today the Bills currently sit right at 90 roster spots.