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which is nearly 100 yards more than his previous career high of 76 way back in 2011. Though Dickson is extremely unlikely to come close to 175 yards the rest of the season, he’s certainly in the TE1 discussion while Greg Olsen is out. During three full games without Olsen, Dickson has been on the field for all but one of the Panthers’ 183 offensive snaps. He has run 89 of 108 possible pass routes, which is only six behind Devin Funchess for tops on the team. Dickson’s nine targets over the past two weeks ranks fourth on the team but trails Kelvin Benjamin by one and Christian McCaffrey by four.
What happens at left tackle is worth monitoring. Taylor Decker (shoulder surgery) has been out since the spring, but appears on target for a return this season. That’s huge for Detroit considering Greg Robinson hasn’t been good as a fill-in. Robinson, in many ways, has gotten worse by the week. Detroit’s offense has suffered, leading to injury issue No. 2: Matthew Stafford’s hamstring/ankle. Stafford’s injuries came after being sacked six times for the second straight week in part because of a struggling line. Decker’s return, whenever it comes, should fix that issue. But until that happens, it’s going to be a problem. — Michael Rothstein
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The system is set up to work to the teams’ advantage. Everyone knows this. The Giants will now wait to see how Beckham performs when he comes back and make a decision during or after the 2018 season on whether to extend him. Even then, they have the possibility of the 2019 franchise tag at their disposal if they decide they want him back but can’t reach a deal.
Which is why it’s worth celebrating these guys when they make it to the big contract. That’s an achievement. The whole game is rigged to keep them from getting the long-term deal. Those who do it deserve to puff out their chest and have their accomplishment hailed as if they’d made a big play to win a big game.