Tight end Dorin Dickerson played 11 games for the Bills last season. He signed with the Lions on Monday. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)
Allen Park — Coaching in the Senior Bowl instead of the postseason certainly is not the goal for an NFL staff.
But the two experiences Jim Schwartz and Co. had in that game continues to pay dividends.
Tight end Dorin Dickerson played for the Lions’ staff in Mobile, Ala., in 2010 when he was with Pittsburgh, and that familiarity helped bring the free agent to Detroit.
“They were with us for a whole entire week so they know us pretty well,” Dickerson said. “With Schwartz and all those guys, I just got a good vibe when I was down there, and just now I’m real excited.”
Lions running back Joique Bell was also on the North squad Schwartz’s staff coached in 2010.
This season, the Lions drafted defensive end Ziggy Ansah, offensive guard Larry Warford and tight end Michael Williams after both played on the South squad coached by Schwartz.
Although he’s listed as a tight end, Dickerson ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the combine in 2010, so the 6-foot-1 target has the speed of a wide receiver. After being drafted in the seventh round by the Texans, Dickerson spent time on the practice squad with the Steelers and Patriots, and he played 11 games for the Bills (nine catches for 117 yards) last season.
Dickerson’s addition gives the Lions depth at tight end in the wake of Tony Scheffler’s concussion from Week 5.
Stafford not satisfied
With four touchdowns and one interception last weekend, Matthew Stafford continues to show last season’s struggles may have been more of an anomaly this his 2011 performance.
Stafford, however, isn’t totally satisfied with his play this season. He has 1,772 yards, 12 touchdowns, four interceptions, two lost fumbles and a 95 rating.
“It’s been good and bad,” he said. “Obviously every game there’s plays I feel like I succeeded in my role and other plays I wish I had them back. That’s the same way it is every week. I’m just trying to lead this team the best I can, the best way I know how and get us in the right direction.”
His time will come
Ryan Broyles had his most extensive action this season last weekend, but despite playing 49 snaps, he had just two targets and zero catches.
“For one reason or another, it just hasn’t gone to him a whole bunch,” Stafford said. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it, it’s just the way it’s going. He’s continuing to work hard like a true pro, and when his opportunities come, I’m sure he’ll be out there making plays.”