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Eric Ebron | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: North Carolina
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DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman said the acquisition of TE Tim Wright had "nothing to do" with Eric Ebron.
Several Lions' beat writers have expressed the same sentiment following the trade with most speculating Wright's acquisition has more to do with the organization's feelings towards Joseph Fauria. Detroit could decide to keep four tight ends, but with Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew locks, Wright and Fauria could be competing for one roster spot. Aug 31 - 11:06 AM

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Eric Ebron surprisingly did not play in the Lions' third preseason game.

No reason was given. We'll hope to get one from coach Jim Caldwell by Saturday morning. Ebron has two catches for 26 yards so far this preseason.
Aug 28 - 10:09 PM

Sophomore TE Eric Ebron has "turned heads" inside the Lions' organization with his performance this offseason.

The Lions want to play faster this year after averaging 65.3 plays a contest last season. With not much on the depth chart behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron could be the beneficiary of the couple extra plays Detroit is likely to run each game. He is a very interesting TE2.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 8:13 AM

Eric Ebron says he could "never get healthy" as a rookie.

Ebron says he battled leftover "nicks and bruises" from his college career, while he was slowed by a lingering hamstring ailment in the middle of the year. Ebron has been drawing hype for his sophomore camp performance, but is reportedly still struggling with drops. He's a boom-or-bust TE2.
Aug 11 - 7:16 PM

The Detroit Free Press says Eric Ebron has had "a good camp overall" and "proved to be one of Matthew Stafford's top targets" during Saturday's scrimmage.

It's the third positive report on Ebron in the last four days. Given his athleticism and the Lions' lack of pass-catching depth behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, there's certainly room for a second-year leap. We're just not willing to invest much draft capital in Ebron given how poor the rookie-year tape looked.
Aug 11 - 8:42 AM

Matthew Stafford says he has a better rapport with Eric Ebron than he did last season.

"Eric for sure has a bunch of talent and he and I are on the same page when we start talking," Stafford said. "He understands what I’m saying now a little bit more than last year." Ebron echoed his quarterback's comments. "We both understand now the same thing and we both speak the same language." Drops have remained an issue for Ebron through the early days of camp, but most reports have been positive. The No. 10 overall pick of last year's draft has the talent to make a major leap.
Aug 10 - 2:00 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reports second-year Lions TE Eric Ebron is "showing signs in camp he might be ready to take the next step."

Garofolo's observation is just an aside in an article about the Lions' running game. It's interestingly timed, as it comes one day after the Detroit Free Press reported that Ebron is still struggling with drops. Ebron's upside is through the roof, but he was highly inconsistent as a rookie, and has always struggled with drops. He'll begin 2015 as a boom-or-bust TE2.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 8 - 10:13 AM

Second-year TE Eric Ebron continues to struggle with dropped passes at Lions camp.

Questionable hands was Ebron's biggest knock entering the NFL. But this is the first negative camp report we've read on Ebron after he was still struggling in the spring, so at least drops are fewer and further between than they were last year. He dropped two passes in Thursday's practice, leading beat writer Dave Birkett to say Ebron's "inconsistency is maddening." Ebron is a potential second-year breakout candidate, but we'll have to see him put it all together in the preseason.
Aug 7 - 10:20 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett observes that drops are "still an issue" for Eric Ebron at OTAs.

Take nuggets from offseason workouts with a grain of salt, but this one is noteworthy nonetheless. Ebron only caught 54.3 percent of his targets as a rookie and dropped four of the 29 "catchable" balls that came his way. His 13.79 percent drop rate was sixth-highest among tight ends who played 25 percent of their team's snaps. Ebron's hands were a big question mark coming out of UNC.
Jun 1 - 10:11 PM

MLive.com projects TE Eric Ebron for 50 receptions, 500-600 yards and 4-5 touchdowns this season.

Like many rookie tight ends, Ebron struggled to an ugly 25-248-1 line last year. A leap to MLive's projection would put him in the fantasy TE2 range, a reasonable spot for the No. 3 option in a pass game that wants to cut down on volume. Expect tons more Ebron puff pieces throughout the offseason as the Lions' brass gets defensive about their so-far disappointing No. 10 overall pick.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 20 - 8:06 AM

Lions TE Eric Ebron traveled to Atlanta this offseason to work on his routes with Matthew Stafford.

Ebron was targeted just 46 times last season. The Lions are counting on a bigger role for him now that he's more acclimated. Ebron projects as the No. 3 option behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Limited to a 25/248/1 line as a rookie, Ebron is a second-year leap candidate.
Apr 4 - 3:37 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said he's counting on second-year TE Eric Ebron being the No. 3 weapon on offense behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

This is nothing new, but Lombardi is just the latest in a long line of Lions higher-ups to sing Ebron's praises this offseason. Since the season ended, Ebron has been making routine flights to Atlanta to work side-by-side with Matthew Stafford. Everyone involved is expecting a big jump from Ebron.
Mar 31 - 8:13 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell is anticipating a "pretty significant rise" in Eric Ebron's performance.

Ebron struggled with drops and the scheme as a rookie, disappointing with a 25-248-1 line. It's not uncommon for first-year tight ends. Ebron has more than enough talent to break out in Year 2. "I'm going to tell you something. His offseason to this point has been pretty impressive," Caldwell said.
Mar 26 - 10:08 AM

The Lions' website foresees a "much bigger impact" from Eric Ebron in 2015 than he made as a rookie.

As many rookie tight ends do, Ebron had an up-and-down first season, finishing with a 25-248-1 receiving line. Not yet 22 years old, Ebron did earn a more consistent role as the season wore on and is a candidate for a sophomore leap. For now, we'd project Ebron as a mid-range TE2 with upside for quite a bit more.
Mar 17 - 9:49 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he expects a second-year leap from Eric Ebron.

Ebron was limited to 25 catches as a rookie, playing the majority of the season behind in-line blocker Brandon Pettigrew. He'll be a prime candidate for an expanded role entering his second year under OC Joe Lombardi. Ebron has TE1 upside in the Lions' high-volume passing attack. Still just 21, he remains a buy-low target in Dynasty leagues.
Feb 4 - 6:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4Zach Zenner
5George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Greg Salas
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Deon Butler
4Lance Moore
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Tim Wright
K1Matt Prater