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Eric Ebron | Tight End | #85

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (10) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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The Lions' official website expects Eric Ebron to "see a huge uptick in the number of balls thrown his way this year."
It's noteworthy as longtime in-house reporter Tim Twentyman is still saying so following the addition of Anquan Boldin. Ebron was targeted a modest 69 times last season. He needs a jump into the 90-100 range to be a legitimate TE1. Jul 28 - 5:39 PM

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Eric Ebron expects to have a more "exciting" role in the Lions' offense this year.

Ebron's first two seasons yielded mixed results, but he did take a step forward in year two. "Things have become a lot more exciting now," he said. "You kind of know your place, know your position, so now all you have to do is just have fun and play football." OC Jim Bob Cooter agreed that Ebron is ready to make "big strides." The 2014 top-ten pick should have a much larger role in the passing game with Calvin Johnson out of the picture.
Jun 13 - 9:07 AM

Eric Ebron is sitting out OTAs with an undisclosed injury.

Coach Jim Caldwell did not reveal the details of the injury, but it does not sound like a long-term concern. "He’s healing," Caldwell said. "He’s coming along, so we’ve got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." Ebron should be 100 percent well before training camp.
May 28 - 9:01 AM

Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore.
May 26 - 11:24 AM

Eric Ebron expects to have an expanded role this season.

"I'm going to try to be a safety net," Ebron said. "You always have to find that one guy, and I'm not going to say right now it's going to me, but that's what I'm going to work toward during OTAs and minicamp." Ebron faded in the second half of last year, but has breakout potential as the top candidate for Calvin Johnson’s targets. Ebron will compete with Marvin Jones to be the No. 2 option behind Golden Tate.
Apr 23 - 8:11 PM

Future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez said he believes Eric Ebron "needs to turn his routine around."

"From a talent perspective, he could be one of the best tight ends in the league," Gonzalez said. "I don’t know who’s teaching him out there. I don’t know what his coach is telling him, but obviously, I would think that he needs to turn his routine around. If he could figure out a routine that would help him get to where he should be, then he’ll be on his way. But a lot of guys don’t do that; they don’t figure it out." If Calvin Johnson retires, which seems to be the case at the moment, the Lions are going to be looking for a serious third-year leap from Ebron. He needs to cut out the mental mistakes and the drops to ascend to that next level. The Lions hired ex-Miami coach Al Golden as TEs coach on Monday.
Feb 1 - 6:59 PM

Eric Ebron caught 5-of-7 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Ebron's second NFL season was ultimately rocky, but it was a huge step up from his dreadful rookie campaign by any measure. Ebron became a legitimate fantasy asset when Brandon Pettigrew missed time and gave Matthew Stafford an explosive-if-inconsistent fourth pass-game weapon to complement Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Theo Riddick. Ebron doesn't turn 23 until April. His final 2015 stat line is 47-537-5. So long as his ADP doesn't get out of control, Ebron will be a sneaky breakout candidate for 2016.
Jan 3 - 5:17 PM

Eric Ebron caught 4-of-5 targets for 49 yards in the Lions' Week 16 win over San Francisco.

Albeit not spectacular, Ebron had an efficient day at the office coming off his 79-yard game against the Saints. The Lions will want to see Ebron continue to build confidence and avoid back-breaking drops when they finish out their season against Chicago in Week 16. Ebron is still only 22 years old.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Eric Ebron reeled in four of five targets for 79 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Saints.

Ebron chewed up 45 yards on a beautiful catch-and-run in the first half. Later, he set the Lions up with a first-and-goal at the one-yard-line after an 18-yard grab in the fourth quarter. With Brandon Pettigrew out for the year, Ebron should be a solid streaming option the rest of the way. Consider him a borderline TE1 next week against the Niners.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:20:00 AM

Eric Ebron (illness) is active for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Saints.

Calvin Johnson (ankle) is also active after both he and Ebron were listed as questionable. Megatron is a surefire WR1 play in a dream spot, while Ebron, though he's as up-and-down as they come, has definite appeal as a TE1 streamer against the Saints' league-worst defense. Inactive for the Lions are WR Corey Fuller, RB George Winn, OT Corey Robinson, C Gabe Ikard, DT Gabe Wright, DT Jermelle Cudjo, and CB Bill Bentley.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:03:00 PM

Eric Ebron (illness) is questionable for Week 15 against the Saints.

Ebron should be ready for Monday night despite barely practicing this week. He's a solid TE1 streamer in a plus matchup. Ebron should see close to an every-down role with Brandon Pettigrew sidelined.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Eric Ebron (illness) did not practice Saturday.

Ebron was limited by the illness Friday. Normally a downgrade would be a concern, but, in this case, it is likely Ebron was given a rest day to get fully healthy. ESPN's Michael Rothstein believes Ebron should be able to play Monday. He will be an upside TE1 streamer in a great matchup.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 11:41:00 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke believes Eric Ebron will have an "expanded role" with Brandon Pettigrew facing a season-ending knee injury.

Ebron was a solid fantasy contributor early in the season when Pettigrew was sidelined, averaging just under six targets and 54 yards in four games. Ebron has seen his role in the offense fall of a cliff in the last month, but with Pettigrew out he almost has to play significant snaps over the final three weeks of the season. Ebron also has a great matchup this week with the Saints, making him a risky TE1 streamer.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:22:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-2 targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Detroit's Week 13 loss to the Packers.

Matthew Stafford had no choice but to target Ebron on his touchdown, as the Packers forgot all about him in the end zone. With 75 percent of the season in the books, the inconsistent sophomore is on pace for just 43/500/6. He has only seven targets over his past three games, and won't be a realistic TE2 for the stretch run.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:45:00 AM

Eric Ebron has five targets total the last two games.

Ebron had five targets in every game he finished through Week 10. Coach Jim Caldwell declined to say Ebron's role in the offense was shrinking, but his "packages" excuse for Ebron's lack of looks is the same one he used for benched S James Ihedigbo. Ebron has struggled with drops all season and has been especially bad since the bye week. A dreadful blocker, there is no reason for Ebron to be on the field if he is not catching passes. Once a TE1 streaming option in good matchups, Ebron is not worth using even in a good matchup against the Packers next week.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
4Andre Caldwell
5Jace Billingsley
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Jeremy Kerley
4Andre Roberts
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Adam Fuehne
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Luke Marquardt
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
K1Matt Prater
2Devon Bell