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Eric Ebron | Tight End | #85

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 253
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (10) / DET
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Indy Star's Stephen Holder writes Eric Ebron "has been among the more impressive Colts" during the offseason program.
Ebron has been used all over the formation by new coach Frank Reich. "He’s really smart," Reich said. "And that’s really good because you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and move him around and call all kinds of things with him." Even with Jack Doyle atop the depth chart, Ebron should see his fair share of targets in an offense desperate for playmakers behind T.Y. Hilton. He is a fine late-round stab in deeper leagues. Jun 18 - 10:23 AM

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Eric Ebron says the reason he signed with the Colts is "because of Andrew Luck, to keep it honest."

"It doesn’t really matter where I played or where I went, I just wanted a quarterback and someone that I knew could get me the ball and pretty much work with me the way that I knew that I needed to be worked with," Ebron continued. "And I think Andrew Luck was the perfect fit." Ebron has failed to live up to the expectations of being the Lions' tenth-overall pick in 2014, but he's only 25 and is now in a Frank Reich-led offense that will likely utilize both him and Jack Doyle to create mismatches all over.
Apr 12 - 4:38 PM

Colts coach Frank Reich called Eric Ebron an "elite tight end."

As the league moves more toward man coverage, Reich said having an "elite" guy like Ebron helps the offense create one-on-ones. "Get all the receivers on one side, get the back on the other side, and then just put the tight end back here and see what (the defense) does," the coach said. "And then you get a linebacker, you get a safety, and if you get a tight end like Ebron, and even when they have a corner on him, you feel like it’s still a winning matchup, because of his size and catch radius." Reich is coming from an offense which utilized Zach Ertz all over the formation, and it sounds like he has similar plans for Ebron.
Mar 29 - 9:50 AM

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract.

Ebron can earn up to $15 million over the course of the deal; it's a nice haul for the former No. 10 overall pick who was cut by the Lions last week before his $8 million-plus salary became guaranteed. In Indy, Ebron gives the Colts a pair of capable tight ends -- along with Jack Doyle -- for new coach Frank Reich and OC Nick Sirianni, who both come from offenses in Philly and San Diego/L.A. where multiple-tight end sets were an offensive staple.
Mar 19 - 8:57 PM

Free agent Eric Ebron is visiting the Colts on Monday.

Ebron met with the Panthers on Friday, and he reportedly could visit the Patriots as well. With the first wave of free agency in the books, Ebron is easily the best tight end left on the market. The former first-round pick turns 25 in a couple weeks.
Mar 19 - 9:49 AM

Free agent TE Eric Ebron will visit the Panthers on Friday.

He will then visit the Colts and "potentially" the Patriots. Searching for a new backup to replace Ed Dickson, the Panthers hosted Luke Willson on Thursday. Carolina will be Ebron's first-known visit since his Wednesday release from the Lions.
Mar 15 - 5:55 PM

Lions released TE Eric Ebron.

The move had to be made today before 4 PM ET if the Lions were going to save his $8 million-plus salary from becoming guaranteed. They tried to trade the enigmatic tight end but were unsuccessful. Ebron will certainly have a market and hasn't yet turned 25. Lions fans have long held a grudge against Ebron after he failed to live up to his No. 10 overall pick draft status in 2014, especially since the Lions passed on LT Taylor Lewan, WR Odell Beckham, and DT Aaron Donald, who were selected consecutively at Nos. 11-13. The Lions now need a tight end.
Mar 14 - 3:12 PM

The Lions met with Eric Ebron on Thursday.

Per ESPN's Dianna Russini, team officials remain "open" to trading Ebron and gave the tight end no assurances that he'd be back next season. Ebron's $8.25 million team option for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Wednesday, so the Lions could be looking to strike a deal before that deadline. Drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, Ebron has never come close to meeting expectations in Detroit.
Mar 9 - 2:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions were "listening" to trade offers for Eric Ebron at last week's Combine.

Ebron's $8.25 million salary becomes guaranteed on the first day of the new league year, next Wednesday, and Schefter says Ebron is "a name to watch in the coming days" on the trade market. The Lions have maintained the stance that they're keeping Ebron for his contract year in 2018, but they obviously aren't married to the idea. The No. 10 overall pick in 2014, Ebron hasn't at all lived up to his draft status. He wouldn't fetch more than a mid-round pick or a similarly unproductive player at a bloated salary. GM Bob Quinn didn't draft Ebron in Detroit.
Mar 6 - 8:19 PM

The Lions are not expected to release Eric Ebron.

Ebron's fifth-year, $8.25 million option is guaranteed for injury only, but GM Bob Quinn has said Ebron will be back. His salary becomes guaranteed on the first day of the new league year. Ebron is coming off another uneven year but did play slightly better down the stretch. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2014 draft has posted more than 600 yards receiving only once.
Feb 19 - 1:43 PM

Eric Ebron caught just 1-of-6 targets for nine yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

It was a tough ending to a down-then-up 2017 for Ebron, who emerged as one of the best fantasy tight ends in the latter half of the season. Ebron didn't have a single 100-yard game, but he did set a career best with 10 catches for 94 yards against the Bucs in Week 14 and finished the year with a 53-574-4 line after failing to top 42 yards each of the first six weeks. Owed a non-guaranteed $8.25 million on his fifth-year option, the Lions face a tough decision this offseason, and it is completely up in the air what they will do. Perhaps a potential new coaching staff will have a say in the matter.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 06:18:00 PM

Eric Ebron (knee) was removed from the Week 17 injury report.

Ebron practiced fully Friday after he was limited early in the week. He's one of the top tight end plays for a matchup with the Packers. Ebron has 80-plus yards or a touchdown in three straight games.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 03:14:00 PM

Eric Ebron (knee) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Fantasy owners know by now that Ebron's next injury is never far away, though he's somehow appeared in all 15 games this season. Ebron has topped 80 yards in two of his last three outings, including Week 16 when he registered 83 yards in a loss to Cincinnati.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:14:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 5-of-8 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

Ebron continued his late-season success in the Lions loss. His touchdown was a 33-yard pass where Ebron burned a linebacker in single coverage. Ebron remains a high-upside, athletic tight end that has struggled with consistency. He is a low-end TE1 against the Packers in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 5-of-7 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

After setting career highs in receptions and yards a week ago, Ebron led the Lions in opportunity for the second straight week. He converted a third down on the opening drive of the game with a 19-yard reception that set up the first points of the game for the Lions, then reeled in an 8-yard touchdown that put Detroit 20-3 in the third quarter. Ebron has quietly put himself back on the streaming map once again at the tight end position for next week’s game against the Bengals.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andrew Luck
2Jacoby Brissett
3Brad Kaaya
4Phillip Walker
RB1Marlon Mack
2Robert Turbin
3Nyheim Hines
4Christine Michael
5Jordan Wilkins
GLB1Robert Turbin
2Marlon Mack
3RB1Robert Turbin
2Marlon Mack
WR11T.Y. Hilton
2Daurice Fountain
3K.J. Brent
4Krishawn Hogan
5Zach Pascal
6Seantavius Jones
WR21Chester Rogers
2Ryan Grant
3Deon Cain
4Dres Anderson
5James Wright
WR31Ryan Grant
TE1Jack Doyle
2Eric Ebron
3Erik Swoope
4Ross Travis
5Mo Alie-Cox
LT1Anthony Castonzo
2Le'Raven Clark
3Tyreek Burwell
LG1Quenton Nelson
2Jack Mewhort
3Jeremy Vujnovich
C1Ryan Kelly
2Matt Slauson
3Deyshawn Bond
RG1Braden Smith
2Mark Glowinski
RT1Joe Haeg
2Austin Howard
3Denzelle Good
K1Adam Vinatieri