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Eric Ebron | Tight End | #85

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 253
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (10) / DET
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Eric Ebron caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and one touchdown in the Lions' Week 2 win over the Giants.
Ebron did all of his damage in the first half, as the Lions squatted on the ball in the second half and attempted just four passes after the break. Ebron was running free all night against the Giants' linebackers and safeties, leaving UDFA MLB Calvin Munson and FS Darian Thompson in the dust on a pair of grabs, scoring a short red-zone touchdown against Thompson. Ebron was locked down by Arizona last week, but we saw a glimpse of a possible breakout Monday night. Fire Ebron up as a back-end TE1 streamer at home against Atlanta in Week 3. Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

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Eric Ebron caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

It was an extremely quiet start, but that is not particularly surprising after Ebron missed almost all of camp with a hamstring injury. He was able to make a nice grab for a third-down conversion, but that was about it. He will look for more success next week against the Giants.
Sep 10 - 5:08 PM

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Eric Ebron's role "will show itself as it goes."

We don't know exactly what this means, but it does not sound great. While he is ready to go for Week 1, Ebron missed almost all of camp with a hamstring injury, and Cooter would not say he was confident the tight end will be available all season. Ebron has the upside to be a locked-in TE1, but he is a risky play heading into Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 7 - 12:08 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) isn't listed on the Lions' injury report for Week 1 against the Cardinals.

He's all set for Sunday's opener after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Ebron finished eighth among tight ends with 711 receiving yards last year but only scored one touchdown. Staying on the field has always been his biggest challenge.
Sep 6 - 4:41 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to Lions practice Monday.

Ebron may have been limited to individual drills, but it's still a big step ahead of Week 1. Ebron has barely practiced since first going down on July 31. He should be ready for the opener, but timing and conditioning could be an issue. With Anquan Boldin gone, the Lions need Ebron to be a factor in the red zone. He has just seven touchdowns in 40 career games.
Aug 28 - 2:45 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) is still missing Lions practice.

He's essentially been out with July 31. By all accounts, the Lions were counting on Ebron to take a big leap in his fourth NFL season after finishing top ten amongst tight ends in both catches and yards last year despite missing three games. At very least, the missed cap reps have cost Ebron chances to build red-zone chemistry with Matthew Stafford in practice.
Aug 21 - 2:45 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) has missed every practice this week.

Ebron briefly returned to practice last Friday ahead of the Lions' preseason opener in which he didn't play. It was expected Ebron would build on that this week, but he's again been a spectator. Ebron hurt his hamstring on the first day of camp and has missed all but one practice since. If the breakout is going to happen, Ebron needs to get his health straight after an injury-riddled 2016.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 18 - 9:26 AM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday.

Ebron pulled his hamstring on the first day of camp. He's highly unlikely to suit up against the Colts this weekend, but Ebron should be ready to roll for the final three exhibitions as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Ebron is a popular breakout candidate at tight end with an expanded pass-game role expected in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:59 AM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the Lions "have spent significant time" using two-tight-end formations early in camp.

Considering the Lions lost Anquan Boldin while adding TEs Darren Fells and fourth-rounder Michael Roberts, this was an expected development, but it is still good to see it playing out in camp. Eric Ebron has not been participating in those two-TE sets because he is out with a hamstring injury, but he should benefit from Fells shouldering most of the blocking load. Ebron is a back-end TE1.
Aug 1 - 8:39 AM

Eric Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's practice.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell called it just a "tweak," but any injury is notable for Ebron, who has missed at least two games each of his first three seasons and was limited most of last year with knee and ankle issues. With Anquan Boldin gone, Ebron has a clear path to a breakout, but his health will need to cooperate.
Jul 31 - 8:42 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein considers Eric Ebron a "prime candidate for a breakout year."

That's assuming he stays healthy, which is always a big if with Ebron. The fourth-year tight end tallied a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016, which ranked eighth among tight ends. One way to keep Ebron fresh would be to limit his exposure on run downs, which the Lions can accomplish by giving those snaps to blocking tight end Darren Fells. With Anquan Boldin gone, Ebron can also expect a much bigger role in the red zone this year. At the moment, he's being drafted as a borderline TE1 in most fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:11 AM

The Detroit Free Press expects Eric Ebron to be more involved in the red-zone.

Ebron was held to just one touchdown last year. With Anquan Boldin gone, he's a lock to see more red-zone targets. Ebron has struggled with injuries and consistency, but there's blowup potential in a make-or-break season. Ebron's 2018 option is guaranteed for injury only.
Jul 14 - 5:35 PM

Eric Ebron said he is "overly excited" about his tweaked 2017 role.

"It's going to be fun for me," he added. Ebron previously said his 2017 usage will allow him to "do the things that I'm best at," which means stretching the field in matchups with linebackers and safeties. Ebron should also be far more involved in scoring position, where Anquan Boldin hogged a team-high 22 red-zone targets last season and Ebron drew just six. Still only 24 years old, Ebron is this year's most obvious breakout candidate at tight end.
Jul 10 - 3:58 PM

Eric Ebron believes the Lions' offseason additions at tight end will allow him to "do the things that I’m best at."

The Lions added two block-first tight ends in the offseason, signing Darren Fells in free agency and selecting Michael Roberts in the fourth round. Those two should allow Ebron to play more of a receiving role, something he believes will be "significant." After seeing 85 targets in 13 games last year, Ebron has a real path to 100 this season, and Anquan Boldin's departure leaves 22 red-zone targets up for grabs. If healthy, Ebron could finally be ready for a breakout.
Jun 22 - 8:23 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Eric Ebron "just keeps getting better."

"Every single year when you look at his output, he’s improved," Caldwell said. "If he improves at the same rate he’s improved the last two years, it’s going to be a pretty outstanding season for him." Outside of touchdowns, Ebron's production has risen each of his three years in the league, and he set career highs in receptions and yards last year despite missing three games and struggling through others with knee and ankle issues. Injuries have been a consistent concern for Ebron, however, and any "breakout" will have to come with improved health. For what it is worth, Ebron says he feels "great" coming out of the offseason.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 10:28 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Tion Green
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jared Abbrederis
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
LT1Greg Robinson
2Corey Robinson
3Emmett Cleary
LG1Graham Glasgow
C1Travis Swanson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Joe Dahl
RT1Rick Wagner
2Brian Mihalik
K1Matt Prater