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Eric Ebron | Tight End | #85

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (10) / DET
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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

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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.
Source: MLive.com
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.
Source: MLive.com
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-3 targets for 28 yards in Detroit's Week 12 shellacking of the Eagles.

Coming off a miserable effort against the Raiders, Ebron was an afterthought on a day where Matthew Stafford did whatever he wanted. Ebron has shown glimpses of his monstrous upside, but has been too mistake-prone for the Lions to feature. He'll be a low-end TE2 for the season's stretch run.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Eric Ebron (quad, hand) is listed as probable for Week 12.

Ebron was limited Monday, but practiced in full the last two days. He's just a TE2 against the Eagles on Thanksgiving.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 04:20:00 PM

Eric Ebron said he's just "going through a minor phase" and promised his struggles will end this week.

Ebron admitted he's had a little trouble adjusting to Jim Bob Cooter's offense. "He wants things different ways," said Ebron. "So now I just got to adjust to it, and just pick up where I left off." Ebron got off to a good start this year but has averaged just 17.3 receiving yards over his last three games. He'll be a TE2 against the Eagles on Thanksgiving.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 07:43:00 PM

Eric Ebron (quad, hand) was upgraded to "full" on Tuesday.

He'll be ready to go on Thanksgiving against the Eagles. Coming off a miserable day against the Raiders, Ebron is a low-end TE2 for Week 12.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Eric Ebron (quad, hand) was listed as a limited participant in Lions practice Monday.

The Lions didn't actually practice, but NFL rules dictate they release an estimated injury report. Ebron seems likely to be a go for Thanksgiving against the Eagles, but his poor play has rendered Ebron a poor fantasy option.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Joique Bell
4Zach Zenner
5George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2T.J. Jones
3Ryan Spadola
4Austin Willis
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
3Corey Washington
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Tim Wright
4Jordan Thompson
5Casey Pierce
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
2Gabe Ikard
3Braxston Cave
4Darren Keyton
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Michael Ola
2Cornelius Lucas
3Tyrus Thompson
K1Matt Prater