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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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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

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Date: 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.
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

Eric Ebron secured 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to the Cowboys.

Ebron saw his first target late in the third quarter, picking up eight yards. He added gains of six and seven on two fourth-quarter checkdowns. Ebron is incredibly young -- he won't turn 22 until next April -- so his 25-248-1 rookie-season line shouldn't be taken as an indication he'll disappoint in the NFL. Ebron does need to become a more consistent pass catcher and learn to play to his athleticism. He too often "played slow" as a rookie. The Lions will certainly look to Ebron for a second-year leap in 2015. He wouldn't be a bad "buy-low" target in Dynasty and keeper leagues.
Jan 4 - 8:31 PM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Packers.

It was another brutally inefficient day for the No. 10 overall pick of May's draft, who closes the book on his first regular season the owner of a disappointing 25/248/1 line. Ebron was never expected to come out gangbusters, but his dynasty light has dimmed a bit. Good things rarely happened when he was targeted by Matthew Stafford this season.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Eric Ebron secured 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

Ebron handled the bulk of Detroit's tight end work with Joseph Fauria on I.R. and Brandon Pettigrew operating as a sixth lineman. A disappointment as a rookie, Ebron won't be a TE1 streamer when the Lions head to Solder Field next.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 3-of-4 targets for 23 yards in Detroit's Week 13 win over the Bears.

Ebron had the matchup of a lifetime in a Bears defense bleeding fantasy points to tight ends, but couldn't manage his second four-catch day of the season. Ebron has posted either 22 or 23 yards in each of his past four games, a difficult feat. The first tight end off the board in May's draft is currently on pace for just 27/247/1.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Eric Ebron secured 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards in the Lions' Week 12 loss to New England.

To say Ebron's rookie year has been underwhelming would be an understatement. That said, this is probably a good time to put in a trade offer for Ebron in Dynasty leagues. He's only 21 years old, and will only get better.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 4-of-4 targets for 22 yards in Detroit's Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.

The four catches were the most of Ebron's young career, but it's his struggles as a blocker that will stand out on film. Ebron won't be a viable TE2 against the Patriots in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) is probable for Week 11.

Ebron will return after missing the last three games. He has a favorable matchup against a Cardinals defense that struggles to cover tight ends, but figures to have a limited role. Joseph Fauria (ankle) is also expected to return this week.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 11.

Ebron has missed the last three games and will likely be returning to a limited role. All of the Lions' tight ends are practicing the week, with Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria also listed as full participants.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
5Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Andrew Peacock
5Vernon Johnson
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Ryan Broyles
4Lance Moore
5Greg Salas
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5David Ausberry
K1Matt Prater
2Kyle Brindza