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Eric Ebron | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: North Carolina
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Eric Ebron was held without a catch on one target in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Packers.
The No. 10 overall pick of May's draft now has three catches on eight targets through three games. With no signs that he's about to become a bigger part of the Lions' offense, Ebron remains waiver-wire fodder in 12-14 team re-draft leagues. Sep 21 - 6:17 PM

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Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron secured 3-of-5 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Ebron was more involved after playing just 18 snaps in Detroit's opener, when he was held without a catch. He had a bad drop late in Sunday's loss, however, and remains a work in progress at age 21. We love Ebron's long-range outlook in Dynasty leagues, but he is barely on the TE2 radar in re-draft settings.
Sep 14 - 5:18 PM

Eric Ebron played on 18-of-68 snaps in Monday night's win over the Giants.

Brandon Pettigrew started and was used on 58 percent of the Lions' plays, with Joseph Fauria getting 29 snaps. Ebron is going to be more involved as the year progresses, but he's just a deep stash in re-draft leagues. His best path to playing time could be at slot receiver over Jeremy Ross. Ebron was held without a catch on two targets in his debut.
Sep 9 - 11:16 AM

Eric Ebron failed to reel in either of his two targets in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants.

Ebron saw a target in the end zone, but failed to high-point the ball and dropped it. Drops were a major concern in college, and they've carried over into the NFL. He may even be behind both Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria on the depth chart. We're not expecting much of a year-one impact from the No. 10 pick.
Sep 8 - 11:29 PM

First-round TE Eric Ebron had two catches for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

Ebron rotated first-team reps with Brandon Pettigrew and played in two tight-end packages. His longest play was a 15-yard catch-and-run on a swing pass out of the backfield. Ebron made a critical block on Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown run, which should help get him on the field more. His blocking has been an issue in camp. Ebron has five catches for 65 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 12:51 AM

First-round TE Eric Ebron is struggling as a blocker so far at camp.

It's not a surprise as Ebron was drafted 10th overall to catch passes, not block people. The good news is that he's reportedly coming along in terms of route-running and drops, and is learning four different positions. Ebron's most likely role in Year 1 is as a passing package player that lines up in the slot. Still only 21 years old, he's a far better Dynasty prospect than re-draft target.
Aug 13 - 8:05 AM

Eric Ebron caught one pass for two yards in the Lions' preseason debut.

He was targeted four times, lining up in the backfield on one of his looks. Ebron has long-term upside, but isn't expected to be a big part of the Lions' offense early in the season.
Aug 9 - 11:28 PM

Rookie Eric Ebron is listed as the No. 4 tight end on the Lions' training camp depth chart.

Brandon Pettigrew remains the starter and continues to handle first-team reps. Ebron has struggled with drops throughout the offseason, but should have no trouble moving ahead of red-zone specialist Joseph Fauria and Jordan Thompson. Ebron could see the majority of his snaps in the slot as a rookie.
Aug 5 - 7:16 PM

First-round TE Eric Ebron blames his dropped passes this summer on "overthinking" his assignments.

"(The drops are) me overthinking my assignments, my alignments, and making sure I'm right," Ebron said. "And while all those roles are playing in my head, here comes a 90 mph fastball from Matt Stafford. You're not going to catch it -- you're never going to catch it -- if you're thinking about something else while that ball is coming to you." Stafford may have the strongest arm in the league.
Aug 4 - 12:39 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports first-round TE Eric Ebron has dropped "an inordinate number" of passes through spring and the first two days of camp.

Before the draft, at least one NFL scout questioned Ebron's hands, especially when going over the middle. He had an 11.4 percent drop rate last season at UNC. Coach Jim Caldwell isn't worried, and blames Ebron learning so many positions and thinking too much for his shaky hands. It could be an up-and-down rookie year for Ebron. He's a late flier in re-draft, but we love him in Dynasty.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

First-round TE Eric Ebron said learning multiple positions is "what's killing me."

"I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z," Ebron continued. "It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce." Ebron went on to say he expects to line up in the slot on 50 percent of his snaps as a rookie, with the other 50 percent coming as an inline blocker and out of the backfield. We don't expect TE1 production from Ebron until 2015.
Jul 1 - 10:29 AM

No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron spent most of spring practices running with the Lions' second-team offense.

Ebron "struggled with drops" in OTAs, but finished minicamp with a bang. "He's super athletic and can get in and out of cuts," Matthew Stafford said. "He's raw, he's young, he's got to learn the NFL game like every rookie does. But there's definitely flashes of big-time talent." Ebron won't make much re-draft noise as a 21-year-old rookie, but his long-term ceiling is through the roof.
Jun 19 - 10:43 PM

Lions signed No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron to a four-year contract with a club option for 2015.

Only 21 years old -- he just turned in April -- Ebron is unlikely to offer consistent re-draft fantasy value as a rookie, but has the potential to become a top-five TE1 by year two or three. His skill set is similar to Vernon Davis' as a pass catcher, and Ebron is joining an offense now overseen by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, who learned a thing or two about tight end employment working with Sean Payton. If you were in a Dynasty draft and got Ebron any later than the sixth overall rookie pick, give yourself an early back-pat.
Jun 13 - 1:33 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi plans to utilize No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron in a Jimmy Graham-like role.

Lombardi is a former assistant on Sean Payton's staff with the Saints. "There are some things that we did with Jimmy in New Orleans that we will be able to do with Eric and maybe some things we can do with Eric that we didn’t do with Jimmy," Lombardi said. "They are both unique but (Ebron) is going to have a pretty big role in what we plan on doing." Brandon Pettigrew will be the Lions' in-line tight end. Ebron will be a rocked-up wideout in the "move" role.
May 8 - 11:20 PM

Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Ebron (6-foot-4 3/8, 250) became a starter as a 19-year-old true sophomore for the Heels, going on to catch 112 career passes for 1,805 yards (16.1 YPR) and eight touchdowns. We'd prefer better red-zone production, but Ebron's upside is arguably on Vernon Davis' level with 33 1/4-inch arms, 4.6-flat jets and a 10-foot broad jump. Ebron projects as a seam-stretching, playmaking "move" tight end with future fantasy TE1 potential (though not in 2014). The Lions, who added Golden Tate and re-signed Brandon Pettigrew in March, are officially a two-tight end team, and loading up on weapons for Matthew Stafford after getting caught short the past two seasons.
May 8 - 9:13 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Jeremy Ross
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Jeremy Ross
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Nate Freese