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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jul 23 - 9:11 AM

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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

Eric Ebron said he was "really banged up" last season.

"I was pretty beat up, man, from the things you might know of, to the things you don't," Ebron said. "I was pretty destroyed." The tight end missed three games with knee and ankle injuries, but it sounds like he was dealing with more than what was on the injury report. Following an offseason of rest, Ebron says he feels "great." The former No. 10 overall pick has improved each season, but he has yet to play more than 14 games. If he can stay healthy, Ebron could be in for a breakout campaign.
May 4 - 10:55 AM

Lions exercised TE Eric Ebron's fifth-year team option for 2018.

This was not a no-brainer for Detroit. Ebron has gotten consistently better each year, but he has yet to play more than 14 games and has scored just seven touchdowns total in three seasons. With the option guaranteed for injury only, the Lions can still get out of the deal next spring if Ebron fails to take another step forward this season. Detroit added Toledo TE Michael Roberts in the fourth round, but he is more of a blocking complement than a replacement for Ebron.
May 2 - 8:03 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the team has yet to make a decision on Eric Ebron's fifth-year team option for 2018.

"It’s a possibility," Quinn said. "We’re still in the process of evaluating Eric’s situation. We have until May 2, so we’ll use our time." Quinn said what the Lions do in the draft could alter their plans for Ebron's future. There have been stories from beat writers about the potential for Detroit to start overhauling its tight end room this year, though Quinn has also openly said he's willing to talk extension with Ebron. Ebron has incrementally gotten better each year he's been in the NFL.
Apr 21 - 9:35 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said he's "open to talking about an extension" with Eric Ebron.

Ebron is under control the next two seasons if the Lions pick up his fifth-year option, but they could extend him to avoid paying an $8 million 2018 salary. The Lions want more consistency from Ebron after he continued to struggle with injuries and disappeared for stretches when healthy. With Cole Wick the only other tight end on their roster, Detroit should add competition for Ebron.
Mar 4 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein wrote the Lions "might end up overhauling" the tight end position this offseason.

Eric Ebron has improved each of his three years in the league, but Detroit will have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, and they could use more help at the position either way. The Lions can make their "big splash" by targeting a top-of-the-market option like Martellus Bennett in free agency or using a first-round pick on an elite prospect like Alabama's O.J. Howard or Miami's David Njoku. Either way, it will not be surprising if Ebron faces competition for targets come September.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Eric Ebron said his goal for 2017 is to stay healthy and reach 1,000 receiving yards.

Ebron hasn't played all 16 games in a season since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014. He missed three games this year with knee and ankle injuries and played hurt much of the first half of the season. Ebron still managed to set career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711) while cutting down on his drops. Only two tight ends managed 1,000 yards in 2016. Ebron can become a fantasy asset in 2017 if he stays healthy and gets more involved in the red zone.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Eric Ebron hauled in 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

At least two of the missed connections were drops, and he did not record a catch in the second half. It is a fitting end for Ebron, who once again flashed big-time upside as a pass catcher but also missed three games due to injury and disappeared for big stretches when healthy. Ebron did post new career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711), but he found the end zone just twice, and one of those was on the ground. The Lions will have to decide by May 3 whether to pick up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018, which will cost somewhere north of $8 million due to his top-10 status. Detroit will likely activate the option, but it is not a slam dunk.
Jan 8 - 12:43 AM

Eric Ebron caught six passes for 61 yards in Week 17 against the Packers.

It’s another solid game after Ebron had career highs against Dallas last week. Most of Ebron's yards came in garbage time. He was tackled on the two-yard line on one of his catches. Ebron finishes with 61 catches and 711 yards, but surprisingly wasn’t a factor in the red-zone with just one touchdown. Even in a tough matchup with Seattle, Ebron is one of the top tight end plays for the first round of the playoffs.
Jan 2 - 12:34 AM

Eric Ebron caught 8-of-12 targets for 93 yards in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

The dozen targets are a new season-high for Ebron and led the team Monday night. The Cowboys have struggled with tight ends, and Ebron did a bunch of work in the middle of the field. Unfortunately, he still isn't seeing looks in the scoring area, which caps Ebron's upside. The Lions scored all three of their touchdowns on the ground. Ebron will be a TE2 next week against Green Bay. He caught five passes for 69 yards when these teams met in Week 3.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:15:00 AM

Eric Ebron caught 4-of-7 targets for 36 yards in the Lions' Week 15 loss to the Giants.

His seven looks were second on the team behind Golden Tate's 13. Ebron had a long gain of 21 yards streaking over the middle, and then he made a diving catch on 3rd-and-4 on the sideline later. But Ebron dropped a ball on 3rd-and-9 three plays after that. He probably hoped to do more in front of friends and family in a homecoming game, but this is what we've come to expect from the tight end. He's simply not featured enough in the red zone. A plus spot with the Cowboys in next.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:52:00 PM

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