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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 2-of-3 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Browns.
Ebron lined up outside and got open for a 29-yard TD to give Detroit a fourth quarter lead. It was one of the best games of the season for Ebron, who has been an afterthought in the offense. Ebron has fewer than three catches in all but one week. Nov 12 - 5:11 PM

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Eric Ebron caught 3-of-4 targets for 35 yards in the Lions' Week 9 win over the Packers.

Ebron has taken steps in the right direction the past couple weeks, but block-first TE Darren Fells continues to out-snap him. Ebron is nothing more than a low-end TE2 but could have some appeal Week 10 against Cleveland. The Browns and Giants have struggled all year to cover tight ends.
Nov 7 - 12:09 AM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-6 targets for 58 yards in Week 8 against the Steelers.

Even with Kenny Golladay sidelined and Golden Tate not healthy, Ebron wasn't much of a factor. His only highlight was a 44-yard catch, but this is one of his best games in over a month. Ebron is expected to be shopped ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.
Oct 30 - 12:15 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "teams have been calling" about the availability of Eric Ebron ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.

Less effective in the passing game than "blocking" option Darren Fells so far this season and seemingly falling more and more out of favor by the week, it makes sense for the Lions to move Ebron if they get any real interest. Still only 24, Ebron does have theoretical upside which perhaps another organization will think they can unlock. Ebron is under contract through 2018 after the Lions picked up his fifth-year option, but next year's salary is guaranteed for injury only.
Oct 29 - 8:20 AM

Eric Ebron hauled in 1-of-3 targets for 9 yards in the Lions' Week 6 loss to the Saints.

Playing limited snaps, Ebron was never really involved in a game Matthew Stafford threw 52 passes. His one catch came on a pass which was batted way into the air in the second quarter. Heading into the bye, he can be dropped in all redraft formats.
Oct 15 - 6:01 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Eric Ebron admitted to being "in the dumps" mentally this season, but said he's optimistic about turning it around.

Ebron felt energized by a meeting with Matthew Stafford. "We had a talk after the game ... and just basically tried to help him will me around because I feel like I’ve been in the dumps and haven’t been as mentally engaged as I should be," Ebron said. Ebron also said he felt he's been practicing well this season, but that it hasn't translated to games. Ebron is averaging an abysmal 7.75 yards per catch, and has committed a number of key drops. He's well off the TE1 radar right now, but has the talent for a turnaround.
Oct 10 - 5:57 PM

Eric Ebron caught 1-of-4 targets for six yards in the Lions' Week 5 loss to the Panthers.

Ebron got the game started off in typical fashion, letting a touchdown bounce directly off his chest and forcing the Lions to settle for a field goal. Getting out-produced even by blocking TE Darren Fells at this point, Ebron will be a low-floor, high-risk investment when the Lions visit the Superdome in Week 6.
Oct 8 - 4:46 PM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-4 targets for 27 yards in the Lions' Week 4 win over the Vikings.

At the season's quarter pole, Ebron is on pace to catch just 44 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He's been basically invisible outside of the first half against the Giants in Week 2. Dropped passes is still an issue, and Ebron was actually out-targeted by No. 2 TE Darren Fells on Sunday, and Fells managed a 4-40 line on his five looks. Ebron can safely be dropped.
Oct 1 - 6:44 PM

Eric Ebron caught 2-of-7 targets for nine yards in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Ebron was dreadful in this primo spot. He dropped two passes to help stall a pair of drives in the second half and simply did nothing after his strong Week 2. He now has a pair of two-catch, nine-yard games sandwiched around his 5-42-1 effort against the Giants. Ebron's consistency and hands have long been a concern. He won't be a TE1 play next week at the Vikings.
Sep 24 - 4:47 PM

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

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

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
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
3Michael Roberts
LT1Brian Mihalik
2Taylor Decker
LG1Graham Glasgow
C1Travis Swanson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Don Barclay
RT1Rick Wagner
2Emmett Cleary
K1Matt Prater