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Eric Ebron | Tight End | #85

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (23) / 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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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

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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

Eric Ebron (knee) is active for Week 15 against the Giants.

As expected. This is a homecoming game for Ebron, who grew up in the area and has several family and friends in attendance. He's a borderline TE1/2.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:40:00 AM

Eric Ebron (knee, questionable) is expected to play Sunday in Week 15 against the Giants.

Ebron was limited at practice, as he is most weeks. He isn't getting red-zone targets and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1, but Ebron's volume remains strong enough to warrant consideration as a borderline TE1.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 09:11:00 AM

Eric Ebron (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Ebron is fine. He's on the TE1/2 borderline for the fantasy semifinals.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Eric Ebron (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Ebron rarely gets in full practices. He's not in any danger of missing Week 15.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Eric Ebron caught 4-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bears.

One of five players involved in a widely-distributed passing game, Ebron has devolved back into inconsistency after flashing something more around midseason. Ebron does have a plus Week 15 draw against the Giants, who perennially struggle in tight end coverage. Ebron will be a borderline TE1 for that game.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:25:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Eric Ebron (knee) is expected to play Week 14 against the Bears.

Ebron was limited all week by a knee injury, but there was never much concern about his status. After three straight 70-yard games coming back from injury, Ebron has just four catches for 38 yards total in the last two weeks. That inconsistency makes him tough to trust in the first week of the fantasy playoffs, but he does have a good matchup against a Bears defense missing both of their inside linebackers.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:54:00 AM

Eric Ebron (knee) is questionable for Week 14 against the Bears.

He was a limited participant at practice this week and should be ready to roll Sunday against Chicago. Ebron will be a TE1/2 in that matchup.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Eric Ebron (knee) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

He's been dealing with knee issues off and on all season. There's no concern about Ebron's status for Week 14. Consider him a borderline TE1 for Sunday's tilt with Chicago.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:11:00 PM

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3RB1Theo Riddick
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