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TE Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

6-4, 265Born: 4-10-1993College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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17 vs GB 51 6 61 0 0 6.1
18 at SEA 43 2 23 0 0 2.3

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2016 Week 18 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Ebron looked a little overwhelmed by the moment and had two drops in the game. He'd been better this year catching the ball but the two drops in this game came at moments when the Lions really needed to extend drives and generate positive plays. He was targeted six times and caught two passes and generated 23 yards. He caught a 13-yard pass on an intermediate crosser and then showed off his route running ability by beating Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on a route in the middle of the field. Ebron is a big-bodied weapon with the athletic ability to separate from coverage and he showed that in this game.

2016 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)

Ebron was targeted in the short and intermediate parts of the field on Sunday and did a very good job of creating separation with his bog body and ability to move at his size. He caught an out route for 13 yards in the first quarter and was targeted in the red zone on a first down play from the nine-yard line. He lined up outside on the left side of the formation and ran a slant and shielded the defender, catching the ball and physically finishing the play at the two-yard line. He looked to be a safety valve type option as the game wore on with Stafford looking down the field, and caught three more out routes. They went for five yards, six yards and 10 yards. His biggest play of the game came on a play where he lined up tight to the right tackle and ran up the seam, physically separating from the safety and taking the pass for 19 yards. He was also effective as a trap blocker coming across the formation which allowed the Lions running game to run into openings.

2016 Week 16 vs DAL (12 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)

Ebron was targeted in the short and intermediate parts of the field on Monday and presented big challenges for the Cowboys defense in coverage. At times, Ebron would sit into an opening around five yards down the field as the Cowboys coverage allowed the Lions to complete these short passing plays. The Lions lined up Ebron closer to the tackle than they normally do, and it gave Ebron a little more room to run in the secondary. Ebron was very effective in the intermediate areas of the field, but his size and short area quickness gave the Cowboys fits all over the field on Monday. Ebron caught a pass about four yards down the field and beat Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee to the corner and took it for a 21-yard gain. He had two catches of 12 yards that both went for first down while lined up tight to the tackle. Stafford looked for Ebron throughout the game and Ebron continued to work the middle of the field. Ebron did a really nice job working to get open for Stafford as pressure forced Stafford from the pocket. He worked inside, and then quickly out to the sideline as Stafford flushed to his left and hit Ebron near the sideline. Ebron took the pass for a 16-yard gain and finished the play very physically, punishing the defender and putting him on his back. Ebron did drop a pass early in the game on a slant route and the Cowboys broke up a few passes that might have been caught, but the balls weren't perfectly placed and the defenders did a nice job of getting physical with Ebron to jar the balls free. Ebron was a bright spot for the Lions in this game.

2016 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Ebron was targeted in the short and intermediate parts of the field on Sunday. He was a hand full for the Giants defense and it was obvious they had a hard time covering him with linebackers or their safeties. He was the second most targeted Lions player with seven, and he turned those seven targets into four catches that went for 36 yards. Stafford hit Ebron on a crossing route in the middle of the field that went for 21 yards. This was a nice play design as he and Tate were crossing in the deep part of the field and that allowed Ebron to run underneath the coverage that Tate was pulling from him. Ebron showed good route running savvy as he worked back to his quarterback on a third down and caught a five-yard pass at the boundary for a first down. Ebron ran into open areas of the zone in this game and was wide open at times. He caught a pass that went for nine yards on this type of play and Stafford misfired on another where Ebron could have made a big play. Stafford targeted Ebron on a third down and hit Ebron on a quick out route but Giants safety Landon Collins made phenomenal play to read and react to what was happening in front of him and he tackled Ebron short of the line to gain. Ebron did drop a pass that he should have had as Stafford hit him in both hands with a fast ball but it slipped through his hands and fell to the ground.

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Ebron was targeted in the short and intermediate parts of the field on Sunday. He was efficient, converting four of his five targets into catches (the non-catch came on a drop) but the Bears did a solid job of tackling him to prevent big plays. He caught an out route for one-yard but was tackled as he started up the field. Ebron also had a 14-yard catch on a crossing route and he caught another pass on a crossing route for eight yards. Ebron dropped a pass on a crossing route that would have went for 10-15 yards and caught a quick slant on a third down for nine yards. Three of Ebron's four catches went for first down on Sunday and the dropped pass would certainly have been one as well.

2016 Week 13 vs NO (6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Ebron was used in the intermediate part of the field on Sunday and did a nice job when he was matched up on a linebacker. He was targeted six times and caught four balls for 38 yards, but three were chunk plays the Lions needed. He had two catches that went for 12 yards and another that went for 11 yards. He also caught a three-yard pass on an out route and was targeted in the middle of the field on a deeper throw but good coverage by linebacker Craig Robertson forced a hesitant throw that fell incomplete. Ebron looked a little banged up in this game as it wore on but was effective in helping the offense.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ebron wasn't involved in the passing game at all on Thursday as he was targeted only one time and that came on an overthrow where Stafford was pressured and was really throwing the ball away.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Ebron wasn't all that involved in the Lions passing attack on Sunday but he did account for two of their bigger plays in the game. He was targeted five times but realistically one of them was a throwaway as Stafford had nowhere to go and threw the ball out of bounds. Ebron caught a short crossing route for two yards early in the game and then Stafford missed him up the seam later in the game. Ebron was able to get his left hand up and onto the ball but it fell incomplete and negated what would have been one of their bigger plays of the game. Ebron and Stafford hooked up on a huge play early in the fourth quarter. Trailing 16-13, Stafford hit Ebron down the left sideline as Ebron was wide open from broken coverage and Ebron took it for 61 yards. It set up the Lions deep into the red zone and a few plays later Ebron took an end around for a one-yard rushing touchdown. Ebron caught three passes and totaled 70 yards.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (8 / 7 / 92 / 0 rec)

Ebron showed why he can by such a tremendous weapon in the Lions offense and was the Lions only offensive weapon to be able to consistently hurt the Vikings defense down the field. Ebron is a tremendous mismatch in the middle of the field and the Vikings had a hard time covering him with a linebacker or a safety. Ebron had catches of 12 yards, 14 yards, 15 yards, another for 12 yards and then a 23 yarder in the game. A lot of these came on slants and crossing routes where he could exploit the coverage the Vikings threw at him. Ebron did have a drop on a crosser in the middle of the field where he looked to mistime his jump with the ball hitting the tips of his fingers. Overall, Ebron was targeted eight times and converted seven into catches and totaled 92 yards. Ebron is coming on and has had a great two weeks since returning from a three-week absence with knee and ankle injuries.

2016 Week 8 vs HOU (10 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec)

Ebron returned from knee and ankle injuries and immediately showed what the Lions were missing with his absence in their passing attack. Ebron is a tremendous mismatch in the middle of the field and the Texans had no answer for his size and speed combined with his physicality. Ebron was the most targeted wide receiver/tight end in Week 8, and he was the only Lions weapon to be able to hurt the Texans down the field. Ebron had catches of 14 yards and then ran an out and up running down the numbers, burning the defender on the way to a 34-yard catch. Stafford targeted Ebron three times at the end of the first half, and Ebron helped the Lions get points on the board before the half. Ebron was effective in the short, intermediate and deeper parts of the field on Sunday and was a big part of the passing attack. Ebron also helped the Lions to move the chains on a third down and needing 11 yards, taking a pass in the middle of the field for 11 yards to help keep a drive moving.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Ebron had an up and down day against the Bears. He is a mismatch as a receiver because of his athleticism, but he made multiple mental errors that hurt the offense in this game. He had a drop on the Lions first drive, and he was called for a false start early in the game as well. He was flagged for a holding call in the second half that negated a nice run. Also, he was late on an assignment to come across the formation to kick a defender out, and he quit on the play after missing the block. Riddick made that defender miss but Ebron had his back turned and Riddick eventually was tackled for a five-yard loss. As a receiving option, Ebron was dangerous as his combination of size and speed gave the Bears fits. He looks much more comfortable catching the ball and is a reliable weapon running up the seam or over the middle of the field. Ebron's longest catch went for 13 yards and he was targeted five times total in the game.

2016 Week 3 vs GB (8 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)

Ebron showed great ability to work in the middle of the field in this game. The Lions lined him up in the slot and he's too big and athletic for the coverage he is seeing here. He was heavily involved early, and he did a very good job catching the ball. Ebron sat into an open area of zone coverage between the cornerback and safety and took that pass for 15 yards. Ebron made a žbusinessÓ decision on a slant going across the middle as Stafford led him into an oncoming safety, and the ball fell to the ground as Ebron was drilled on the play. One of the more curious plays in the game came on an Ebron catch where he was targeted up the seam. He caught the ball and was sandwiched between two defenders, and as he was falling to the ground the ball was ripped out by Packers cornerback Damarious Randall and returned deep into Lions territory. This was a game-changer play and a phenomenal play by Randall, and there isn't much Ebron could do in this scenario. Ebron showed his athleticism and route running chops in the second half as he ran an out and up, beating coverage and securing the ball for a 19-yard gain. He hit the Packers up the seam for 21 yards a bit later and the Lions continued to exploit an area of weakness for the Packers with multiple secondary members out due to injury. Ebron's last target of the day was up the seam again, but the ball was underthrown and the safety knocked the ball to the ground. Ebron had five catches for 69 yards, but he was better than those numbers show as he was effective the entire day gashing the Packers in the middle of the field.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Ebron showed phenomenal athleticism early in the game when he took a short throw for six yards, but he hurdled over Titans cornerback Jason McCourty, pulling the crowd out of their seats. It was an up and down day for Ebron as he was called for two penalties, both costing the Lions touchdowns. Ebron was called for holding as Abdullah scampered 20 yards for a score. He got his hands outside the numbers and tugged the jersey as Abdullah ran by him. He was also flagged for offensive pass interference on a first-and-goal play from the one-yard line. This was an incredibly weak call as Ebron allowed the defender to clear him as he got open for the score. Ebron also caught three oases that ended in first downs for the Lions, mainly on the shorter variety, but he made a spectacular catch late in the game to help the Lions continue to move the ball. It was third down and the Lions needed 19 yards with the ball lined up at their own 16-yard line. Ebron ran a deep crossing route and Stafford threw a bit behind him, but Ebron threw up his left hand and caught the ball without slowing to gain 29 yards on the play. It was a very clutch play when the Lions needed it most, and Ebron was up to the challenge. Ebron was targeted seven times, converting four into catches for 53 yards.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)

Ebron did a very nice job in the first half catching all three passes thrown his way. Ebron made a really nice catch, extending out and diving to secure the ball for 13 yards. This play came on third down from the Colts 26-yard line with the Lions needing 10 yards for a first down. This catch allowed for the Lions to finish that drive in the end zone. He caught another pass via play-action but was tackled for a five-yard gain and finished the half with his third catch, a six yard touchdown reception. Ebron ran a great route, showed outstanding separation at the stem of his route and dragged across the goal line. He dove and caught the pass, all the while expecting to get drilled right when he caught the ball. He held on to the ball for a critical score. Ebron caught both of his targets on the second half, and nine-yard catch and a 13-yard catch. Ebron was targeted five times and he had five catches.


Latest News

Lions | No decision made on Eric Ebron's option (Fri Apr 21, 12:09 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.

Our View: There's been some buzz about the Lions moving on from Ebron and taking a tight end with a premium pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Ebron has improved his game, but with only seven TDs in three years the team may be looking for more. If they picked up his option, Ebron would make $8 million in 2018. It's likely better to extend him at a lower price if at all possible.
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