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TE Eric Ebron - Free Agent

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

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2017 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had an inefficient day against the Packers. His lone catch was a dump off route where he hurdled a defender for a first down. He was also targeted multiple times in the end zone but unable to create separation on the routes. Ebron had the chance for a big play on a corner route where he was wide open, but Stafford threw the ball too far inside as if he expected Ebron to run a vertical route. Ebron finished the season playing with more passion and confidence than he did earlier in the season when he largely looked lost.

2017 Week 16 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron continued his recent stretch of strong play. Ebron made catches in tight areas and ran well after the catch. He was moved around the formation, including split to the perimeter of the formation. Ebron was targeted in man coverage while split out wide, and won on a go route against a linebacker for his touchdown. Ebron has been playing significantly better over the past month after struggling mightily early in the season.

2017 Week 15 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron continued his recent streak of solid play, scoring a touchdown on a red zone seam route. Stafford threw the ball where only Ebron could catch the ball, and Ebron successfully executed the catch. Ebron was also used on a shovel pass in the red zone. The remainder of his usage was underneath in the passing game where he was largely held in check, outside of a 19 yard catch and run. Ebron looks markedly better than he did in October and early November where he played with little confidence.

2017 Week 14 vs TB (11 / 10 / 94 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had his best game of the season with a career-high 10 receptions. Ebron was featured early in the game, with short catches where he ran strong after the catch. Ebron did have a fumble on a reception that was recovered by Tampa Bay. However, Ebron bounced back and performed confidently and effectively the rest of the game. Ebron's catches were in the short and intermediate area, where Stafford spent most of his game throwing.

2017 Week 13 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was used early in the game on a check down for a first down. His usage was predominantly in short and check down usage, including a solid sliding catch. Ebron is relegated to an ancillary role in the offense, but he is playing better and with more confidence than he was for large stretches earlier in the season.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was involved early in the game, catching the a dump off in the flat. He added gains of 13 and 14 yards on out routes later in the game, and had a nice catch on an in route in tight coverage to convert a third down. After struggling and appearing to lack emotional investment in the game, Ebron showed enthusiasm against Minnesota that he had lacked for weeks earlier in the season.

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had his biggest impact against the Bears in the two-minute drill in both halves, when he and Matthew Stafford were able to connect on long passes. The first came on an impressive sideline grab as he absorbed a hit, while the second was a tad fortuitous as the defender in coverage lost his feet and fell down at the crucial moment. Ebron operated mostly as an outlet receiver, as Stafford picked apart the Bears' man to man defense with his quicker, shiftier targets.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron scored his first touchdown since week two, on a stop and go double move while split to the perimeter of the field. Ebron created separation on the move, and caught a well thrown pass from Matthew Stafford. Ebron's only other reception was an early check down pass. Ebron is an ancillary piece to the offense, particularly with the return of WR Kenny Golladay, but again outproduced back up Darren Fells in the game.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was used as an ancillary piece in the offense, but more frequently than in recent weeks. He caught three balls, including a well run out route against linebacker coverage where he made good extension on the play to catch on the run. Ebron is a limited piece to the offense that has leaned heavily on Ameer Abdullah, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in recent weeks. Ebron did out targeted Darren Fells 4 to 1.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had two big catches on the final Detroit drive of the game, including a 44-yard catch and run on a blown coverage on an out route. Ebron did drop a pass in the flat earlier in the game. He was also targeted along the back line of the end zone on a ball that was too high for him to catch. He remained an ancillary option in the passing game, and Darren Fells has clearly been Stafford's preferred target in the red zone in recent weeks.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was only targeted three times on the day. His lone catch was on a deflected pass that he showed concentration to adjust to the altered ball flight. Like recent weeks, he gave up snaps to Darren Fells on key passing situations.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron continued his struggles in the game. He dropped a target in the end zone and also dropped a pass in the middle of the field that was negated by a defensive offsides. Ebron caught one of his four targets for only six yards. Matthew Stafford continues to look like he has lost faith in Ebron. On one of Stafford's scramble plays, Ebron worked the middle of the field on a crossing route, and Stafford looked away to scramble instead of targeting Ebron on the route.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was limited to 27 yards on two receptions on his four targets. Ebron had a nice run after the catch making the first defender miss for 15 yards. Ebron was out produced by backup Darren Fells, who had 40 yards on four catches.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (7 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was ineffective on seven targets. He totaled nine yards on two receptions, and had three catchable balls that he did not catch, including a ball on his hands that he dropped on an out route that could have been a run after the catch opportunity. He also ran a double move on the right side of the field, that he struggled to cut on and then did not track the ball towards his outside shoulder. Stafford looked disappointed after multiple incomplete targets to Ebron.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (5 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron was involved early in the passing game, first on a crossing route for a 17-yard catch and run on a play action pass. Ebron caught his first touchdown of the season on a crossing route where Matthew Stafford set up the throw by avoiding pressure in the pocket, then throwing a ball with nice touch to Ebron in the end zone. Ebron caught all five of his targets for 42 yards, and finished the game tied with Marvin Jones for the team lead in targets.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was limited in the game to three targets. He was moved around the formation, including on the outside where he ran a dig route for a third down conversion. However, his role was limited with the passing game running through Tate and the red zone targets going towards Golladay.


Latest News

Patriots | NE may talk with Eric Ebron (Thu Mar 15, 07:59 PM) - Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) may have a meeting with the New England Patriots, according to a source.

Our View: The Patriots love picking up former first round picks that have been spurned by the team that drafted them. He could an excellent addition to two tight end sets, a spot the Patriots have been trying to solve since Aaron Hernandez's career imploded.
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Colts | Indy to meet with Eric Ebron (Thu Mar 15, 07:58 PM) - Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) is scheduled to meet with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, March 18, according to a source.

Our View: Ebron could be a good receiving option in two tight end sets with Jack Doyle and basically function as an oversized slot receiver. He could end up gaining fantasy value away from the Lions if the Colts or Ravens sign him.
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Panthers | Eric Ebron to meet with Carolina on Friday (Thu Mar 15, 05:56 PM) - Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers on Friday, March 16.

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Ravens | Eric Ebron a possible option for Ravens (Thu Mar 15, 04:01 PM) - Free-agent TE Eric Ebron (Lions) is receiving some interest from the Baltimore Ravens.

Our View: The Ravens need better pass-catching weapons. Ebron could be that for them (or any team) but he's never played up to his potential as a pro. The Ravens don't have much at the position right now and should be considered strong candidates to add a tight end (or two) at some point this offseason.
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Lions | Eric Ebron released (Wed Mar 14, 03:18 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron was released Wednesday, March 14.

Our View: Ebron will forever be remembered by Lions fans as the player they selected instead of Odell Beckham Jr....or Aaron Donald. He's a big-bodied pass-catcher who can rip the seam, but Ebron has never played up to his potential...not even close. He'll have a bit of interest if he wants to sign a 'prove it' deal.
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