TE Eric Ebron - Indianapolis Colts

6-4, 265Born: 4-10-1993College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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Ebron (ankle) was placed on injured reserve

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Jacoby Brissett has had a tough time in charge of an injury-plagued Colts passing offense. While he did pass for over 300 yards last week, Brissett made some poor decisions with a couple of interceptions and has not passed for just two touchdowns in his past five games. This receiving group has been decimated from injuries, from the season-ending injuries to both Eric Ebron and Chester Rogers to the continued sidelining of T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell. Neither Hilton nor Campbell are likely to return this week, but do keep an eye on practice reports as having either back (especially Hilton) would lift the tide in this otherwise mediocre passing offense. This leaves Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as the top targets, both of whom were quite productive last week but have proven to be highly inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. Tampa Bay has consistently struggled against the pass this season, giving up the second-most passing yards per game (281.1) and passing touchdowns (27) on the year as they have faced more passing attempts per game (41.8) than any other defense. Whether looking at the entire season or the last five games, this defense has also given up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The past two weeks, however, have been better for the Buccaneers as this defense has forced three interceptions while allowing only one touchdown per game and even limiting the Jaguars to just 240 passing yards last week. A strong pass rush with 33 sacks has helped and will continue to benefit this defense, but not so much this week as the Colts have one of the better offensive lines in football. The cornerbacks for Tampa Bay have very little name recognition, but they have actually played up to par in direct coverage. It has been the safeties for this defense that have set them apart, especially considering they have allowed 10 passing plays of 40 or more yards. Therin lies what could be an issue for the Colts this week, as Jacoby Brissett has not been particularly adept at throwing deep this season while he may lack any viable deep threats if T.Y. Hilton is not back on the field. The Colts have the edge, but not as much as one might think against what has been an exploitable passing defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs MIA 43 5.0 56 0 0 5.6
11 vs JAX 29 4.0 27 0 0 2.7
12 at HOU 29 4.0 44 0 0 4.4

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Eric Ebron's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Ebron was mostly used as a check down option for Brissett. Early in the game Ebron had a potential 20 yard reception skip off his finger tips as he went low to secure the pass. It was a catch he probably should have made. Ebron made a 3 yard catch on 3rd and 5 a few plays later. Ebron made a catch in the flat and picked up 14 yards. A few plays later Ebron got open down the seam and went low to make another 14 yard catch. Ebron picked up 13 yards on a check down to the flat.

2019 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron made some plays underneath despite battling an illness. Ebron made a very impressive 14 yard catch along the sideline as he absorbed a hit. Ebron did a nice job of working to get open as Brissett scrambled and did well getting his feet in bounds on the play. Ebron made a 7 yard catch running a curl over the middle. Ebron picked up 6 yards on a check down from Brissett. Ebron had a 13 yard catch negated by penalty.

2019 Week 10 vs MIA (12 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron had a 9 yard touchdown in his hands but a Dolphins defender stole the ball from him with one hand as he went to the ground and intercepted the pass. It is the second time this season Ebron has had a potential touchdown taken out of his hands. Ebron picked up 8 yards running a quick out route. Ebron picked up 13 yards on shallow crossing route. Ebron beat man coverage across and down the field and made a nice catch for 23 yards. Ebron made a 4 yard catch on 3rd and 3.

2019 Week 9 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron hardly saw any looks from Brian Hoyer. Ebron converted a 3rd and 6 with a 7 yard reception. Ebron fought off his defender long enough to pick up the first down. Ebron picked up 9 yards on a dump off in the flat from Hoyer.

2019 Week 8 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron was not very involved against the Broncos but made some plays underneath. Ebron picked up 9 yards running a curl over the middle. Ebron made a 5 yard catch running a quick out route. Ebron picked up 12 yards running a shallow crossing route.

2019 Week 7 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron played his best game of the season against the Texans. Ebron came wide open running a quick out route and escaped downfield for 17 yards. Ebron made a catch crossing the middle of the field and hurdled a defender on his way to a 16 yard gain. Eric Ebron made a spectacular 1 handed catch in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Ebron not only had the ball stick to his hand like glue but showed amazing awareness and body control to get both feet in bounds. Ebron found a huge hole in the Texans' defense running a deep crossing route for a 33 yard catch and run.

2019 Week 5 vs KC (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron's first target was intercepted as Brissett failed to see a defender underneath Ebron. Ebron had his second target in his hands for a potential 10 yard gain but had it knocked away as he went to the ground. Ebron made his first catch running a curl for 8 yards.

2019 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 48 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron dropped his first 3 targets in the first half and wasn't targeted again until the Colts final play. Ebron had a potential big play hit him in the hands and fall incomplete. Ebron had a defender closing in on him at full speed as he tried to secure the catch. Ebron's second target again hit him in the hands and fell incomplete. Ebron dropped his 3rd target running a slant over the middle. Ebron made his first and only catch on the Colts final offensive play of the game. Ebron crossed the middle of the field and secured a contested catch before racing to the end zone for a 48 yard touchdown.

2019 Week 3 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron ran an in breaking route lined up as a wide receiver and converted a 3rd and 5 with a 9 yard gain. Ebron beat his man running a deep crossing route and caught a bullet from Brissett along the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Ebron drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty on 3rd and 9. Ebron made a catch in the flat and picked up 8 yards. Eric Ebron had one catchable downfield target go through his hands with a defender in tight coverage.

2019 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)

Eric Ebron was more involved against the Titans but still only saw 3 targets. Ebron will continue to be a red zone threat but the lack of efficiency from Brissett makes it hard to trust Ebron for fantasy from week to week. Ebron caught a pass in the flat and made a nice run after the catch to gain 13 yards on 3rd and 12. Ebron motioned across the formation post snap and caught a shovel pass from Brissett for a 3 yard touchdown. Ebron made a 9 yard catch running a curl over the middle.

2019 Week 1 vs LAC (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Eric Ebron dropped what should have been an 11 yard touchdown. Ebron initially caught the pass but bobbled it as he went to the ground in the back of the end zone.

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Latest News

Colts | Eric Ebron to IR (Wed Nov 27, 12:43 AM) - Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankles) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Monday, Nov. 25.

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Colts | Eric Ebron out for season (Mon Nov 25, 08:32 AM) - Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankles) is headed for the Reserve/Injured list because he needs surgery on both of his ankles.

Our View: Ebron had a breakout season in 2018 but he disappointed in 2019, finishing with 31 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Without him, the Colts move forward with Jack Doyle as their lead tight end. Mo Alie-Cox will get more work as a reserve tight end behind Doyle for the rest of the 2019 season.
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Schedule

14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Carolina Panthers
17@ Jacksonville Jaguars