TE Eric Ebron - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-4, 265||Born: 4-10-1993||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10 (2014)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2018 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron picked up 12 yards on a check down from Luck running a crossing route. Eric Ebron came wide open downfield on what appeared to be a blown coverage. Luck found Ebron for an easy 26 yard touchdown. Ebron beat man coverage over the middle for a gain of 12.
2018 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron's defender fell down as Ebron ran a crossing route and Ebron gained 13 yards on the play. Ebron ran a corner route lined up from the slot and caught a nice back shoulder throw from Luck for a 7 yard touchdown. Ebron picked up 7 yards running a shallow crossing route. A poor throw downfield from Luck caused an incompletion on what would have been a 20 yard gain for Ebron. Ebron has run fewer routes and played fewer snaps but has been much more efficient and effective than Jack Doyle from a fantasy perspective.
2018 Week 3 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron picked up 4 yards running a curl on his first reception of the game. Eric Ebron picked up 6 yards on a check down in the flat from Luck. Ebron was again targeted in the end zone on the same route he scored on against the Bengals but the pass was broken up by Jalen Mills. Ebron racked up 3 catches for 23 yards in what was essentially garbage time.
2018 Week 4 vs HOU (10 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron picked up 9 yards running a slant on his first target. Ebron's first two targets downfield fell incomplete. The first because of an off target throw and Ebron drew a defensive holding penalty on the second. Ebron dropped a 10 yard catch over the middle. Eric Ebron drew an illegal contact penalty on another downfield target. Ebron made a contested 12 yard catch over the middle. Ebron caught a 5 yard touchdown thanks to a blown coverage. Ebron dropped what would have been a 12 yard completion over the middle. Ebron made a nice sideline catch for a 9 yard gain. Ebron left the field with an unspecified injury following the catch.
2018 Week 5 vs NE (15 / 9 / 105 / 2 rec)
Eric Ebron played by far his best game of the season and had more than 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career. Ebron was a match up problem for the Patriots' safeties and looked smooth and fast running downfield. Ebron dropped his first target in the flat. Ebron ran a curl route over the middle and picked up 8 yards on 3rd and 5. Ebron came wide open off of play action and made a nice adjustment to catch an underthrown pass from Luck for a gain of 17. Ebron had a 16 yard gain negated by a holding penalty. Ebron made a catch in the flat for 7 yards. Ebron beat Devin McCourty running a corner route from the slot for a 14 yard touchdown. Ebron beat Patrick Chung deep over the middle for a 28 yard catch and run on 3rd and 10. Ebron again beat McCourty on a corner route this time picking up 18 yards. Ebron made a 7 yard catch underneath. Ebron came wide open off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Eric Ebron was Andrew Luck's most reliable pass catcher. Ebron is being used more and more as a downfield weapon instead of as a check down option or underneath receiver. Ebron is taking advantage of these opportunities and making plays. Ebron made his first catch running an out breaking route from the slot for 15 yards. Ebron was targeted at the 3 yard line on a screen pass was stopped for no gain. Ebron boxed out his defender and made a contested catch running a corner route for a 19 yard gain. Ebron found space in front of the Jets' deep safety running down the seam for an 18 yard touchdown. Ebron again used his body to shield the defender while making the catch. Ebron made a 19 yard catch right in the middle of the zone defense.
2018 Week 7 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron saw limited usage because of the Colts jumping out to a big lead in the first half. Ebron made his first catch over the middle for a 5 yard gain on 3rd and 6. Ebron ran a curl route over the middle for a 14 yard gain. Ebron made a nice physical play to pick up 12 yards on an underneath catch.
2018 Week 8 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron returned to playing a complimentary role with Jack Doyle back in the line up. Ebron made his first catch crossing the formation off of play action for a 12 yard gain. Eric Ebron ran a corner route and used his frame to box out his defender and secure a 20 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 69 / 2 rec, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
Eric Ebron scored 3 first half touchdowns including a great 53 yard catch and run. Ebron came wide open up the seam on what appeared to be a blown coverage and made a spectacular move along the sideline to stay in bounds and get the ball inside the pylon for a 53 yard touchdown. Ebron made his second catch for a gain of 4 running a shallow crossing route. Ebron took a jet sweep hand off from Luck into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown. Ebron on what again appeared to be a blown coverage running a corner route. This time Ebron made an easy catch for a 12 yard touchdown. Ebron did not record a catch in the second half.
2018 Week 11 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron was a non factor against the Titans outside of a failed trick play. Ebron targeted Andrew Luck in the end zone but his pass was slightly overthrown.
2018 Week 12 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 45 / 2 rec)
Eric Ebron continues to be a hyper efficient touchdown scoring machine. Ebron used his size and strength running a corner route to secure a 14 yard touchdown. The pass was slightly late from Luck but Ebron made a strong play. Ebron appeared to be interfered with running a slant over the middle but the pass fell incomplete. Ebron picked up 5 yards on a quick screen from Luck. Ebron picked up 13 yards running a slant over the middle. Ebron ran up the seam and made a nice catch on his back hip to secure a 12 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 13 vs JAX (16 / 10 / 81 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Eric Ebron did most of his damage as an underneath receiver and saw a lot of attention from Jaguars defenders. Ebron saw his second target fall incomplete with Taushan Gipson playing physical coverage. Ebron made his first catch running a curl over the middle for 10 yards. A few plays later Ebron picked up 6 more again running a curl. Eric Ebron took a jet sweep hand off on 4th and 1 and was dropped for a 1 yard loss and fumbled on the play. Ebron made a catch in the flat and made a nice move after catch for 8 yards. Ebron made two underneath catches on consecutive plays for 11 yards. Ebron picked up 9 yards on a check down. Ebron was stopped after a 6 yard gain on 3rd and 7 running a crossing route. Ebron made a 20 yard catch running a out route.
2018 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron had an up and down game against the Texans. Ebron's first 3 targets fell incomplete. Including a drop that would have been a sure conversion on 3rd and 4. Ebron came wide open running up field on what appeared to be a blown coverage for 23 yards. Ebron made a nice adjustment to secure the catch running an out route and rolled into the end zone for a 14 yard touchdown. Ebron gained 13 running a comeback and getting yards after the catch. Ebron dropped a pass in the flat. Ebron picked up 15 yard running another comeback on 3rd and 10.
2018 Week 15 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron did not play well against the Cowboys. Ebron dropped a pass over the middle that hit him right in the hands and would have gone for at least a 15 yard gain. Ebron had a 38 yard catch and run negated by a holding penalty. Ebron had a pass 17 yards downfield get knocked out of his hands by Xavier Woods who made an outstanding play. Ebron made an 8 yard catch over the middle for 8 yards on 3rd and short.
2018 Week 16 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron left the game in the first half and was placed in concussion protocol. Ebron found limited success while he was on the field. Ebron ran a comeback route lined up in tight for a gain of 14. Ebron did well to shield his defender with his body. Ebron had two early miscues on deep passes with Luck. The first was overthrown and fell incomplete. On the second Ebron stopped his route when Luck expected him to keep running downfield resulting in an interception. Ebron picked up 11 more running another comeback. Ebron was placed in concussion protocol and did not return.
2018 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron continues to play like one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Ebron picked up 13 yards running a corner route lined up in tight. Ebron gained 16 yards finding a void in the Titans defense on 3rd and 10. Eric Ebron got inside position on his defender running up the seam and went low to secure a 9 yard touchdown from Luck. Ebron came wide open down the sideline running an out route for 22 yards.
2018 Week 18 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron was not overly involved in the offense but he could have still had a big game. Ebron dropped a potential touchdown and narrowly missed on a deep sideline catch. Ebron ran a quick out route and got open thanks to a rub route for an easy 6 yard touchdown. Ebron made a 5 yard catch running a crossing route on 3rd and 4. Ebron made a 15 yard catch running an in breaking route from the slot. Ebron dropped what should have been an 18 yard touchdown. Ebron was hit on the play but should have caught the pass and was frustrated with himself. Ebron just missed on a big play when he could not get his second foot in bounds on a deep sideline throw from Luck.
2018 Week 19 vs KC (9 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron did not play well against the Chiefs. Ebron dropped what would have been a 3rd down conversion on the Colts opening possession. Ebron made a 5 yard catch running a curl on 3rd and 6. Ebron made a 21 yard catch running a post from the slot to give the Colts their first first down of the game. Ebron made an underneath catch but made a nice effort to get out of bounds to save clock. Ebron made a 17 yard catch running a corner route from the slot.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 ́businessî 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs SD (5 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)
Showing some very positive improvement since his rookie season, expectations for tight end Eric Ebron are high and he is showing return on the investment. Active on several critical plays, Ebron only missed one ball sent his direction. Working both down the seam, Ebron scored effortlessly on an 18 yard post route, splitting the field and scoring without friction. Later when a low pass was sent his direction, Ebron flashed his athletic ability and made the catch for a 13 yard gain. Ebron seems to be building a positive rapport with Stafford that will only benefit Detroit going forward.
2015 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)
Eric Ebron's role continues to trend upward as he was a favorite target of Matthew Stafford's against Minnesota and targeted eight times for the day. In the closing minutes, Ebron was also the player Stafford looked to in the red zone, and Ebron did not disappoint. With a short catch on a quick out, Ebron cut back inside and dove for the score. Ebron continues to develop and build confidence with his quarterback, and is a beneficial cog for the Detroit offense that has been missing in recent years.
2015 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
The fourth receiving option on most plays, Eric Ebron wasn't used significantly against the Broncos. Early action only produced short gains. However, in fourth quarter action with the game on the line, it was Ebron who posted the second and third longest receptions of the game for Detroit. One of which was a beautiful post route for 29 yards. He then followed it up with a 22 yard reception in the middle of the field.
2015 Week 4 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Detroit utilized the tight end position little during the game, but similar to previous weeks, Stafford looked to the tight end on critical plays, especially in the hurry-up offense. Ebron suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury in the second quarter, so was not active for the remainder of the game. Prior to the injury, Ebron caught a post route up the middle for 18 yards in the first quarter and also grabbed a short 3 yard pass in the second.
2015 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 89 / 1 rec)
After a rough rookie season, tight end Eric Ebron has been ratcheting up his production this season and Sunday was another solid effort by him. Ebron kicked things off by getting wide open for a 55-yard catch and run in the first quarter. On the play, Ebron lined up right on the right side of the line and then ran a very shallow crossing route which nobody on the Vikings seemed to pick up on. After clearing the mess at the line, Ebron turned his route upfield along the left sideline and was wide open when quarterback Matt Stafford delivered the ball. Ebron's next reception was for a touchdown just a few minutes later. On the play, Stafford was flushed from the pocket and rolled out to his right. Ebron was running a simple hitch into the end zone and was double covered, but one of the defenders moved off when Stafford was flushed. The second defender was behind Ebron and in no position to stop him from stepping up and making the catch. As Stafford was under pressure a ton on Sunday, Ebron wasn't used as much as you might have expected given his early success and wasn't targeted throughout most of the second half, reappearing in the late fourth quarter for a pair of catches. Overall though, he continues to show a tremendous improvement over last season's work.
2015 Week 8 vs KC (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron was used on one early first quarter pass for 6 yards but did not see action again until the fourth quarter. With Detroit down significantly, Ebron made a nice catch and run for 14 yards running across the field and grabbed another short 5 yard catch with the game closing.
2015 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
As the primary receiving tight end, Eric Ebron caught passes of 5, 8, and 3 yards in the second quarter. In all, Ebron was targeted eight times on the day, but had difficulty with drops. He made up some ground with a mid-route adjustment on pass that was behind him on a crossing route. While consistency was a concern, Ebron was targeted regularly and helped move the chains for Detroit.
2015 Week 11 vs OAK (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Targeted twice on Sunday, Eric Ebron dropped the first pass intended for him - a perfectly thrown 11 yard pass for what should have been a touchdown. The ball fell into both of his hands, but he clapped it away, giving him the tie for highest current drop percentage for a tight end. The second pass thrown in his direction was too far in front of him and uncatchable.
2015 Week 12 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron began redeeming himself in this game, as he caught every catchable ball thrown his direction. On back-to-back plays, Ebron caught the ball on crossing routes for gains of 19 and 9 yards. His third target on the day was an underthrown ball that fell well short of the tight end.
2015 Week 13 vs GB (2 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Tight end Eric Ebron continued to shed the dropsies bug, catching both targets sent his direction and capping off a second straight week of positive play. Early in the first quarter, Stafford found Ebron wide open in the end zone for an easy 3 yard score. Ebron wasn't targeted again until the fourth quarter when he managed a 6 yard gain on a crossing route.
2015 Week 14 vs LA (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron caught three of five passes in his direction, and fortunately did not have any big drops on the day.
2015 Week 15 vs NO (5 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
With Brandon Pettigrew lost for the season, Eric Ebron was Detroit's primary option at tight end. Ebron flashed on several plays, giving Detroit hope that their first round pick will pay off. In the first quarter, Stafford hit the tight end on a 4 yard out route. Ebron cut and turned up field, running along the sideline for another 42 yards after the catch. Ebron gained modest yardage on two shorter routes in the second half before a big play later in the game. On a slightly high pass by Stafford to avoid a defender, Ebron went up and snatched the ball out of the air and fell just short of the end zone on the 1 yard line.
2015 Week 16 vs SF (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Eric Ebron delivered in another performance, and is solidifying his role on this offense. Targeted mostly along the line of scrimmage, he delivered a significant amount of yards after the catch. On a well run out route on the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, Ebron cut up field along the sideline and dancing around defenders and blockers along the way for a 20 yard catch and run.
2015 Week 17 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 25 / 1 rec)
Seeing the second most targets for Detroit receivers come his direction, Eric Ebron played a role in keeping the offense alive. Stafford found him often as a safety valve when the pocket collapsed and Stafford scrambled to find an open receiver. Late in the game, Ebron executed on a crossing route deep in the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown.
2014 Week 1 vs NYG (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ebron was on the field early and often against the Giants. While his routes in the preseason where generally as an outlet receiver, Ebron worked the deep seam regularly. In addition to a traditional tight end alignment, Ebron was also a split out receiver, in motion, and in the backfield throughout the game. Ebron's best opportunity came when he shook free from defensive back coverage in the end zone, but Stafford's throw was off-target - an easy touchdown missed there. Joseph Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew were on the field often as well with the consistent personnel changes, leading to on-and-off usage for the 2014 first round pick.
2014 Week 2 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
After a tepid Week 1 debut, Ebron saw five of the seven targets distributed to Detroit tight ends against Carolina. A deep target down the seam was knocked away with the rest of Ebron's work coming in the short and intermediate game. Ebron hauled in a juggled out route early in the third quarter and dropped a quick hitch route in garbage time.
2014 Week 3 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a lost game for Ebron this week in the Lions' comfortable win over the Packers. Ebron did not see a target and saw a lower snap count than in prior games this season.
2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Ebron saw a career-high in snaps this week as Joseph Fauria missed the game against the Jets. Brandon Pettigrew was not a threat to Ebron's passing game work and the rookie saw four targets, third-most on the team, catching three of them. The lone missed connection between Ebron and Matthew Stafford came with Ebron as a split-out receiver against a defensive back. Ebron worked deep down the sideline, but Stafford's pass was off-target against tight coverage. Ebron carried a defensive back for five yards after the catch following a quick hitch late in the first half. On his highlight play, Stafford threw a strike to Ebron, who was well-covered on a red zone seam route, as Detroit raced out to a 17-3 lead with that touchdown.
2014 Week 5 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Ebron caught both of his on-target opportunities against Buffalo. Outside of out routes and a possession-type role, Ebron's highest leverage opportunity came on a red zone slant. Ebron was lined up as an outside receiver against Buffalo's top cornerback, Leodis McKelvin. Ebron gained early separation against McKelvin on the slant route, but McKelvin closed on the ball as it arrived at the goal line. Ebron made the catch, which was called a touchdown on the field. Upon review, it was reversed. The Bills have been stingy against tight ends on a per-target basis over the first five games of the season. Ebron's upcoming schedule (Vikings, Saints, Falcons) are all tough matchups as well.
2014 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ebron continues to be the primary tight end in the passing offense for Detroit. That said, it was another non-descript game for the rookie. In addition to drawing an offensive pass interference penalty on a Theo Riddick target on a key third down, Matthew Stafford airmailed a wide open Ebron on a third down out route earlier in the game. Ebron's lone highlight came on a short reception after which he turned up the field and powered through defenders for a first down. Rookie tight ends rarely produce significant numbers in year one and Eric Ebron is following that pattern this season.
2014 Week 11 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Ebron was back in the starting lineup and lined up all over the formation against Arizona. As a split out receiver, Ebron caught a comeback route target, but was called for offensive pass interference on the play. On a third route out route, Ebron stretched for what looked to be a first down, but was marked short and the review did not reverse the call. Ebron ran a high percentage of out routes and drags across the field instead of the seam routes earlier in the season. On one crossing route, he was tripping up in the open field where a longer gain was possible. Rookie tight ends are rarely impactful and Ebron's 2014 season has followed that trend.
2014 Week 12 vs NE (7 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ebron was active in the passing game against New England, but that did not lead to a strong outcome. He ran more deep routes than in previous weeks and Darrelle Revis covered Ebron on occasion. Ebron's most stark mistake was dropping a pass of 30 yards; the ball went right through his hands. He did redeem himself to some degree hauling in an out route to convert a fourth down late in the game. Ebron's athleticism flashes, but his hands, route-running, and awareness are still very much a work in progress.
2014 Week 13 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ebron led Detroit tight ends with four targets and continues to show signs of growing pains as a rookie tight end. On the positive side, Ebron took a short flat route reception and hurdles a defender for additional yardage. That play serves as a reminder of Ebron's receiver-like athleticism that remains unpolished and untapped. On the flip side, Ebron gave a half-hearted effort with one hand on an out route later in the game.
2014 Week 14 vs TB (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Another week and another defender left grasping at air as the athletic Ebron hurdled them in the open field against Tampa Bay. Ebron logged a third-and-long conversion as a hot read from the slot as well. He flashed from time to time, but the rookie tight end's integration in the offense as a primary option as been slow this season.
2014 Week 15 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Ebron's playing time has been hovering around half the Lions offensive snaps for the past two months despite his lead role in terms of tight end targets. Brandon Pettigrew continues to see a healthy volume of snaps as a blocker and Ebron has seen few downfield targets as a rookie. This week was no exception with Ebron not seeing an accurate target until midway through the fourth quarter, motoring for 11 yards after a flat route reception.
2014 Week 17 vs GB (7 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
This week marked the first concerted effort to get Ebron the ball down the field since the opening games of the season. Many of Ebron's seven targets in the box score were uncatchable throwaways by Matthew Stafford. Ebron did have one contested target ripped away despite getting two hands on the ball. Ebron's two downfield catches showed the flashes of his potential role as he develops - beating single coverage and power throws from Stafford over the middle.
2014 Week 18 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Ebron was not a significant factor in Detroit's passing game in the playoff game against Dallas. After a short out route reception in the late third quarter, Ebron had two receptions underneath on the final drive of the game as Dallas played prevent defense in pass coverage. Despite significant playing time, Ebron did not show much, if any, progression in his receiving role or acumen as his rookie season progressed.