Eric Ebron got off to a slow start during Detroit Lions minicamp but after a solid finish in which he flashed the skills that made him the tenth overall pick, he has big goals in mind for the 2014 season. Via DetroitLions.com:
“My goals are set high,” Ebron said Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, where he’s the grand marshal for the Quicken Loans 400. “I’ve never set goals that were too low or too easy to achieve. I’m going to try to go for rookie of the year. If it happens, it happens. I believe I can do it.”
Ebron is clearly not the “set your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed” type. Of course, neither was former Lions running back Kevin Smith, who guaranteed the Lions would make the playoffs in 2009 – just a year after going 0-16. They finished 2-14.
Unlike Smith’s guarantee, Ebron’s goals are much more realistic and he carries the belief of his quarterback and coaching staff.
“Matt (Stafford) believes I can do it, coaches believe I can do it,” Ebron said. “My coach right now, he’s saying, ‘Our goal right now is to make it to the Pro Bowl our rookie year.’ I was like, ‘Well, your goal is my goal, so we’re going to try to do it as fast and as quickly and make it be known as fast as we can.”
The retirement of Tony Gonzalez opens up one of the four tight end roster spots from a year ago so there is certainly an opportunity for Ebron to squeeze his way into the Pro Bowl as a rookie. But it will take a big season from Ebron. With Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell targets may be tough to come by at times. That being said, the Lions drafted Ebron to be a weapon, not a decoy, on offense and all signs point to him being used as much from the very beginning.