Detroit Lions: 5 Initial Observations from Training Camp

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Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) tries to catch a pass during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Ebron’s Drops

The Lions aren’t dipping Ebron’s toe in the pool, they’ve pushed him in. Now the rookie tight end is learning to swim. Whether you agree with the approach or not is whole other debate, but there’s no questioning that information overload is taking its toll on Ebron so far in training camp. Namely, Ebron has struggled with drops throughout the first few days of camp.

After Tuesday’s practice, Dave Birkett opined that “an inordinate number of dropped passes…have negated his big-play ability.” While this is true, I’d also say the drops aren’t the real problem. The real concern for Ebron is learning the system inside and out to the point where he doesn’t have to think, but just play.

It’s important to recognize this won’t happen today, tomorrow, or even next week. But be encouraged that as the mental side of his game develops, his physical gifts should be able to shine.