Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Starter: Brandon Pettigrew
Reserves: Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria
Practice Squad: Jordan Thompson
I have to admit that I’m slightly biased towards this group, as they haven’t exactly proven themselves yet; but I believe there is a lot to be excited about.
With the addition of Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew will be able to focus primarily as an in-line blocker for the Lions, much like how Benjamin Watson was used in the Saints’ offense last year. This will allow the Lions to rotate both Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria all over the field and create plenty of mismatches.
Ebron has plenty of work to do and dealt with some inconsistencies during the preseason, but it’s a lot to learn for a rookie. Ebron has a lot on his plate and is learning to line up as an in-line tight end, slot receiver/TE, outside receiver, and also in the backfield. He may not have a huge impact as a rookie, but Caldwell has shed some light on how the Lions will use Ebron, and it’s pretty clear that he will be a big part of their plans moving forward.
Fauria remains a huge threat in the redzone, but he’s also ameliorated his ability to block.
Last year, fans were obsessed with the emergence of Joseph Fauria and his awesome dance moves. This year, Fauria has gone a bit under the radar, but he’s improved greatly in almost every aspect of his game. Fauria remains a huge threat in the redzone, but he’s also ameliorated his ability to block.