Sep 14, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) makes a catch in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the Lions 24-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
1. Tight end production
Entering the season, the famed group had the massive Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria and Eric Ebron in the fold, leading to thoughts that they’d form the most elite group in football.
Thanks to injuries, so far that hasn’t proven true. In total, the group has accounted for 220 yards and one touchdown, which is far from elite. Their replacements, Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis, haven’t excelled either when pressed into duty recently. Basically, the Lions are operating without any tight ends.
Somehow, the Lions need to get half of their main group healthy again and hope for better results. That would take plenty of pressure off the receivers and a sputtering running game.