Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
2014 was a hard year for the former Tar Heel. Widely and inaccurately labeled a bust by many Lions fans, Eric Ebron did not produce the type of season fans hoped for when he was selected 10th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
What he did well last year
At times Ebron showed what the Lions thought he could be when they drafted him. He showed catching ability in the red zone when targeted, showed great athleticism by hurdling defenders and showed that he can line up just about anywhere. Ebron showed very little in his rookie year. But what he did show, is that he has a future.
What he must do in 2015
I don’t necessarily want to take part in the overblown Ebron drops narrative that’s snuck its way back into the news. But nevertheless, it is a concern. Ebron was targeted 47 times in 2014 and only came down with 25 receptions. Not all of his misses were drops. naturally there were some balls that were over or under thrown. Ebron must turn those drops into catches more often than not in 2015. Securing more catches will build trust with Matthew Stafford, which will lead to more targets and more success.
Lions fans should still not expect to see Pro Bowl caliber play from Ebron. If you are, it’s your fault when it doesn’t happen, not Ebron’s. Nevertheless Ebron will improve in 2015 and make a name for himself in Detroit, one that is not in a negative light. I would expect something like 50 receptions for 635 yards and 5 touchdowns.
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