Detroit Lions Stock Report: Week 2
By Kent Platte
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Up: Eric Ebron
The second year tight end hasn’t been setting the world on fire like I expected him too, but he has been vastly improved on what was a disappointing rookie season. He ended the game against the Vikings as the team’s 2nd most efficient receiver (Behind Theo Riddick) catching 60% of his targets. More importantly, he notched another touchdown, tying the number of touchdowns the entire Lions TE corps had in 2014 (A whopping 2).
He’s already hit about 40% of his 2014 yards and receptions and is getting about twice as many yards per game. That isn’t a big sample size to work off of, but it’s a promising start for a player who worked in the offseason to be more humble in his approach. Whatever he’s doing, it’s working.
There is still a lot of ground to overcome to validate his draft status, but Ebron went from rash and inconsistent to reliable target on a pass heavy team since last season, and that’s valuable. Considering the rough start to the season, it might even benefit the team if he regains some of that brash smack talking he had last season, give them a little push out of whatever funk they’re in.
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