Ebron snagged 47 of 69 targets for 537 yards and five touchdowns during the 2015 season. Ebron missed two games in the middle of the season with an injury, but was a consistent performer otherwise - catching at least four passes in eight of 14 games. For the season, Ebron ranked tied for ninth among tight ends with five touchdowns and, like many of his teammates, could see an increased role depending on whether or not Calvin Johnson returns to Detroit in 2016. If not, Ebron should see far less competition for red-zone looks.
Ebron caught five passes off of seven targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Chicago. Ebron helped snap a fourth-quarter tie with a one-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone, snapping a three-game scoreless streak. Season two wasn't exactly a coming out party for Ebron, but eight games of at least four catches out of 14 isn't too shabby, especially considering he ended the year with three such performances. Like most of Detroit's offensive players, his future value is tied to whether Calvin Johnson stays or not. If Megatron departs, Ebron should see more red-zone targets in 2016.
Ebron hauled in four of five targets for 49 yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers. Ebron followed last week's four-catch performance with another on Sunday, marking the first time he has recorded back-to-back four catch games since Week 1 through 3. The second-year tight end has struggled with consistency and his health this year and Detroits' backup receivers have had a leg up on him in terms of red zone production since Nov. 1. Over the past two months, Lions' backup receivers Lance Moore and TJ Jones have scored more touchdowns, three, than Ebron, one, despite the two's 28 targets falling short of Ebron's 35.
Ebron caught four passes (on five targets) for 79 yards in Monday's win over the Saints. Ebron led the Lions in receiving yards Monday, when his total was boosted by a game-long 45-yard catch. Although the Saints' defense has been horrible this season, Ebron deserves credit for taking advantage of the matchup and posting his second-best yardage mark of the campaign. The second-year tight end will target another strong showing as the season approaches its close Sunday against the 49ers.
Ebron (illness) is listed as active Monday at New Orleans, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. An illness affected Ebron's activity level this week, limiting his practice reps Friday before keeping him out entirely Saturday. Nevertheless, he'll be available against a Saints defense that has conceded the most receptions (81), most yards (1,063), and second-most touchdowns (10) to tight ends this season.
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