Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.
"Listen, there's a big learning curve, obviously, for any rookie. And the tight end position is one that requires a lot," Lombardi said, per MLive.com. "As you look back, if you're self critical, maybe we asked a little too much from him from that perspective. I think there was just a volume that he struggled with early.
"But, listen, he was productive, and for anybody the second year is always where you see the biggest jump."
“I think he dealt with some typical rookie issues in learning the offense,” Mayhew told the team's website. “I think he got a lot better as the season went on, even after the hamstring (which forced him to miss three games).
“It may have calmed him down a little bit and I think he played better later in the year. Certainly I would expect better production next year. He’s certainly capable, he certainly has the ability. I think he’s going to be better the second year in our offense. I think a lot of our players are going to be better the second year in our offense and think he’s one of them. I do expect more from him.”
Ebron was targeted 46 times, and he had four drops.
"(The stats) might not have been what you guys all expected for me to do, or things like that, but it definitely will improve," Ebron said.
Ebron totaled 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown in 13 games (seven starts). Ebron is so confident his numbers will improve that he feels he can be in the same ballpark as Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who totaled 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in '14.
"Absolutely," Ebron said. "It's myself. I hold myself to high standards. So I always see a lot of things happening, and in the future, maybe it'll happen that way."
With Reggie Bush sidelined with an ankle injury,
But Ebron might have shown glimpses of increased production in Week 11 against Arizona with a season-high four receptions in a starting role. Jim Caldwell believes that could be the beginning of something good.
"With him, coming along, he played a lot more comfortable at his position," Caldwell told MLive.com. "I do think, down the stretch, he's going to be able to stretch the field for us from his position. Not only that, but give us some big plays as well."
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