After wrapping up OTAs on Friday, the Lions will begin a three-day mandatory minicamp next Tuesday. Although Ebron has missed the entirety of OTAs, there hasn't been any indication his injury is serious, and he has still been present as an observer. With Calvin Johnson retired and the Lions lacking other pass-game options at tight end, Ebron figures to be a key piece in the aerial attack this season under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Ebron is expected to be one of the main receiving targets for quarterback Matthew Stafford this season now that Calvin Johnson has retired, but the team doesn't seem to be too worried that Ebron missed practice. Head coach Jim Caldwell said in reference to Ebron, "He's coming along, so we've got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." While it remains unclear why the tight end is out, it doesn't appear he'll be out for too much longer, and he should be considered day-to-day for a return to practice.
Also in the mix to be key passing targets for the
Eric 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.
Eric 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.
|P1||8/12/16||@ PIT||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/16||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/26/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
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