Eric Ebron is no longer an Indianapolis Colt, and he's probably not someone you're targeting on Draft Day either. Ebron signed with the Steelers in the offseason and figures to see a decrease in target share at the very least. The Colts averaged 150 targets per year to tight ends during Ebron's two years there while the Steelers averaged just below 100. Ebron will still be sharing with Vance McDonald, and he's simply not efficient enough to make due with four or five targets per game. Barring another absurd touchdown rate, Ebron is nothing more than a streamer or bye week replacement in Fantasy, but a Week 1 matchup against the Giants secondary may make you do a double-take.
Ebron (ankle) announced via his official Twitter account on Thursday that he has passed his physical. Ebron stated early April that he was still in recovery mode after undergoing procedures on both ankles, but he's now managed to officially pass his physical and resume running and cutting without pain. The 27-year-old was limited by ankle woes during the 11 games he suited up for with the Colts last season, after having previously broken out with a 13-score campaign in 2018. Now evidently healthy enough to participate in on-field drills whenever the Steelers ultimately reconvene for offseason activities, Ebron will look to build chemistry with veteran signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger, who has a history of utilizing the tight end position while leading Pittsburgh's aerial attack.
Ebron said he's not yet recovered from surgery on his ankle, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "If the season started today, I don't think I'd be able to 100 percent perform," Ebron added Thursday. Ebron initially injured his ankle Aug. 4 but played through the pain until Week 12, after which he was shut down for the rest of the campaign. After breaking out for 13 touchdowns in his first year with the Colts in 2018, the aforementioned injury, among other things, contributed to him managing just three TDs last season. Since undergoing an initial procedure in early December, Ebron more recently had his ankle examined and "cleaned out" by a doctor in Houston. While he hasn't been looked at by the Steelers' medical staff, he's slated to be healthy once the team reconvenes for activities, whenever that may be.
Ebron will sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Ebron is bouncing back from procedures in both of his ankles, but evidently the Steelers are comfortable with the way he's progressing and have added another pass-catching weapon for QB Ben Roethlisberger. When healthy, Ebron can be a useful red-zone option, as evidenced by the fact that he scored 17 touchdowns in 27 games over the last two seasons he spent with the Colts.
Ebron confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent successful surgery Wednesday on both of his ankles. Ebron's season officially ended when the Colts placed him on injured reserve Nov. 25, and though he should be back to full strength by the time the 2020 campaign kicks off, it's not clear if he'll be wearing an Indianapolis uniform. The 26-year-old will become a free agent again this spring with his two-year, $13 million contract expiring.
The Colts officially placed Ebron (ankles) on injured reserve Monday. Reports surfaced earlier Monday that Ebron would require season-ending surgery on both ankles, so the move to IR is merely a formality. With Ebron out of the picture, Jack Doyle is the clear No. 1 tight end for the Colts moving forward, while Mo Alie-Cox should be in store for more work in two-tight-end sets. The Colts also added another body at the position in a corresponding move, signing free agent Ross Travis to provide additional depth.
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|1||09/14||@New York Giants||25||8.00|
|13||12/06||Washington Football Team||27||8.38|
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