Ebron caught three of four targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-9 win over Washington.
Ebron has opened his Colts tenure with touchdowns in back-to-back games, this time scoring from seven yards out on the opening drive. Fellow tight end Jack Doyle saw one more target that Ebron, but the former Detroit Lion finished with six more yards and is emerging as Indianapolis' player to own at the position thanks to his red-zone usage.
Ebron caught all four of his targets for 16 yards in Monday night's 20-19 loss to the Ravens in the second preseason game.
Ebron split his receptions between starting quarterback Andrew Luck and backup Jacoby Brissett, catching two passes from both signal-callers. While fellow tight end Jack Doyle went for 32 yards on his two grabs, coach Frank Reich's offense leaves ample room for multiple players to make an impact at the position. Now, Ebron will just hope to find more room to run after the catch in Indianapolis' upcoming games.
Ebron was moved out wide on occasion during Wednesday's OTA session, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Keefer suggested that Ebron's presence outside could become a consistent part of the offense in 2018. It wouldn't be too surprising given Ebron's proficiency as a pass-catcher, with Jack Doyle also on the roster to serve as the in-line tight end. Despite showing some promise at different points in his career, the 25-year-old tight end has yet to put it together completely. The Colts are hoping a change of scenery and game plan will unlock some of his potential.
Ebron oddly seems to be taking a bit of a shot at Matthew Stafford, who completed 66.1 percent of his passes while tossing 85 touchdowns and 33 interceptions the past three seasons. Regardless of his judgement on quarterbacks, Ebron is one of the better athletes at his own position and will be celebrating his 25th birthday Tuesday. The Colts are betting he has untapped upside, after signing him to a two-year, $13 million contract that includes $6 million guaranteed, per OverTheCap. It isn't a huge risk for a team with a plethora of cap space, as Ebron's deal lacks any guarantees beyond 2018. He'll team up with Jack Doyle in an offense that figures to make heavy use of two-TE formations in an attempt to mask potential deficiencies at running back and wide receiver. Ebron reported to the team Monday for the start of the voluntary offseason program, where he'll pick up his playbook from a staff led by head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Meanwhile, Luck still hasn't begun throwing footballs and may be limited all spring, but he remains optimistic he'll enter training camp without limitations.
Selected 10th overall by the Lions in the 2014 draft, Ebron was unable to uphold lofty expectations, despite earning at least 52 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last three seasons. If one cherry picks his best marks in each category, the line reads 61 catches (in 2016) on 86 targets (2017) for 711 yards (2016) and five touchdowns (2015). Overall, he averaged just 7.2 YPT and caught a TD every 16.9 receptions as a Lion, but working in his favor with the Colts will be the attention paid to No. 1 tight end Jack Doyle by opposing defenses. If Andrew Luck (shoulder) is able to play a majority of the upcoming campaign, Ebron could benefit further in weekly box scores.
|3||9/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|5||10/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
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|14||12/9/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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