As a rookie, Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron only caught 25 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown. He also only played in 13 games. To say his rookie season was disappointing would be an understatement considering he was the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Going into the 2015 season, the Lions need Ebron to bring more to the table, and they are expecting big things out of him. Case in point:
Lombardi: "Ebron's the guy we're counting on to be that" No. 3 weapon on offense this year.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 1, 2015
Lombardi: "I think that’s going to be a big key to our growth is to get more production from Eric (Ebron) and I think he’s ready to do that"— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) April 1, 2015
What does Ebron need to do to become a more complete player and a bigger part of the offense? Aside from the usual things like improving his blocking and route running and limiting his drops, Ebron also just needs to develop some chemistry with his quarterback. That's easier said than done considering players are spread out all over the country during the offseason, but Ebron has made a point to get to Atlanta to train with Matthew Stafford.
Lombardi also said Eric Ebron has been flying to Atlanta to work with Stafford this offseason.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) April 1, 2015
It's nice to see that Ebron is putting in work in the offseason, especially with his quarterback, but the Lions need to see results this fall. Ebron developing into the No. 3 option in the passing game would drastically alter the outlook of the Lions' offense, as defenses would be forced to focus less on Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. I don't think anybody is expecting him to suddenly become a Jimmy Graham type of player or anything like that, but Ebron does need to take a big step forward in his sophomore season in the NFL.