Eric Ebron on 2015 season: 'I really showed that I can be a threat'
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron showed some encouraging improvement in his second NFL season. After a disappointing rookie year, he emerged as a decent pass-catcher in 2015 and reestablished some of his potential for the future.
Ebron said his increased production proves that he can be a difference-maker for Detroit's offense.
Via Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman:
I really showed that I can be a threat. I really showed I can be valuable and I really showed that I can be trustworthy in tight situations. It’s now just continuing to improve and make statements and make myself known.
Ebron was the 10th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, so fans expected him to produce more than 25 receptions for 248 yards and a touchdown as a rookie. In his second season, those numbers swelled to 47 catches, 537 yards and five touchdowns. The critics have been calmed -- for now.
There's still a lot of room for Ebron to improve. He was a distant fourth favorite target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed 80-plus passes to wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick.
For Ebron to fulfill his draft-day potential, he needs to become Safford's second or third favorite target.