Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron
26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Indianapolis Colts
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Injury Ankle
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For four years, Ebron was the designated scapegoat for the Detroit passing game. He was known for his untimely drops and occasional no-shows, and he never came close to living up to his lofty draft pedigree (10th overall pick in 2014). When Ebron signed with the Colts last year, half of Michigan offered to drive him to the airport. And here's where the story flips. Sparked by a Pro Bowl QB and a modern, creative play designer, Ebron broke out in his fifth season. His 13 touchdown catches eclipsed his entire four-year TD count in Motown, and the Colts even farmed him a 14th score on the ground. The efficiency stats weren't that much different from the Detroit days, which forces the question that maybe the Lions never trusted Ebron enough. For Ebron to keep his spot in the set-and-forget tier, he'll need to hold his market share amidst a crowded receiving tree. He was fourth in TE targets, and perhaps more important, third in TE red-zone targets last year. That's where the money is made. With Jack Doyle back healthy and Devin Funchess imported from Carolina, it's likely Ebron sees a notable dip in his 2019 spikes. That said, the Colts feel like they got the genie out of the bottle with Ebron, and those types of things don't always return to previous levels. Price in significant regression this year, especially with Andrew Luck no longer under center for Indy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Colts in March of 2018.
Satisfied with surgery
TEIndianapolis Colts
Ankle
December 5, 2019
Ebron confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent successful surgery Wednesday on both of his ankles.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Eric Ebron's 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
42.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.42
 
% Team Air Yards
14.9%
 
% Team Targets
12.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
60.8%
 
Drop Rate
11.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
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How often does Eric Ebron run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Eric Ebron and the other tight ends for the Colts are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Eric Ebron
207 routes   52 targets
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How does the Saints pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
81.3
 
Cornerbacks
83.1
 
Safeties
59.4
 
Linebackers
96.3
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Eric Ebron's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
253 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.45 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.49 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ebron is a good example of how 90 percent of life can be just showing up. He graded out as the TE13, TE14 and TE12 in half-PPR scoring the last three years, despite constant issues with drops and route running. If you had faith in Ebron come playoff time last year, he gave you 10 catches in Week 14 and touchdowns in Weeks 15 and 16. But the Lions, somewhat frustrated with the lack of improvement from their 2014 first-round pick, moved along after the year. Maybe a healthy Andrew Luck could turn Ebron into something. The Colts don't have much in their passing game after T.Y. Hilton, and although tight end Jack Doyle has turned into a zone-busting safety valve, he doesn't have Ebron's raw athleticism or draft pedigree. And look at the Indianapolis wideouts after Hilton - there are going to be targets available. Ebron's two-year deal is for $13 million, so follow the money - he'll get chances to play through some mistakes on a rebuilding team in Naptown. For one more time, maybe the final time, we'll begrudgingly give Ebron some space on the sleeper page.
Ebron showed nice progress in his third season, hitting career highs in catches and yards while pushing his catch rate above 70 percent for the first time. He also started all 13 games he appeared in, after serving as a part-time player the two previous years. But when the Lions got close to the end zone, Ebron was surprisingly ignored. He only picked up six red-zone targets -- including three inside the 10-yard line -- as Anquan Boldin was essentially the team's go-to widebody in that area. Boldin is unsigned at press time, and although it's not quite definite he won't be back in Detroit, team brass hinted a reunion is unlikely. With the Lions lacking a clear successor for Boldin's role as a slot wideout and frequent red-zone target, Ebron could get back to the five-touchdown level we saw two years ago, or possibly even build on that. He was a first-round pick in 2014, after all, boasting 4.6 speed at 6-4, 253, though he also had trouble converting his receptions into touchdowns in college -- scoring on eight of 112 catches at UNC. While his development has perhaps come slower than expected, his yardage totals have still increased significantly each year. Ebron is the biggest primary target on the roster, and his efficiency stats show an improving player.
Few players face as big a prove-it year as Ebron, who has largely disappointed since being drafted 10th overall in 2014. Ebron improved his numbers in Year 2, but it was still a mediocre showing from a player with immense physical talent on a team that attempted the fourth-most passes in the league last season. With Calvin John-son retired, however, Ebron will have more chances to prove his worth. The Lions said they plan to use Ebron and his 4.60 40 speed more as a deep threat and look to create mismatches with his size (6-4, 265). Ebron could stand to improve his catch rate, 67.1 percent last year, 14th among TE. As a rookie, his drops were chalked up to too much thinking on the field as he was asked to learn multiple positions. But then he dropped five passes last year (T-3rd). Once he has the ball, though, he is excellent after the catch, using his agility and speed to average 6.1 YAC (5th), improving his YPT to 7.7 (12th). He was strong in the red zone, as well, catching six of eight targets to score all five of his TDs. More goal-line chances (3 of 4 inside the 10 last year, three TD) should come with Megatron out of the picture. If he makes the most of it, Ebron wouldn't be the first tight end to break out in his third year. He missed OTAs with an undisclosed injury but is expected to be healthy for training camp.
Ebron failed to live up to sky-high expectations last year as the 10th overall draft pick. He was asked to learn four positions — tight end, slot, wideout and H-back — which overwhelmed him. And with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate gobbling up 45 percent of the team's targets, in addition to three pass-catching running backs, there weren't many opportunities for Ebron, who also missed three games with a hamstring injury. He also didn't make good use of his opportunities. He caught only 53.2 percent of his targets, 36th among qualified tight ends, and ranked eighth with one drop every 8.5 attempts. The Lions classified those as "concentration drops," a result of too much thinking while running routes. After a year of learning the playbook and the position(s), Ebron enters Year 2 with solid upside. He is expected to be the third option in the passing game, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. With Megatron and Tate as deep threats on the outside, Ebron should be free to use his size advantage (6-4, 265) against linebackers in the middle and his 4.60 speed up the seam. And with improved concentration, his athleticism should take over — he has a wide catch radius with long arms and huge hands and makes tacklers miss in the open field (5.2 yards after the catch, 9th). Ebron might have to fight for red-zone targets with Joseph Fauria, but Brandon Pettigrew likely will be relegated to a blocking role again this year.
The 10th pick in this year's NFL Draft, Ebron finds himself in an advantageous situation. The Lions hired former Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, and he plans to install a Saints-style passing attack with Ebron used like the versatile Jimmy Graham -- split wide, in the slot or in tight. The Lions, who also signed wideout Golden Tate, have a lot of receiving options, but Ebron is expected to dominate the tight-end targets. Veteran Brandon Pettigrew likely be used more as a blocker, and the 6-7 Joseph Fauria, who scored seven touchdowns last season, figures to share some of his 14 red-zone looks with Ebron. Both could be used together in the red zone. At 6-4, 245, with 4.6 speed, Ebron figures to be a mismatch down the seam, guaranteed to see single coverage with Calvin Johnson on the field. He is an excellent route runner -- the majority of his receptions at North Carolina last year came lined up as a wide receiver -- and is good after the catch. The only knock on him is his hands, which are just average, but the Lions believe he will improve. Even so, he still broke Vernon Davis' ACC record for receiving yards last year.
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Move to IR confirmed
TEIndianapolis Colts
Ankle
November 25, 2019
The Colts officially placed Ebron (ankles) on injured reserve Monday.
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Needs season-ending surgery
TEIndianapolis Colts
Ankle
November 25, 2019
Ebron will be placed on injured reserve as he's scheduled to have surgery on both ankles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Paces pass catchers in Week 12 loss
TEIndianapolis Colts
November 21, 2019
Ebron (ankle) secured four of five targets for 44 yards in the Colts' 20-17 loss to the Texans on Thursday.
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Suiting up Week 12
TEIndianapolis Colts
November 21, 2019
Ebron (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday night's road game against the Texans.
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Draws questionable tag
TEIndianapolis Colts
Ankle
November 20, 2019
Ebron (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Texans.
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