Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Known for both big plays and big mistakes, Ebron largely had an uneventful first season in Pittsburgh last year, operating as the fourth receiving option in an offense that threw a league-high 656 passes. Handling 74 percent snap share in his 15 games, Ebron finished 2020 with the seventh-most routes run (485) among tight ends, yet landed well outside the top 10 for fantasy. Part of that was being targeted on only 18.7 percent of routes, and part of it was the inefficiency (6.1 YPT) that comes with seven drops and poor QB play. The drops have long been an issue for Ebron, who has now scored eight TDs the last two seasons, after erupting for 14 in 2018 on an Andrew Luck-led Colts team. And on top of the issues that limited his production last season, Ebron now faces snap competition from second-round pick Pat Freiermuth, who had 310 receiving yards in only four games for Penn State last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Steelers in March of 2020.
Faces increased competition
TEPittsburgh Steelers
May 2, 2021
Ebron faces increased competition for targets this season after the Steelers selected Pat Freiermuth with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Ebron hauled in 31 passes for 375 yards during his final season with the Colts in 2019, his lowest marks since his rookie year in 2014. However, he established himself as the primary tight end in Pittsburgh last season and hauled in 56 of his 91 targets for 558 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round of the draft after Vance McDonald retired in January. Ebron likely will handle most of the pass-catching duties while Freiermuth serves as the No. 2 tight end to begin the 2021 campaign, but the rookie could compete for targets if Ebron gets off to a slow start.
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How do Eric Ebron's 2020 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
40.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.84
 
% Team Air Yards
13.9%
 
% Team Targets
13.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
61.5%
 
Drop Rate
6.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.6
 
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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 Steelers 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
485 routes   91 targets
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92%
4 routes   0 targets
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5 routes   1 target
71%
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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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Ebron's 2019 was probably doomed as soon as Andrew Luck retired. A 14-TD season the previous year was a testament to the QB more so than his TE, with Ebron piling up scores despite posting 6.8 YPT and the fourth-highest drop rate (7.3 percent) among TEs. Ebron actually improved to 7.2 YPT last year, but the drops (11.8 percent) got even worse, reminiscent of his Detroit days. Nagging injuries were a factor, as his season ended in November when he decided to have surgeries on both ankles. A lengthy rehab process didn't scare away the Steelers, who handed Ebron a two-year, $12 million contract. The 27-year-old received medical clearance in May and doesn't expect to miss any practice time this summer. While the contract suggests Ebron should get most of the TE targets, 30-year-old Vance McDonald is only two years removed from a 610-yard season with 8.5 YPT, so there is some competition.
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.
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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Tests positive for COVID-19
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Illness
January 15, 2021
Ebron tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Off the COVID list
TEPittsburgh Steelers
January 7, 2021
Ebron has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
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Shifts to COVID-19 list, out Sunday
TEPittsburgh Steelers
Undisclosed
January 2, 2021
Ebron was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Scores fifth touchdown vs. Colts
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 27, 2020
Ebron (back) caught five of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
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Turns in full practice
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 24, 2020
Ebron (back) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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