Last month, Lions first-round pick Eric Ebron said that he thought the NFL needs a designation for tight ends that line up in various places on offense while serving mainly as a receiver in order to avoid situations like the one the Saints and Jimmy Graham are going through over his franchise tag this offseason.
Ebron isn’t just looking out for Graham, though. If his career goes according to plan, he could find himself in a similar dispute down the road.
During an appearance on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, Ebron said that he expects to line up in the slot about half the time while also seeing time as an in-line tight end and in the backfield over the course of the season. All that moving around is why Ebron says the mental adjustments have been his biggest focus this offseason.
“I’ve been everywhere,” Ebron said. “That’s what’s killing me.”
Ebron also said that the team has been working with him on his blocking after he wasn’t asked to do much of it during his final two years at North Carolina. Mastering that skill won’t do much for any hypothetical future arguments about Ebron being a wide receiver, but it would go a long way toward making him the player that the Lions want him to be.