Frank Reich looking forward to using “elite” Eric Ebron

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Tight end Eric Ebron never quite lived up to the expectations that came with being the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft during his four years with the Lions, but he’ll get a fresh start with the Colts after signing with them earlier this month.

His new head coach sounds pretty excited about getting a chance to put Ebron front and center in the offense. Frank Reich outlined some of what he thinks the Colts will do with Ebron this season by making a comparison to a star in another sport.

“There is a lot of man coverage in this league — the league is going more and more man coverage — so, now you put an elite tight end on the backside, it’s like clearing it out for LeBron, or something, in basketball,” Reich said, via the Indianapolis Star. “Just get everybody on one side of the court and get this guy one-on-one. Well, that’s the analogy here. So, in football, get all the receivers on one side, get the back on the other side, and then just put the tight end back here and see what [the defense] does. And some teams will double him. And then you get a linebacker, you get a safety, and if you get a tight end like Ebron — and even when they have a corner on him, you feel like it’s still a winning matchup, because of his size and catch radius.”

Comparisons to LeBron James rarely work out well for anyone other than James, but Reich’s larger point and the way the Eagles used Zach Ertz during his time as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia point to a big chance for Ebron to change the narrative on his NFL career.

24 responses to “Frank Reich looking forward to using “elite” Eric Ebron

  1. It’s laughable that you would call a tight end who can’t block and drops tons of balls “elite” but keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better

  2. Guy can’t catch or block any better (possibly worse) than an average TE and you’re going to put Ebron front and center in the offense. Yeah, good luck with that.

  3. He’s great at getting separation and getting his hands on the ball but he can’t hang onto it and complete the process. He also loves to talk and can’t resist responding to criticism on social media. He needed a fresh start as the fans turned on him and nothing he could do to change their perception of him. When 6 of the next 7 guys drafted after him were pro bowlers with two first team all pros, he never stood a chance. Certainly wasn’t his fault but he didn’t do anything to endear fans either. He got Martin Mayhew fired though, which is better for the franchise in the long run.

  4. LoL, what Elite TE are you talking about Reich? Cause Eric Ebron is a lot of things but ELITE IS NOT ONE OF THEM ILMAO!!!!! Ebron is one of the worst blocking TE”s in the NFL and as a receiver, he is pretty solid but has terrible hands as he drops way too many passes, he definitely is not an Elite TE. Just you know HC Reich what one looks like let me help you out, Gronk is an Elite TE, Jimmy Graham of 3-4 years ago was an Elite receiving TE. The TE you just signed isn’t anywhere near as good as either, Ebron most definitely is not an Elite TE.

  5. terripet says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:37 am
    10 tds this year. Luck will make him great
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    Andrew Luck could walk and put the ball in Ebron hands and Ebron would still drop it the guy is absolutely terrible. Ebron had one of the top QB’s in the NFL the last 4 years and couldn’t succeed. There is no way Luck coming back off a serious shoulder injury is going to make Ebron any better than Stafford could of. Stafford would constantly drop dimes right into Ebron’s bread basket and Ebron would constantly drop n fumble the ball away.

  6. It’s amazing how much hate Ebron gets, especially the drops. Calvin Johnson routinely was among the league leaders in drops too. Does that mean he sucked? Yes Ebron is a bad blocker, you know why? He’s a move TE, not an inline TE. Jimmy Graham is taller, heavier and has more length and he was worse blocker than Ebron in Seattle.

    Speaking of Graham, guess which TE led the league in drops over the last few years? Graham. Ebron had 5 drops last season, Graham had 4..in the end zone alone last year.

    The Lions didn’t use Ebron properly until the last 7 games of the season last year and he was the 5th best TE in the league over that stretch. He also is among elite company historically. He ranks in the top 5 EVER in first 4 years production at the position.

  7. Spartanlegend, good call, you know what is funnier? People calling Tom izzo, the king of choking, elite with his 1 title 2 decades ago. Now that is funny stuff

  8. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Spartanlegend, good call, you know what is funnier? People calling Tom izzo, the king of choking, elite with his 1 title 2 decades ago. Now that is funny stuff
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    Oh you must be talking about 8 time national coach of the year Tom Izzo who also has 7 big ten championships, 18 straight NCAA tournament appearances, seven final four appearances and a national championship? Yeah he’s a total choke artist and a terrible coach. I’m sure the coach wherever you went to school is far superior. Thanks for making me realize what a terrible coach he is and to think this whole time I’ve been living under the illusion that he was elite

  9. Spartanlegend thank you for realizing that the choke artist Spartans are the Atlanta Braves of college basketball

  10. terripet says:

    March 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

    10 tds this year. Luck will make him great

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    Luck won’t even play. Guy is done, just like the Colts.

  11. The Lions didn’t use Ebron properly until the last 7 games of the season last year and he was the 5th best TE in the league over that stretch. He also is among elite company historically. He ranks in the top 5 EVER in first 4 years production at the position.

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    Amazing! Why did the Lions cut him then?

  12. Being born in Southeast Michigan and seeing the Lions decimate Barry Sander’s career, I have no love for them
    but cutting EE was one of the best moves by a Lions GM in a loooooooong time
    Luck will learn soon enough to look the opposite way from EE when throwing a pass.

  13. I’ll see your 10 tds and raise it – let’s call it 20! Luck is turning the corner, and Ebron is elite!

    Another “gem”…

  14. The Lions didn’t use Ebron properly until the last 7 games of the season last year and he was the 5th best TE in the league over that stretch. He also is among elite company historically. He ranks in the top 5 EVER in first 4 years production at the position.

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    Amazing! Why did the Lions cut him then?

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    Because Ebron wanted out and they could use the $8.25 million to fill in a bunch of holes on defense. Do you actually know anything about the player and his situation?

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