Eric Ebron turning heads in Indianapolis

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Colts tight end Eric Ebron was a draft bust in Detroit, but he might be ready to make his mark in Indianapolis.

That’s the word after the Colts wrapped up their offseason workouts, and coach Frank Reich said he loved what he saw of Ebron.

He’s really smart,” Reich said of Ebron, via the Indianapolis Star. “I knew that because we did our homework before he got here. We knew he was a smart player. But he’s like really a highly intelligent football player. And that’s really good because you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and move him around and call all kinds of things with him. That helps. And he’s an explosive athlete.”

The Lions used the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft on Ebron and he was a huge disappointment — especially considering that the 11th pick was Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, the 12th pick was Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham and the 13th pick was Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald. But there’s talent there, and Reich is hoping to get something out of that talent that Jim Caldwell never could.

49 responses to “Eric Ebron turning heads in Indianapolis

  1. Frank Reich knows how to use tight ends. Hopefully Luck is able to play, or this season will not be good in Indy.

  2. I call bs on Frank Reich because if you’ve ever heard him speak for even 30 seconds then you know that he’s the opposite of smart. Additionally he can’t block and he drops tons of balls. It’s infuriating that we could have drafted Aaron Donald instead of this clown

  3. “It’s infuriating that we could have drafted Aaron Donald instead of this clown”

    I hate these comments for the simple fact that every team and fan base almost every year could look back and say they wished they picked this guy instead of this guy. Fact is in 2014 the Lions still had Suh,Fairley under contract at DT and the prestigious Brandon Pettigrew was still lingering around as a possible starter before they took Ebron. The D-Line was the biggest position of strength on that team.

  4. “But he’s like really a highly intelligent football player”. Like can you tell us some more?

  5. always did talk a good game, but never rose above the level of an overdrafted workout warrior…

  6. Outside of Andrew Luck and a couple other players, you have to consider the talent level they have when you hear that EE is making heads turn. The Colts are still trying to turn the corner on a talent acquisitions that included trading a #1 for Trent Richardson and drafting a wide Receiver with their #1 pick when the O-Line was non-existent.

  7. Ebron was a disappointment and it burns worse because of all the great players drafted after him but a bust is incorrect. The guy is still a starting TE even if it’s just an average one. Busts don’t make $7.5M a year on their second contract.

  8. I get he is not a top TE, but he was the best the Lions had. He caught 114 balls over last 2 years.

    Who did Lions replace him with? Luke Willson😒 30 catches over the last 2 years. 89 catches total over his 5 yr career😩

    I almost guarantee Ebron has a better season this year than any Lions TE.

  9. Michael Mullins says:
    June 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    “It’s infuriating that we could have drafted Aaron Donald instead of this clown”

    I hate these comments for the simple fact that every team and fan base almost every year could look back and say they wished they picked this guy instead of this guy. Fact is in 2014 the Lions still had Suh,Fairley under contract at DT and the prestigious Brandon Pettigrew was still lingering around as a possible starter before they took Ebron. The D-Line was the biggest position of strength on that team.
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    Showing your lack of knowledge here. Suh was in the last year of his contract and Fairley pretty much had one foot out the door. They were both gone after that season. The Lions should have anticipated that possibility and didn’t.

  10. Smarts has nothing to do with those stone hands and googly eyed vision he has

  11. mikewhorio says:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    Michael Mullins says:
    June 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    “It’s infuriating that we could have drafted Aaron Donald instead of this clown”

    I hate these comments for the simple fact that every team and fan base almost every year could look back and say they wished they picked this guy instead of this guy. Fact is in 2014 the Lions still had Suh,Fairley under contract at DT and the prestigious Brandon Pettigrew was still lingering around as a possible starter before they took Ebron. The D-Line was the biggest position of strength on that team.
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    Showing your lack of knowledge here. Suh was in the last year of his contract and Fairley pretty much had one foot out the door. They were both gone after that season. The Lions should have anticipated that possibility and didn’t.
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    Exactly what this guy said

  12. Turning heads as in shaking their heads.

    During his time here Eric Ebron underachieved on the field, and was too obsessed with social media and what was said about him off of it.

  13. Some bitter Lions fans in here… (wait, do they make any other kind?)…. EE had Stafford firing rockets with 0 touch his entire career, and now he’ll get Luck throwing ducks. Should help his hands considerably!!!

  14. News Flash!!!! (Inset team/Coaches name here) is impressed with Player X in training camp/ OTA/Minicamp. Yaaaaawn

  15. Yeah he’s awesome in the preaseason, when he’s practicing and not talking. Just wait until there’s a few big third downs and he flubs them all, costing you the game. Then he’ll tell local TV how great he is after the game. We got 3 years of that.

  16. freefromwhatyouare , Ebron was on the books for a $8 mil cap hit which was the driving force for his release from the Lions . The Lions drafted Michael Roberts in 2017 as the probable replacement for Ebron . Don’t think it will be difficult for the TE’s on the roster to equal Ebron’s production for a lot less of a hit on the cap .

  17. I don’t know how a receiver can not be successful with such a talented QB in Stafford. Of course, they did draft about 40 receivers over the Millen years, so some were sure to bust.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm
    this guy sucks as do the colts
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    TyNosePick getting worried.

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm
    this guy sucks as do the colts

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    Nice of you to show up on every Colts article. Glad this team that “sucks” lives in your head 24-7. Hey you guys beat the Titans and Jags last year, so you get to hang a banner in Sept! Something the Colts have been doing for over a decade

  20. He was only a “bust” in Detroit because of the extremely high expectations that he would never play up to being a #10 overall pick. His big mouth, high salary, his tweets and the crucial drops got him the boot from Detroit. Other than that he’s not bad. 😛

  21. No one ever disputed Ebron’s intelligence in Detroit. The guy drove us nuts. On the one hand, he could make an amazing one-handed catch, behind his back, then hurdle a would-be tackler to pick up some extra yards, and then on the next ball his way he drops a 3rd and 15 right in his hands. Time and time again he did this to us. I wish him the best of luck in Indy because he seems like a really cool guy, but it was time to move on.

  22. A pretty good TE when he’s healthy. And Dwayne Allen and Fleener had some decent years with a healthy Andrew Luck. Ebron could have a great year in the red zone.

  23. Yeah everyone turns their head because they dont want to see him drop the ball

  24. He misses more blocks than catches – but that isn’t saying much
    Smart and Ebron do not go together, it’s like Lions and SuperBowls

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